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Apr 06, 2019

Tigers Rank Fourth after Two Rounds at Clemson Invitational

Clemson, S.C.—Led by Luke Schniederjans’s tournament record setting 62, Georgia Tech shot a tournament team record 271 on Saturday and took a six-shot-lead over rival Georgia entering the final round of the Clemson Invitational. The Yellow Jackets have a team score of  543 for 36 holes, 33-under par on the par 72 Cliffs @ Keowee Falls Course in Sunset, S.C.

The 15 teams competing for the championship will conclude play at the fourth annual event on Sunday. Tee times begin at  9 a.m.. Clemson will begin play at 9:50 a.m.

Schniederjans, the brother of current PGA Tour player Ollie Schniederjans, had nine birdies and an eagle on the way to his 62 that broke the previous tournament record of 64 that had been set the day before by Duke’s Adrian Pendaries. He had nine-hole scores of 32-30.

Schniederjans has a 131 total after 36 holes, one shot ahead of Pendaries and two shots ahead of Spencer Ralston of Georgia.   Clemson golfers Bryson Nimmer and Jacob Bridgeman are tied for fourth at 135, nine-under-par.

Georgia Tech has the-six shot lead in the team competition with  a 543 total.  Georgia is second at 549 and Duke is third at 553.   Clemson, who had a team score  273 on Saturday, its best in the Clemson Invitational, stands in fourth place at 556.  ACC rival Virginia stands in fifth place at 567.

Clemson had three golfers shoot in the 60s on Saturday for the first time since November 2 when the Tigers had four in the 60s in firing a school record 262 at  the Ka’anapali Classic in Hawaii.

Bridgeman led the way with a six-under-par 66 in the second round.  His performance included a 30 on the back nine that featured four birdies and an eagle.  His 18-hole score his career best, as he also had a 66 on the aforementioned November 2 date in Hawaii.  It was his 12th round in the 60s this year and second of this tournament.  Bridgeman is seven-under-par on the par five holes for the first two rounds, tied for best in the field of 88 golfers.

Bridgeman and Nimmer have transposed scores over the first two rounds.  While Brideman had an opening round 69 followed by Saturday’s 66, Nimmer had a 66 in the first round and a 69 in the second. For the first 36 holes, Nimmer has 12 total birdies.

Sophomore Colby Patton made a seven-shot improvement over his first round and fired a season best 67 to rank as Clemson’s second best player on Saturday.   Patton had a season high six birdies in recording nine-hole scores of 33-34.   Patton stands in a tie for 16th place entering the final round.

Turk Pettit made a six shot improvement to  a 71 in the second round and gave Clemson a fourth player under par on Saturday.  Pettit had five birdies and four bogeys in recording his best score vs. par this spring.

Kyle Cottam had a 77 and his score did not count towards Clemson’s team score.   William Nottingham, playing as an individual, shot a four-under par 68 and jumped to 16th place in the individual standings.


Fourth Annual Clemson Invitational
Cliffs @ Keowee Falls
Sunset, SC


Team Standings after two rounds

  1. Georgia Tech 543, 2. Georgia 549, 3. Duke 553,  4.  Clemson  556, 5.  Virginia 567,  6.  UCONN 574,  7.  Furman 575,  8.  College of Charleston 578,  9.  UNC-Wilmington 582,  10.  Army and Boston College 587,  12.  Wofford 590,  13.  Western Carolina and Louisiana Tech 593,  15.  Elon 594.


Individual Leaders

  1. Luke Schniederjans, Georgia Tech 131; 2.  Adrien Pendaries, Duke 132,  3.  Spencer Ralston, Georgia 133,   4.  Bryson Nimmer, Clemson and Jacob Bridgeman, Clemson 135.


Clemson Individuals Towards Clemson Team score

  1. Bryson Nimmer 135, 4.  Jacob Bridgeman  135,  16.  Colby Patton 141,  50.  Turk Pettit,  148,  60.  Kyle Cottam 151.


Clemson Individuals

  1. William Nottingham 141, 69.  Coleman Self and  Zack Gordon  154, 81.  Jonathan Rector  163.