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Sep 27, 2022

Swanson Makes Eighth Hole in One in Clemson History

Clemson, SC—Sophomore Andrew Swanson became the eighth player in Clemson men’s golf history to record a hole-in-one to highlight play for the Tigers during the second round of the Folds of Honor Collegiate at American Dunes golf Club in Grand Haven, Michigan.   

Clemson stands  in 10th  place  as a  team  in the  18-team tournament with a score  of 598  after 36 holes. The tournament concludes on Wednesday at the  par 72 course that was designed by Jack Nicklaus and opened last  year. Illinois has  the team lead after shooting an 11-under-par team score of 277 on Tuesday, the low team round of the day by 11 shots.

Swanson aced the 178-yard seventh hole  on Tuesday  with a seven-iron.   His shot that was  into the  wind, landed three feet short  of the hole, then rolled into the cup.  Since the tournament is in its first year, Swanson holds the distinction of making the first ace in tournament history.

Incredibly, it is Swanson’s first hole-in-one on a par three hole.  He has twice made a hole-in-one on the same par four hole at Belfair East Golf Course in his hometown of  Bluffton, SC.  Those shots took place in consecutive years, 2018 and 2019.

Swanson is the first Clemson men’s golfer  to score a hole-in-one since April 15, 2017 when Josh Fickes aced the 135-yard 17th hole at the Lonnie Poole Golf Club in Raleigh during the Wolfpack Spring Open.

Swanson’s hole-in-one is the longest by a Tiger golfer  since October 26, 2010 when Corbin Mills had an ace on the 183-yard 13th hole at The Golf Club of Georgia.  The longest made shot and hole-in-one in Clemson history was recorded by Stephen Poole on  November  7, 2004 when he aced  the 240-yard eighth hole at The Farm in Dalton,  Georgia.

The average score on Tuesday for  the 90 players was 76.6 and Clemson’s top four golfers all  shot 76.   Kian Rose’s  76 gives  him a 147  total after  two rounds,  good  enough for 19th place.   Jonathan Nielson’s 76 gives him a 148 total  after e 36 holes, good  enough for 24th place.

Zack Gordon’s 76 gives on Tuesday him a 150 total after  two rounds and a #34 ranking  in the standings.   Carter Pendley’s second round 76 gives him a 153 total after  36 holes, good enough  for 43rd in the 90-player field.    Swanson’s hole-in-one was the highlight of his second round 77.  His 155 total after two rounds is  56th.

Other  Clemson golfers who have made  a hole-in-one include Michael Hoey (1999), John Engler (1999), Stephen Poole (2004), Brian Duncan (2005), Corbin Mills (2010), William Nottingham (2017) and John Fiches (2017).    Alex Boyd is  the only Clemson golfer to make a double eagle in  competition.  He accomplished that feat on April 2, 2011 at Forest Hills Golf Club in Augusta, Ga.