Clemson sets record, takes lead with hot opener in Hawaii
Bryson Nimmer (Clemson Athletics/Twitter photo)
LAHAINA, Hawaii (Nov. 2, 2018) – Everything is just better in Hawaii. Clemson put a number to that Friday in the opening round of the Ka’anapali Collegiate with a new scoring record. The Tigers opened with a 22-under 262 at Ka’anapali Golf Course to take a four-shot lead after 18 holes.
Freshman Zack Gordon’s 8-under 63, sophomore Turk Pettit’s 65 and freshman Jacob Bridgeman’s 66 were crucial in helping Clemson get so low. Veteran Bryson Nimmer added a 68 that matches his season scoring average.
It’s the lowest team round in school history in terms of total score and score vs. par. Clemson set its previous record of 20-under 264 also at Ka’anapali in 2016 on the way to a team victory.
Gordon, whose round included seven birdies and an eagle, became just the sixth Clemson player to post a round of 63 or better. He and Cal's Patrick Murphy share the individual lead.
California also went low in the first round, posting its second-best round of the fall, an 18-under 266. Georgia is another two shots back in third at 16 under. More than half of the 20 teams in the field are under par.
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