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Clemson Jumps Four Spots to Fourth Place at NCAA Regional

Clemson Jumps Four Spots to Fourth Place at NCAA Regional

Clemson, S.C.—Austin Langdale scored an eagle-two on the 458-yard second hole and finished with a two-over-par 74  to lead Clemson to a 301 team score and a fourth place ranking out of 14 teams after two rounds of the Stillwater Regional in Stillwater, Okla.   The third and final round will be played at the Karsten Creek Golf Course on the Oklahoma State campus on Wednesday.

Clemson jumped four places in the standings after a 20-over-par 308 on Monday left the Tigers in eighth place. The top five teams advance to the NCAA National Tournament in Eugene, Ore. May 27.   The Tigers have a three-shot advantage over sixth-place Augusta entering the final round.Home standing Oklahoma State has a comfortable 12-shot team lead with a 576 score and Oklahoma is second at 588.

Clemson played the back nine first and was five-over-par for that side as a team.  The Tigers were 18-over-par on the front nine on Monday, but made a 10-shot improvement on that side on Tuesday to finish with a 13-over par team score 301 for the round.

The shot of the round and perhaps the Clemson shot of the year came from Langdale, who did not have a birdie all day, but had 13 pars to go with an incredible eagle.  He hit his drive on the second hole, his 11th hole of the day, 270 yards to the left rough.     “I had trees in front of me and I was just trying to hit the ball hard to the vicinity to the green to try to make a par,” said Langdale. 

“I didn’t even use the range finder to see how far I was.”   He was actually 180 yards out after looking at his yardage book after the round.

“ I just wanted to hit it low with a hooded six iron.  I made good contact and it was headed towards the green.  I started to take off my rain pants after I hit it and the scorer said, ‘that is going to go in the hole. ’I looked up and watched it roll and it went in. It must have rolled 50 yards.”

It was Langdale’s eighth career eagle as a Tiger, his first on a par four hole. The shot seemed to kick start Clemson’s charge up the leader board.   Clemson was in seventh place eight shots off the cutline at the time.

“The course and the conditions were just stupid hard,” said Head Coach Larry Penley.  “The wind was blowing 15-20 miles per hour and it rained throughout our first nine holes.  It was just a difficult day, but it was difficult for everyone.  I am proud of my team.”

Langdale’s 74 combined with a 76 in the first round gives him a 150 total after two rounds, good enough for 13th place.

Stephen Behr had another consistent round with a four-over-par 76.  The senior is in 15th place with a 151 total after two rounds.  He made just one birdie, but had 12 pars on the 7418-yard track, the longest course Clemson has played this year.

Carson Young had the wildest round of the day.  The Clemson team made just eight birdies as a team, but Young had five of them in shooting a four-over-par 76.  His round was ruined when he had a triple bogey on the par four fifth hole when he lost the ball after his drive, and then had a double on the sixth hole.  The other 16 holes he was one-under-par.  Young stands in 28th place at 10-over-par.

Senior Miller Capps made a strong comeback on Tuesday.  After a non-counting 81 in the first round, he improved to a 75 in the second round, including one-under-par for his last seven holes.   Bryson Nimmer had an 83 and his score did not count.

NCAA Stillwater Regional

1. Oklahoma State 576, 2.  Oklahoma 588, 3. Purdue 602, 4.  Clemson 609, 5.  Louisville 611, 6. Augusta 612, 6.  McNeese State 8. Missouri-Kansas City and Northwestern  319, 10. VCU 623, 11.  Tennessee 624, 12.  Duke 631, and Michigan State 631, 14.  Alabama State 661.

Clemson Individuals

13.  Austin Langdale 150, 15. Stephen Behr 151, 28.  Carson Young 154, 37.  Miller Capps 156, 56.  Bryson Nimmer 162