Clemson, S.C.—The 17th ranked Clemson men’s golf team returns to action this weekend at the Maui Jim Intercollegiate at Mirabel Country Club in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Tigers will be one of six top 20 teams in the 15-team field that will compete on the par 70 course.
The field includes second-ranked Arizona State, 10th ranked Pepperdine, 11th ranked Southern California, 15th ranked LSU, the 17th ranked Tigers and 19th ranked Illinois. Other teams in the field include Colorado, Georgia State, NC State, Florida State, Augusta, Utah, Arizona, Kent State and Minnesota. The Tigers will play with LSU and Florida State in the first round.
The Tigers finished sixth at this tournament a year ago with then Clemson senior Bryson Nimmer winning the tournament with a school record 195 score, 15-under par.
Clemson will bring a veteran lineup to Arizona, as four of the five played in this tournament a year ago. Kyle Cottam, who is coming off a third-place finish at the Carpet Classic in Dalton, Georgia, will play number-one for Larry Penley’s team in Arizona. Cottam was Clemson’s top golfer at the NCAA National Tournament last year with an 11th place finish.
Colby Patton, who had a top 25 finish at the Carpet Classic with a 221 score, will play the second position, while senior William Nottingham will be in the third position. Nottingham had a 225 score last week at the Carpet Classic, but was Clemson’s second best player at Mirabel last year with a career best 207 score that included a pair of 67s.
Jacob Bridgeman, who also shot 225 at the Carpet Classic last week, will be in the fourth position at the Maui Jim. He finished 34th last year at this tournament with a 220 score. Turk Pettit will round out the Clemson lineup. Pettit shot a 231 at the Carpet Classic, but was Clemson’s top player over the final two rounds with a 146 total.
In addition to the team competition at the Maui Jim Collegiate, there will be an individual tournament for 36 players at the Desert Forest Golf Club. Carter Pendley and Zack Gordon will compete for the Tigers in that event.
Results will be available throughout the weekend on golfstat.com.