Clemson, S.C.—Bryson Nimmer shot a three-under-par 67 and freshman Jacob Bridgeman added a 69 on Friday to lead Clemson to a two-over-par 282 team score in the opening round of the Maui Jim Intercollegiate championship at Mirabel Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona. Clemson stands in 14th place in the 14 team field, but is just 10 shots out of fourth after the first of three rounds on the par 70 course.
LSU has the team lead at 17-under par 263 and they are led by Luis Gagne, the individual leader who shot an impressive eight under par 62. The tournament is one of the top national fields in the country this fall and features teams from each of the five power five conferences. Clemson, NC State and Georgia Tech represent the ACC.
Nimmer is the top Tiger with his three-under-par 67. He had four birdies and just one bogey on the 7,081 yard course. The Clemson senior won his first tournament of the year at the Carpet Classic in Dalton, Georgia two weeks ago with a 206 score. Friday’s round was his third round in the 60s out of four so far this year.
Freshman Jacob Bridgemen supported Nimmer with a 69, the low score of the freshman’s young career. Bridgemen had four birdies, a bogey and a double bogey on Friday.
William Nottingham and Kyle Cottam both had rounds of 73. Both players had two birdies on Friday. Sophomore Turk Pettit had an eight-over-par 78 in his first round of the year. He was seven over for his first six holes, then played his final 12 in just one over par.
Play continues on Saturday morning. Live scoring is available at golfstat.com.