Clemson, S.C.—Billy Kennerly and Austin Langdale, two of the top golfers on Clemson’s NCAA Tournament team this past spring, both finished in the top five of the Palmetto Amateur in Aiken, S.C. on Saturday. Over 70 of the top amateurs in the country comprised the 72-hole event that began on Wednesday.
Kennerly shot a very strong 65 in the final round on Saturday to finish second with a 274 score. The Clemson graduate who won’t turn professional until the end of the summer, had rounds of 66-69-74-65. He had six birdies and one bogey on Saturday for his 65. He shot 31 on the back nine.
Langdale had the lead by three shots entering the final round, but he struggled to a six-over-par 76 on Saturday. The Clemson junior was attempting to become the first golfer to win three different amateur tournaments on the Palmetto Course. He earlier won the Southern Cross (2012) and Palmetto Intercollegiate (2014). He had rounds of 66-68-69-76 to finish fifth with a 279 score.
Three other Tigers competed in the tournament. Cody Proveaux, who will be a senior this coming year, finished 31st with a 291 score. He was one of just eight golfers to shoot under par in the last round, as he fashioned a 69 thanks to two birdies, just one bogey and 15 pars.
Carson Young had a 296 score for the four days, including an opening round 69 and finished 44th. Josh Fickes, who lettered as a freshman this past year, finished 56th with a 224 score. He did not make the cut for the final round.
Two Clemson players also played in the Monroe Amateur in New York the last four days. Blake Kennedy shot a solid 69 in the final round and finished 60th with a 297 score. Red-shirt freshman Peter Mathison had a 312 total and finished 78th.
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