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Oct 05, 2023

Clemson Finishes Sixth at The Blessing as Final Round is Rained Out

Clemson, SC—Clemson finished in sixth place in the nine-team field at The Blessings in Fayettevilel, Arkansas on Wednesday when the final round was rained out after 90 minutes of play.

It was unfortunate  for Jordan Byrd’s Tigers because Clemson had played the first five holes in three under par as a team and had moved to fourth place.  But the rules state that when the final round is rained out the official results of the tournament revert to the end of the previous round.

Host school Arkansas won the tournament by six shots with a 13-under-par score of 563.  Mississippi State finished in second place at 569 and third ranked Washington was third with a 577 total.  Kentucky finished fourth at 590, Minnesota was fifth at 591 and Clemson was sixth at 593, one shot ahead of league rival NC State.  South Carolina was eighth at 600.

Senior Jonathan Nielsen fired a three-under-par 69 on Tuesday on the par 72 layout that is over 7700 yards.   His 143 score for the 36 holes gave him a sixth-place individual finish, tops among Tigers and his second top 10 finish as a Clemson golfer.

The native of Denmark had played the first five holes in three-under-par and was in second place when the rain came on Wednesday, but those scores will not count.   The rain wiped out his third career eagle on the par five 10th hole, his first hole of the round.

Kian Rose and Callahan Keever both had rounds of 75 on Tuesday.  Keever, who had a team best 72 in the first round, finish at 147, good enough for 21st place in his first career tournament in the Clemson lineup.   Rose finish with a 152 total, good enough of 37th place.

Sophomore Thomas Higgins had three straight birdies on the back nine on Tuesday and finished with a 77.  He finished in 34th place with a 151 total.   Andrew Swanson had a 77 on Tuesday and finished in 43rd place with a 155 total after 36 holes.

Clemson returns to the course October 13 at the Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate in Alpharetta, Ga.