Clemson, S.C.— Miller Capps and Bryson Nimmer both had top 25 finishes to lead Clemson to a ninth-place finish out of 15 teams at the Valspar Collegiate at Floridian Golf Club in Palm City, Fla. The event featured 30 of the top 100 players in the nation, and 10 of the top 25 teams in the nation from ranked among the best in the ACC, SEC, Big 12 and Big 10.
Texas won the tournament with an 855 score, three-over-par. The Longhorns were the only team to score 288 or better in all three rounds. LSU was second with an 860 score and Texas A&M and Oklahoma State were tied for third at 871.
Clemson finished with an 881 score, 29-over-par on the par 71 course. Teams that finished third through 11th were separated by just 11 shots. Clemson was in second place at one point in the round, but played the last two holes seven-over-par as a team.
One of the key moments took place with freshman Bryson Nimmer on the seventh hole, a par five. Nimmer was one-under-par for the day and in eighth place in the individual race, best among the Clemson golfers, and Clemson was in second place as a team.
But, the freshman was stung on a hand by a bee and double bogeyed three of the next four holes. He finished with a 77 for the day and dropped to 25th individually. Despite the injury, Nimmer played the par three holes in four-under par for the tournament, three shots better than anyone else in the field. Nimmer also led the Clemson team in pars with 35.
Capps and junior Austin Langdale had the best rounds of the day for Clemson with even par scores of 71. It was the best round of the tournament for Capps, who earlier had scored 76 and 73 on Monday. Langdale had an even-par 71, his best round of the tournament, but he was three-under-par heading to the 18th. He made a triple bogey on the final hole.
Carson Young contributed a three-over-par 74 and finished in a tie for 36th with a 222 score. Graduate student Stephen Behr finished with a 229 score for the 54 holes, 63rd place.
Clemson returns to action in 10 days when the Tigers play host the Clemson Invitational, April 1-3 at Keowee Falls Course in Sunset, S.C. It will be the first time since 1982 that Clemson has played host to a tournament.
March 21-22, 2016
Floridian Golf Club, Palm City, Fla.
1. Texas 855, 2. LSU 860, 3. Texas A&M and Oklahoma State 871, 5. South Carolina and Illinois 874, 7. Houston 878, 8. South Florida 880, 9. Arkansas and Clemson 881, 11. Florida State 882, 12. Kent State 890, 13. Memphis 900, 14. Georgia Tech 906, 15. Florida 909.
25. Miller Capps 220, 25. Bryson Nimmer 220, 36. Carson Young 222, 50. Austin Langdale 224, 63. Stephen Behr 229.
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