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William Nottingham

Kingsport, Tenn.
High School:
Dobyns-Bennett HS

Overall:   Will take advantage of NCAA rule allowing student-athletes who were seniors during COVID19 Pandemic to return for a fifth year of eligibility in 2020-21…will become the first Clemson golfer to play in five different seasons…was coming off top finish of his Clemson career, third place at the Palmetto, when the season was halted…veteran of 114 rounds and 38 tournaments more than any other active Tiger…also has 342 career birdies, best among active Tigers…has seven career top 10s, 15 rounds in the 60s, 28 under-par rounds and 42 rounds at par-or-better… has career stroke average of 73.33… veteran of three NCAA National Tournaments and a contributor to three top 14 Clemson teams, including the 2019 team that finished eight at the NCAA Tournament and the 14th ranked team that saw its season end due to the COVID19 Pandemic in March of 2020…. played in all  seven  tournaments in 2019-20 and  12 tournaments in 2018-19, either as an individual or in the Clemson lineup….as a freshman, set the Clemson single round scoring record at the Wolfpack Spring Open on April 14, 2017 with a second-round 62 that included a school record 12 birdies, including a record seven in a row on holes five through 11…that was tied for the fourth best round in the nation in 2016-17… only active Tiger with a hole-in-one in competition for Clemson, he had one at the 2017 Palmetto Intercollegiate as a freshman… had an outstanding amateur and high school career in Tennessee where he was a two-time Junior Amateur champion…at 6-4, the tallest Clemson golfer on record…won the North-South Amateur in July of 2017, just the second Clemson golfer to win that tournament…named to the All-ACC Academic team as a freshman and junior…. named Academic Scholar as a junior (2018-19) by Golf Coaches Association…shot a 59 in  a practice round in summer of 2019.

2019-20:   Was having his best season with a 71.24 stroke average for the 2019-20 season that was halted by the Pandemic….third best on the team…finished career best third at the Palmetto with career best 203 score in final tournament of the season…had scores of 69-69-65, the only tournament of his career where he has had three rounds in the 60s… his 71.24 stroke average was best of his career by over two shots per round…led the team with 20 rounds at 75 or better among his 21 rounds for the season…had eight rounds in the 60s and 11 total rounds at par or better…was just two over par for his 21 rounds… had his best performance of the fall at Maui Jim, where he finished 18th with 205 score, five-under-par…had consistent rounds of 67-68-70….started the Nike with a 68, then finished 30th…led the team in birdies at Ka’anapali Classic with 14…shot even-par 213 at Ka’anapali Classic…finished the year ranked 146th in the nation by Golfstat….had 69.67 average for the two tournaments in the spring…finished 28th at Puerto Rico with 215 score and 203 at Palmetto…finished the year with 3.05 average on par threes, 4.13 on par fours and 4.70 on par fives…had one eagle and 70 birdies…had best score of the day three times….his score counted 20 of 21 rounds, tied for best on the team.

2018-19:  Seventh on the team in stroke average with a 73.59 figure…had one top 10 and four rounds in the 60s to go with 13 rounds at par-or-better…third on the team in birdies with 114…his score counted in 21 of 31 team rounds, including twice at the NCAA National Tournament when the Tigers finished tied for eighth…had best round of the day twice…got off to a great start with three top 25 finishes…shot 217 at Carpet Classic to finish 22nd, then shot three-under 207 to finish 24th at Maui Jim…that tied for his low tournament vs. par for the year….had a pair of 67s at Maui Jim, a first in his career…then finished 15th at Nike Invitational thanks to another 67, this time in the second round…shot +5 at Ka’anapali and Golf Club of Georgia to close the fall…played in the Puerto Rico Individual tournament and finished fourth with a 220 score…finished 24th at the Clemson Invitational, he had a second-round 68…had four rounds in the 60s this year and three of them came in the second round…contributor to third-place finish at the Austin Regional with a 220, including final round even-par 71.

2017-18: Played in seven of the first eight tournaments that year, six in the Clemson lineup…played as individual in Puerto Rico…had 74.56 stroke average for his 23 rounds…had only one under-par round, but team best five rounds at par…best round of the year was a 70 in second round at Bandon Dunes on March 12…best tournament of the year is 215 at Bandon Dunes, he was two-over-par…did not play from April 14 at the Clemson Invitational until the second round of the NCAA national Tournament at Stillwater on May 26…played in three of the four tournaments in the fall and posted a 73.44 stroke average…. shot solid 220 score for 54 holes at Carpet Classic, he finished with consecutive rounds of 72…finished the fall with three straight even-par rounds of 71 at the Nike Elite…he finished 30th at that national tournament….played two rounds at the NCAA National Tournament at Stillwater when Head Coach Larry Penley took advantage of the new substitution rule….had rounds of 81-79 on the difficult Karsten Creek course….finished the year with 63 birdies and two eagles…his score counted 12 of 20 team rounds…had solid 4.82 stroke average on par five holes, found the fairway 73 percent of his drives and averaged 31.32 putts per round.

