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Clemson Announces Golf Signees

May 21, 2009

Clemson, SC – Clemson Head Coach Larry Penley has announced the signing of three student-athletes from the upstate of South Carolina to his 2009-10 freshman class. The class includes Crawford Reeves of Greenville, SC, Corbin Mills of Easley, SC and Will Ovenden of Spartanburg, SC.

“This was a very important recruiting year for us because we lose four players off of this year’s team,” said Penley. “It is a very good, talented class and I expect all three will compete for playing time next year. All three have big time games who have played strong competition as juniors.”

Reeves won the Jay Haas Award last year as the South Carolina Junior Golf Association Player of the Year. He was also named a first-team AJGA All-American in 2008, just the second first-team AJGA All-American to sign with Clemson since 1997. Kyle Stanley, All-American on the current Clemson team, is the other.

Reeves just helped Eastside High School in Greenville to the State AAA Championship, the first state championship in that school’s history. He has finished in the top four at the state tournament each of the last three years. In 2009 he is ranked 20th in the nation among junior players by Sagarin and Golfweek.

During 2008, he won 10 tournaments, including the Scott Robertson Memorial, the South Carolina Junior Match Play and the AJGA Medicus Preseason Championship. He is a four-time all-state selection and a five-time all-conference choice. He was also a 2008 Cannon Cup team selection.

Mills was a 2008 honorable mention AJGA All-American and is ranked 48th in the latest Sagarin junior rankings. He won the Bobby Chapman Tournament last year. As an AJGA player last year, he finished second at the Horseshoe Bend Junior Classic and 12th at the Ringgold Telephone Company Junior Classic. Mills played his high school golf at Wren High School.

Ovenden helped Dorman High School to a second place finish at the State 4A Tournament this year. He helped that team to a third place finish in the state tournament as a junior. He won the Carolinas Junior Championship in 2006 when he shot a 65 in the final round.