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Sep 26, 2022

Clemson in Sixth Place After First Round of Folds of Honor Collegiate

CLEMSON, S.C. — Kian Rose shot  a one-under-par 71 to lead Clemson to a sixth-place team standing after the first round of the Folds of Honor Collegiate in Grand Haven, Michigan.  The Tigers had a team score of six-over-par 294 in the opening round on the par 72 American Dunes Course that was designed by Jack Nicklaus and opened just last year.

This is the first Folds of Honor Collegiate Tournament and it is the first time Clemson has played any golf tournament in the state of Michigan.

While Clemson stands in sixth place in the 18-team event, the Tigers are just seven shots behind first-place Florida State, and just four shots behind second place Liberty.   Illinois and Oregon State are tied for third at 292, while Arizona is fifth at 293, just one shot ahead of the

Clemson in Sixth Place after First Round of  Folds of Honor Collegiate


Rose,  Clemson’s leader in stroke average this young season, had his 71 after  nine-hole scores of 35-36.  He made a bogey on the third hole, then had two birdies and 13 pars the rest of the way.   He played the par three holes and the par four holes in even par, and was one under on the par fives.  He was the only Tiger to play all three types of scoring holes at least even.

Rose is tied for fourth in the individual race and is just two shots off  the lead held by Jonathan Yaun of Liberty, who was the only player in the field  to shoot in  the 60s.

Jonathan Nielsen, a junior who shot even par in the first tournament of the year, shot even par on Monday and stands in a tie for 12th place.    He was one of just 16 players in the 90 player field to shoot par or better in the opening round.   He had two birdies and two bogeys and played  the last eight holes in one-under-par.

Super Senior Zack Gordon had a two-over-par 74 in the first round and stands in a  tie for 25th place.  He had two birdies and four bogeys on the day.

Carter Pendley had a 77, as a pair of double bogeys in the first nine hurt his round.   Andrew Swanson had the most unusual round of the  day.  The sophomore played the par four holes in one-under-par, tied for first in the field, but he was Clemson’s non-counter with a 78.   

The Clemson team played the par four holes at an average of 4.01, best in the field.  The difficult course played  to  an average of 77.10.

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