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Feb 15, 2021

Clemson Tied for Third When Play Halted at Kiawah Invitational

Clemson, S.C.—William Nottingham was leading the way for Larry Penley’s Clemson men’s golf team at seven-under-par when play was halted in the second round of the Kiawah Invitational at Oak Point Golf Club on Kiawah Island, SC.   Clemson is in a tie for third place in the 14-team field when darkness stopped play at 5:52 p.m. local time.

The 14 teams are on pace to finish the 54-hole event in just two days.  Play was rained out on Sunday and the tournament began Monday morning at 8:00 a.m. on the par 72 course that is 6701 yards in length.  

All 90 golfers in the field played at least 28 holes on Monday and three teams finished 36 holes.   All five of the golfers in the Clemson lineup played at least 13.   

Clemson is in a tie for third at 18-under par with East Tennessee State.  ACC foe Wake Forest has the lead at 33-under, while Kentucky is second  at 23 under.   Purdue is fifth at 14 under.  Wake Forest had a team score of 21-under-par 267 in the field round.

Nottingham, a fifth-year senior taking advantage of the NCAA rule that did not charge a year of eligibility to anyone who played during the 2019-20 season, had an opening round 69, then was four-under-par for his second round through 16 holes.  He stands in fourth place individually at seven-under-par, four off the lead set by Wake Forest’s Eric Bae.  A big reason for his top four standing has been playing the par three holes in five under, best in the field.

Turk Pettit is Clemson’s second best golfer so far.  The senior shot an opening round 73 that included 17 pars and a bogey, but he has been on the birdie train in the second round.   Pettit has five birdies and no bogeys through 14 holes of his second round and stood in 15th place at four-under par when play was stopped on Monday.

Colby Patton also shot a 73 in the first round, but was three-under-par for his second round through 15 holes, thanks in part to an eagle on the par five 12th hole.  He is the only Tiger with an eagle so far in the tournament.  Patton is tied for 27th at two-under-par.

Clemson’s best player in the first round was junior Jacob Bridgeman.  He fired a 69 in the opening round with six birdies and three bogeys.  But, Bridgeman took 40 shots on the opening round of the second round.  He has made two birdies on the back, but stands in 37th place with five holes left in his second round.

Kyle Cottam is also in 37th place at one-under-par with just one hole left in his second round.   Cottam leads the team in birdies so far with 11.  He had an opening round even par 72.  

Zack Gordon had an opening round 69 and Carter Pendley a 71 while playing as individuals.   Both are over par on their second round and stand in a tie for 43rd place.  Gordon has finished 10 holes and Pendley 11 in the second round.

Live scoring is available at  Play will begin on Tuesday morning at 8:00 a.m.