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Nov 02, 2019

Tigers in 10th place Entering Final Round of Ka’anapali Classic

Day Two Results

Clemson, S.C.—Turk Pettit fired a three-under-par 68 on Saturday to lead Clemson to a two-under-par team score of 286 and a 10th place standing entering the final round of the Ka’anapali Classic in Lahaina, Hawaii. UCLA and Washington have the lead in the 20-team tournament that features teams from around the nation at  27-under-par, while number-one ranked Oklahoma is third at 26-under.

The Tigers got off to a terrific start and were 10-under par for day and were tied for the lead at 19-under-par after the first four holes.  The five Tigers playing for the Clemson team played the front nine at 15-under-par.  But the back nine was  much more difficult, as Clemson played the back nine at 13-over.  That was the case for many of the teams as seven of the top eight easiest holes were on the front nine.

Pettit had three birdies and an eagle on the front nine.  The eagle came on the par four fourth hole that is 324 yards in length. Combined with his 70 in the first round, Pettit stands at 138 through two rounds, good enough for 28th place.  It was his fifth round in the sixties this year.

Kyle Cottam was the only other Tiger under par on Saturday.  The junior shot a one-under-par 70.  He played his first nine holes (holes 4-12 in the shotgun start format)  at five-under-par, including an eagle on the par five sixth hole, but was four-over on holes 12-18.   Cottam is Clemson’s best player through 36 holes with a 137 score, good enough for 20th place.

Colby Patton was Clemson’s most improved player on Saturday with an even-par 71 after an opening round 78.  Patton played the front nine at four-under-par, but was four over on the back. Patton has a 149 total through two rounds.

William Nottingham had his second straight round of two over par 73.  Jacob Bridgeman, Clemson’s top player in the first round with a 66, had a 74 on Saturday.

Sophomore Zack Gordon is playing the tournament as an individual, but has been a bright spot.  The sophomore had a 65 on Saturday after an opening round 66 and  stands in a tie for third place at 131.  He is three shots behind individual leader Trent Phillips of Georgia.  Gordon has three eagles in the tournament, more than any other golfer in the 119-player field.