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Tigers Head to New England for First Time in 11 Years.

Tigers Head to New England for First Time in 11 Years.

Clemson, S.C.—The Clemson golf team will head to New England for the first time since 2004 when it participates in the 13-team Yale Spring Invitational at the Yale University Course in New Haven, Conn. this weekend.    The event will be a good test for the Tigers, who are preparing for next weekend’s ACC Tournament at The Old North State Course near Charlotte, N.C.  The teams will play 18 holes on Saturday, April 18 and and 18 on Sunday, April 19.

The Yale Spring Invitational field includes ACC teams Boston College, Clemson, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and Duke. Host school Yale has a strong team that has won three tournaments this year.  It is a popular tournament as the Yale Course is one of six NCAA Regional sites this year.

Clemson has a solid history at Yale.  The program has won two of its seven NCAA Regional Tournaments at Yale, 1995 and 2004.    Clemson won by 12 shots in 1995 and by six shots in 2004.

Clemson will take a team comprised of one senior, one freshman and three juniors to the Yale campus.   Leading the way is senior Billy Kennerly, who has a 71.32 stroke average for 10 events so far this year.  He has four top 10 finishes to tie for the team lead and has 17 rounds at par or better, tied for the best on the team.  He is seven-under-par for his 28 rounds so far this year.

Cody Proveaux, who has the highest Sagarin ranking among Clemson players at No. 82, has the second best stroke average at 71.41.  The junior has a team best eight rounds in the 60s and also has four top 10 finishes.  He tied the Clemson single round record with a 63 on March 9 at the Palmetto Invitational where he finished second, the best individual finish of his career.

Miller Capps has scored even par or better in each of his last four tournaments, including a -4 at the Puerto Rico Invitational where he finished seventh.   Capps has a 71.43 stroke average for the year and has taken just three more shots than Kennerly.  He has 14 under-par rounds to tie Kennerly for the team best.

Stephen Behr has a strong 72.00 stroke average for the year and has 13 rounds at par or better.   Sophomore Austin Langdale won a recent qualifier and is the fifth player in the lineup with a 74.17 stroke average.