April 3, 2010
Clemson, SC-Freshman Corbin Mills had rounds of 68-67 to lead Clemson to a 16-under par day as a team and a fourth place standing out of 18 teams after two rounds of the Administaff Augusta State Invitational.
Host school Augusta State leads the tournament at 32-under par 544. South Carolina is second at 552 and Tennessee is third at 19-under par 557, just three shots ahead of the Tigers.
Clemson holds a fourth-place standing in the tournament despite missing its number-one player, Ben Martin, who is preparing to play in the Masters next week.
All 18 teams played two rounds on the Forest Hills course in Augusta, GA on Saturday. Clemson had a 277 team score in the first round, just three shots out of the lead behind Augusta State. Clemson was seven under par early in the second round and actually took a one shot lead at 18 under for the tournament.
Mills, a freshman from Anderson, SC and Wren High School, became the first player in Clemson history to have two rounds of four under par or better in the same day in Clemson golf history. The last Tiger to have two rounds of 68 or better in the same day was Greg Jones, who had rounds of 68-66 at the Jerry Pate Invitational on October 13, 2003. But that was played on a par 71 course.
Mills stands in third place after two rounds individually with his nine under par 135 total. Patrick Reed of Augusta State has a two shot lead entering the final round. Mills had six birdies and a bogey in his second round after recording five birdies and a bogey in the first round. Mills got his week off to a good start when he had a hole in one on his first shot of the practice round on Friday on the par three 165-yard fourth hole.
Mills had help from fellow freshman Crawford Reeves, who had rounds of 70-71 on Saturday. It was the first time this year Reeves had consecutive under par rounds. His 141 total stands in 21st place. Reeves played his last eight holes at three under par on Saturday.
Sophomore Jacob Burger also has a 141 total after two rounds. He had four birdies and three bogeys in the second round after recording six birdies and four bogeys in the first round.
Luke Hopkins had rounds of 69-74 on Saturday. The senior from Greer, SC stands in 33rd place at one under par 143.
Alex Boyd, a native of Augusta, GA, had rounds of 71-76 on Saturday.
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