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Sep 09, 2018

Nimmer Wins Carpet Capital Collegiate

Clemson, S.C.—Bryson Nimmer overcame a six-shot deficit entering the final round to win medalist honors at the Carpet Capital Collegiate at the Farm near Dalton, Georgia on Sunday.   His final round 65 on the par 72 course helped Clemson to a 279 team score and a tie for fourth in the 15-team tournament that included nine schools from the SEC and the ACC.

Nimmer trailed Georgia Tech’s Tyler Strafaci and Tennessee’s Jake Meenhorst by six shots entering the final round, but his round of 65 that included eight birdies was three shots better than any other player on Sunday.  There were only six rounds in the 60s among the 81 players in the field and the scoring average on Sunday was 73.85.

Nimmer’s front nine included six birdies and no bogeys to finish with a career best 30 and he immediately jumped to the lead while the leaders were still on the front nine.   His birdie putts on the front side measured 60 feet as he made four putts of at least 10 feet.  “I was driving it in the fairway and giving myself birdie opportunities,” said Nimmer.   “I didn’t drive the ball that well on the first day, but the last two days I put it in the fairway.”

On Sunday Nimmer missed just one fairway and hit 16 of 18 greens.   “It was an awesome feeling to win this tournament.  I had come close before.  I think because I finished so much earlier than the other guys it took some of the pressure off. “    Nimmer had an early tee time and came out to watch the players on 17 and 18.   He finished one shot ahead of Davis Riley of Alabama and Meenhorst.

““I thought Bryson had a chance to win this tournament because the rough was high and you had to drive in straight and that is something Bryson does very well,” said Head Coach Larry Penley. “When Bryson is putting well he can compete with anyone in the country. He is getting more and more confidence. The best is yet to come.””

Nimmer joins a distinguished list of former Tigers who have won the Carpet Capital Collegiate.  All four of the previous Clemson medalists, Danny Ellis (1992), Lucas Glover (1997), D.J. Trahan (2001), and Kyle Stanley (2008) went on to play on the PGA Tour.  All but Ellis are still on the Tour.

Nimmer’s Sunday round included eight birdies, including all the par five holes.   He scored birdies on four consecutive holes (6-9) and finished with 18 birdies for the tournament, tied for the most in the field with Luke Schniederjans of Georgia Tech and the most in his career for a 54-hole event.

Clemson jumped from seventh to a tie for fourth on the final day as a team to score 863, the same 54-hole total as state rival South Carolina.  Clemson played the final hole in two under par on Sunday, four shots better than the Gamecocks.

In addition to Nimmer’s 65, freshman Jacob Bridgeman shot a two-under par 70, his best score of the tournament.   Junior William Nottingham and sophomore Kyle Cottam added rounds of 72 and freshman Zack Gordon had a 74.

Senior Coleman Self played the tournament as an individual and had a 24th place finish thanks to a 218 score.  He played the final two rounds in two under par.

Clemson returns to the course on September 21 at the Maui Jim Intercollegiate in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Carpet Capital Collegiate Results

September 7-9, 2018

The Farm, Rocky Face, Georgia

Par  72  Yards:  7178


Team Results

  1. Tennessee and Georgia Tech 843, 3.  Alabama 845,  4.  Clemson and South Carolina 863, 6.  Auburn 866, 7.  LSU, Virginia and North Florida 873, 10.  Colorado State, 881,  11.  California,  881 12.  Kennessaw State  886, 13.  Florida, 892m  14.  Chattanooga,  895, 15. Dalton State 914,


Clemson Players

  1. Bryson Nimmer 72-69-65/ 206, 22.  William Nottingham 72-73-72/ 217;  34.  Jacob Bridgeman 73-77-70/ 220;  34.  Kyle Cottam 73-75-72/ 220;  53.  Zack Gordon 73-77-74/224.


Individual :  24.  Coleman Self 76-70-72/218