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Apr 22, 2024

Clemson Finishes 10th at ACC Championship

Clemson,  SC—Clemson finished in 10th place at the Men’s ACC Golf Championship on Sunday afternoon at Charlotte Golf Club in Charlotte, NC.  It was a tough weather day for all 12 teams as the average score for the 60 golfers was 74.58, over three shots higher than the average for the first two rounds.

North Carolina finished first in the stroke play portion of the event with a 10-under par 842 score.  Florida State, Georgia Tech and Wake Forest all tied for second with scores of four under par 848 on the par 71 layout.  Those will be the fourth schools who advance to the match play championship semifinals on Monday morning.  The championship match will be held Monday afternoon.

Clemson finished in 10th with an 868 total, including a season high 304 strokes in the final round in the poor conditions.   Clemson now has a 76-76-1 head-to-head record in its 11 team events this year and thus is eligible for selection for the NCAA Tournament.  Teams must have a .500 record against the field in team tournaments to be extended a bid.

All 12 teams shot over par scores on Sunday, and 11 of the 12 (all but Wake Forest) had their highest team scores of the 54-hole tournament.

Andrew Swanson was Clemson’s best player on Sunday with a four over par 75 score.  He had a one over par 36 on the  back nine, then made par on his first six holes on the front to stand at +1 for the first 15 holes on Sunday.  But, like a lot of players, he made three straight bogeys to close.   The junior finished 30th overall with a 218 score for 54 holes.

Clemson’s top golfer for the tournament was sophomore Thomas Higgins who had a 215 score for his 54 holes to finish in 23rd place.  He had a second round 65, tied for the second best individual ACC Tournament round in Clemson history.  He had seven birdies in that round.   He shot a 76 on Sunday.

Calahan Keever and Allberto Dominguez tied for 40th in the individual race with scores of 221, eight over par.   Keever had a 76 Sunday, while Dominguez had a 77.

Jonathan Nielsen had an 82 on Sunday and finished 50th overall.  His first round 67 was the best among Tigers in the first round and second best by a Tiger in the tournament.