Aug. 4, 2011
CLEMSON, SC – Clemson rising junior Corbin Mills finished 18th at the Western Amateur stroke play championship on Thursday. The US Public Links Champion shot a one-under-par 283 for the 72 holes, including a final round 70. The event is being played at the par 71 tree-lined North Shore Country Club course near Chicago, IL. The course was the site of the 1933 US Open.
Mills was attempting to reach the 16-player match play championship, but he fell just one shot short when he bogeyed the last of his 36 holes on Thursday. He had birdied the par three 17th hole to get under the cutline, but his five-foot par putt did a 360-degree lip-out to end his bid to become just the second Clemson golfer to reach match play of the 109-year-old Western Amateur. Past Western Amateur champions include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Jack Nicklaus.
Mills had rounds of 69-70-74-70 for his 283 score. His morning round of 74 dropped him from seventh place to 28th, but he battled back on his second 18 to stay in the hunt for the last sport for match play. For the 72 holes the native of Easley, SC had 45 pars, 14 birdies and 13 bogeys. The morning round was just his second over-par stroke play round in his last 14 rounds.
For the summer, Mills has now finished in the top 20 in five events, including a victory at the US Public Links and the Players Amateur.
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