Oct. 15, 2011
Clemson, SC – Clemson freshmen Billy Kennerly and Hayden Garrett combined to shoot five under par and pace a 32-stroke improvement from the Tigers first round and move the Tigers from 13th place to sixth on Saturday at the Bank of Tennessee at Blackthorn Club Invitational. The 15-team tournament in Johnson City, TN concludes with 18 holes on Sunday.
Kennerly fired a second round 69 and Garrett had a two under par 70 on Saturday. Senior McCuen Elmore had a 69 as well, as Clemson shot a 281 team score, the best in the field for Saturday’s second round by five shots. It was just the second career round for Garrett, a true freshman from Easley.
Kennerly, who shot a 77 in the first round, stands in a tie for sixth place in the individual standings after 36 holes. He has a 36-hole total of 146 after his 69 on Saturday that included five birdies. His only flaw in the round was a double bogey on the ninth hole, his final hole of the day.
Garrett improved by 11 shots on Saturday after his opening round 81. He made five birdies, including consecutive birdies on holes 14, 15 and 16. He had a double bogey on the seventh hole, his 16th of the day for his only real blemish.
Elmore also made a big jump after shooting an opening round 81 to his second round 69. His second round was clean with four birdies and one bogey.
Thomas Bradshaw was Clemson’s fourth counter of the day with a one over par 73. Corbin Mills, Clemson’s top ranked player who just won the Jerry Pate Invitational, shot a second round 75 and was Clemson’s non-counter for the day.
NC State, who had an eight-shot lead after the first round, still has the lead, but by just one shot entering Sunday’s final round. The Pack is at seven over par 583, one shot better than Virginia. Clemson is in sixth place at 18 over par 594. Clemson was 32 shots out of the lead after its opening round 313, but is now just 10 shots behind the lead after its 281 team score.
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