Day One Results
Clemson, SC—Jacob Bridgeman fired a 66 and Kyle Cottam added a 67 to lead Clemson to a 275 team score and a tie for seventh after the first round of the Ka’anapali Classic in Lahaina, Hawaii. The 20-team field will continue play on Saturday and Sunday at the par 71 Ka’anapali Country Club Course.
The field features five top 25 teams, including the 15th ranked Tigers. Clemson is just seven shots off the lead after the first round, as top ranked Oklahoma is tied with conference foe Kansas with a 268 score, 16-under par. UCLA is third with a 269 score, while Liberty is fourth at 272 and West Virginia is fifth at 273. Nineteenth-ranked Washington is sixth at 274, just one shot ahead of Clemson and Boise State. Georgia and South Carolina are tied for ninth at 277.
Bridgeman, Clemson’s top player this year in terms of stroke average with a 71.17 figure entering this tournament, shot five-under-par thanks to seven birdies and just two bogeys. He made four consecutive birdies on holes 11-14 and recorded his sixth round in the 60s this year. He stands in a tie for eighth place individually.
Cottam started his round with a pair of bogeys, then played the last 16 holes at six under par in recording his 67. It was his fourth round in the 60s this year, but his low round of the year. He is tied for 12th entering the second round.
Turk Pettit, who was Clemson’s top golfer at this event last year with a 10-under par score, shot a one-under 70 on Friday. Pettit had three birdies and just two bogeys in recording his sixth under-par round of the year. William Nottingham shot a one over par 72, but had five birdies. Colby Patton was Clemson’s non counter with a 78.
Zack Gordon is playing the tournament as an individual and had an outstanding four-under-par 67. His front nine included two eagles, the first Tiger to score two eagles in a round this year, never mind the same nine holes. He is tied for 12th individually after the first round, just two strokes off the lead.
Live scoring will be available on golfstat.com on Saturday and Sunday. The Tigers begin play at 2:30 p.m. Eastern time on Saturday.