NEW LONDON, NC – Three triple bogeys for players whose score counted, ruined Clemson’s opening round of the 60th ACC Tournament at the Old North State Club in New London, NC on Friday. The Tigers finished at eight over par 296 as a team and in ninth place in the 11 team tournament.
Fortunately is was just the opening round of the three-day 54-hole event on the par 72 Old North State Club Course. Had Clemson scored even pars on those three holes, the Tigers would be in fourth place, just one shot out of third.
Florida State dominated the field in the opening round with a 17 under par score of 271.
Clemson was led by freshman Stephen Behr with a one under par 71. He had birdies on the second and fourth holes to get to two under par, then made bogey on seven and 10 before making birdie on the 13th hole. He is in a tie for 12th place after the opening round.
Three Tigers had opening round scores of three over par 75 and stand in 36th place individually. Those three players were Miller Capps, Cody Proveaux and Billy Kennerly. Capps was sailing along with a three under par score and among the tournament leaders through 12 holes. He had scored a two under par 34 on the opening nine. But he had a pair of triple bogeys on the back nine, the 13th and 17th holes on the course and finished with his 75.
Proveaux had a triple bogey on the fifth hole on the way to an outward nine score of 41. But, he finished strong, shooting two under par on the back nine to finish with his 75.
Billy Kennerly reached his 75 in more normal fashion as he had five bogeys and two birdies. He had birdies on consecutive holes, 12 and 13, one of just two Tigers with back to back birdies all day.
Senior Crawford Reeves had a 77 in the opening round and his score did not count towards the team score. He had an eight on the par four second hole to literally get behind the eight ball. He battled back to three over as he played the 16th hole, but made a double on that par four and finished with a 77.
Clemson will be back in action on Saturday, weather permitting. Follow the progress of the tournament on ClemsonTigers.com.
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