Clemson, S.C.—Freshman William Nottingham made just one bogey and shot a three under par 69 on Friday to lead Clemson to a 280 team score and a second place standing after the first round of the Furman Invitational at the Furman University Golf Course in Greenville, S.C.
Clemson trails Georgia Southern by one shot after the first 18 holes. The Eagles, who shot 279 as a team, were led by Brett Baron, who a tournament record nine-under par score of 63.
Nottingham had his first career eagle on the par five sixth hole and added two birdies in a consistent round. It was his second round in the 60s this year and just the second time he had the best round of the day among Tigers. The freshman from Kingsport, Tenn. stands in a tie for fifth place in the 128-player field.
All five Clemson players in the lineup shot even par or better in recording the 15th under par team round this year. Carson Young and Bryson Nimmer each had rounds of two under par 70 and stand in a tie for 11th place individually. Young had seven birdies on the day, including consecutive birdies on holes 1-2-3. It was the 28th career under-par round for Young, a senior from Pendleton.
Nimmer got off to a rough start with bogeys on three of his first five holes, but he rebounded to play the final 13 holes at four under par. His father, Tony Nimmer, birdied the last two holes in the final round in 1983 to give Clemson the team victory at the Furman Invitational.
Freshman Doc Redman, Clemson’s leader in stroke average this year, had a one-under-par 71 thanks to four birdies and three bogeys. It was his team best 14th under-par round of the year.
Austin Langdale shot even par thanks to four birdies and four pars.
Josh Fickes is playing the tournament as an individual and turned in a three under par 69, his best round of the year. His day included an eagle on the par five 11th hole, and six birdies.
All 21 teams will be back on the course on Saturday. Clemson begins at 9:40 a.m. off the first tee.
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