Summer 2017: His outstanding summer included winning the North-South Amateur at Pinehurst #2… finished 21st in the 36-hole qualifier with 148 score, then ran through five consecutive matches to become just the second Clemson golfer to win the North-South Amateur (Philip Mollica, 2007)…defeated Ricky Castillo (4&3), Matt Wetterick of Xavier University (4&3), Chris Petefish of Georgia Tech (4&3),and  Alex Smalley of Duke (22 holes), then downed James Anstiss (SE Louisiana) 1-up in championship match… finished 41st at Southern Amateur, then finished the summer with seventh place at the Tennessee State Amateur with 285 score…had opening round 67 that led the field.

In 2016-17: First Clemson freshman to finish in the top 10 of the ACC Tournament and the NCAA Regional since current pro Kyle Stanley did it in 2007…had a 71.95 stroke average for his first seven spring events…set Clemson record for best round with a 62 on April 14th….incredible accomplishment in that it was his second round on that Friday…shot a 29 on the front nine, also a Clemson record for nine-hole score, then had a 33 on the back on the par 71 Lonnie Poole Course that is 7,046 yards in length….Clemson record had been 63 prior to that and had been accomplished three times since 1985, including by teammate and classmate Doc Redman earlier in 2016-17…had a record seven consecutive birdies on holes 5-11, and made birdies in eight out of nine holes at one stretch…his 62 included a double bogey on the 16th hole…the 62 tied for the best by an ACC player in 2016-17…. finished very strong, he had three straight top 10s entering the NCAA national tournament…had five top 10 finishes as a true freshman, all in the spring….finished with stroke average of 73.52,  fourth best among the starters, but 11th best among freshmen in Clemson history…had 73.09 stroke average in the first round…averaged 4.85 on par five holes…had a hole-in-one at the Palmetto Invitational, just the sixth in Clemson history in competition …his score counted in 21 of 30 team rounds… had the best score of the day six times…drove the ball in the fairway 75 percent of the time, best on the team…hit greens in regulation .630 of the time and averaged 31.67 putts per round…played in the first three tournaments of the fall …struggled at Carpet Classic with a 231, but showed his capabilities at the Jackrabbit with a 14th place finish to help the Tigers to the team title…had improving rounds of 74-72-70 at The Jackrabbit…third best golfer for the Tigers there, and his score counted every round…his 70 in the final round tied for the team best with Doc Redman, so a pair of true freshmen led the Tigers to the win….also started for the Tigers at the Nike Intercollegiate at Colonial Country Club…finished 56th in the strong field, but his score counted twice.

 In High School: Two-time winner of the Tennessee State Junior Amateur Championship…won the 2016 title with an 11-under par score of 202 to win by three shots…had rounds of 65-69-68 in gaining the win, he had 12 birdies and one bogey over the three rounds…also won the 2016 Tennessee State Match Play Championship with a 3 & 1 win over Lake Johnson in late July, 2016…ranked 14th nationally by Junior Golf Scoreboard as of August 1, 2016…played well at his US Amateur qualifier in West Virginia in late July, he had rounds of 65-69 for an eight-underpar 134, but missed qualifying by a shot…medalist at Tennessee 3A District Tournament with a 65…runner-up at Joe Cheves Junior Invitational, AJGA Davis Love Junior Open and the TSSAA Class 3A State championship in 2015…qualified for the state high school 3A Tournament all four years he was at Dobyns-Bennett High in Kingsport, Tenn…all-state three years…all-region and all sectional four years…2014 State regional champion…set school records for lowest nine and 18 hole scores…named Co Big 7 Conference Boys Player of the Year in 2015…top ranked junior golfer in Tennessee in 2016…ranked as No. 34 junior in the country on August 1, 2016… son of John and Trish Nottingham…born 12/27/1998…majors in business administration major…

 Personality Profile

Favorite Current Professional Golfer:     Jason Day

Favorite course I have played:         Sea Island Seaside Course

Toughest Course I have played:   TPC Sawgrass

My Best Shot Ever:     Hole in one at Palmetto Invitational, 2017.

My best all-time round:   62 at Wolfpack Spring Open, Lonnie Poole Course

The Best Part of my game is:   Driving

My favorite club:   Driver

The part of the game I must improve is:   Iron play

The Biggest influence on my golf career has been:   My uncle

My dream foursome includes myself and:     Jason Day, Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus

Also List your all-time hole in one shots:  

2011, Dothan Country Club 5th hole, 150 yards with a 6-iron.

2017, Palmetto Country Club, 11th hole, 168, with 7 iron