Clemson, S.C.—Miller Capps and Billy Kennerly both had under-par scores to lead Clemson to an even-par 288 team score and a fourth-place standing out of 15 teams after the first round of the Puerto Rico Classic in San Juan. The 54-hole three-day tournament at the Rio Mar River Course continues Monday and Tuesday.
Georgia has the team lead at eight-under-par 288, and is followed by defending NCAA Champion Alabama at 285. Virginia Tech is third at 287, followed by Clemson at 288, Oklahoma at 291 and sixth-ranked Georgia Tech at 292.
Capps had a round of 69 on Sunday and is tied for second overall in the 75-player field. The junior had a Clemson team best six birdies, including four birdies in a six-hole run from holes 13 through 18. His only real blemish of the day took place on the par three third hole when he made a double bogey. It was his fourth round in the 60s and his eighth under -par round of the year.
Kennerly had a round of 70 on the 6,902-yard course. He had three birdies and just one bogey in registering his eighth under-par round of the year. He made birdies on holes 10, 11 and 14 and stands in a tie for seventh place individually after the first round.
Sophomore Carson Young double bogeyed the 16th and 17th holes on the course, among his first nine holes of the day, but battled back with four birdies and shot 74 to rank in a tie for 30th place individually.
Freshman Josh Fickes also counted for the Clemson team score on Sunday as he had a three-over-par round of 75. Fickes had three birdies, four bogeys and a double bogey in his first golfing experience for the Tigers outside the Continental United States.
Clemson’s top player, Cody Proveaux, had to withdraw from Sunday’s round due to a pulled muscle in his midsection. His status for the remainder of the tournament is unknown. Proveaux entered the tournament with a team best 70.75 stroke average and his No. 55 national ranking is the best among Clemson golfers.
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