Overview: Senior who is coming off an outstanding summer…had four top 25 finishes, including a pair of top three finishes in summer of 2014 setting him up for strong senior season… finished second at Palmetto Amateur and third at Dogwood Amateur…it was second straight year he had a top five at the Palmetto….played in just one tournament in 2013-14…academic All-ACC in 2012-13 as a sophomore when he set Clemson record for consecutive rounds in the 60s…those were his final five rounds of the 2013 spring…veteran of 20 tournaments and 59 rounds,…also has team best 19 rounds under par and 10 rounds in the 60s…Clemson’s top golfer in each of the last two events of 2013 with 10th place finishes at ACC and NCAA…finished fourth on team in stroke average at 74.00 in 2013, but he had 69.8 average for his last two tournaments…had 72.73 stroke average as a freshman in 2011-12, fifth best in Clemson history by a freshman, and best since Kyle Stanley’s record 70.87 in 2006-07…only Stanley, D.J. Trahan, John Engler and Lucas Glover have had better freshman seasons… did not miss a tournament as a freshman, one of two Tigers to play in all 11…had a streak of nine straight top 25 finishes in 2011-12, best on the team…has 12 top 25 finishes in his 20 career tournaments…ranked in the top five among AGJA players when he entered Clemson in fall of 2011…first-team AJGA All-American in 2011…already had a PGA Tournament under his belt before he enrolled, he played in the 2011 Wyndham Championship on the PGA Tour at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro August 18-19, 2011….missed the cut, but had a solid 141 total on rounds of 70-71…qualified for that tournament by winning the FJ Invitational at Sedgefield, a national AJGA Tournament.
Fall 2014: Second best on the team in stroke average for the fall with a 71.50 figure…played the 16 rounds at a combined two-under-par…had the best round of the fall with a seven-under-par 65 at Primland on September 30…also had a 67 at Ka’anapali and a 68 at Dick’s Challenge…his 10-under-par 206 at Primland was the best 54 hole score by a Clemson golfer in the fall…also had a 210 at Ka’anapali in November…Kennerly and Proveaux were only two Tigers with two tournaments at 210 or better…tied Proveaux for team lead in top 10 finishes with three….seven of his 16 rounds were under par…had five rounds in the 60s…finished the fall as a national top 100 player with a No. 98 ranking by Golfweek…started the fall on a rough note, he was eight over for his first six rounds…then had rounds of 69-72-65 at Primland to finish seventh, his best finish of the fall…finished tied for ninth at Humingbird and eighth at Ka’anapali to close the fall…so he was nine-under-par for his last four tournaments…Clemson’s best golfer at Primland and Ka’anapali…in fact, Clemson’s best golfer by four shots at Ka’anapali…helped Clemson to a 3-1-1 victory at the Dick’s Challenge in Match Play with a 2 & 1 win over Blake Morris of Mississippi…his score counted in 15 of his 16 rounds in the fall…hit the fairway with his drives, 80 percent of the time, best on the team and was second in greens in regulation with a 78 percent figure…best putter on the team in terms of fewest putts per round (30.0)…had best final round stroke average on the team at 70.4…not known as a long hitter, but tied for the best par five stroke average with Cody Proveaux at 4.76…second on the team in birdies with 38…had the best score of the day five times, tied for team lead with Proveaux….
Summer, 2014: Had the best summer among current Clemson players with four top 25 finishes in four events…started with second place at the Palmetto Amateur with a 275 total, five under par…his performance included a third round 65…then finished third at the Dogwood Invitational with a 20-under par 268…had rounds of 68-68-64-68…in July finished 17th at Eastern Amateur with a 277 total, three under par…finished with par if 67s for the last two rounds…finished his summer at the Canadian Amateur where he was 24th…had a pair of rounds in the 60s at that event…for the summer he had 10 of his 16 rounds were in the 60s…had just one round over 72 and shot even par or better in all but four rounds…averaged 69.0 for his 16 rounds overall.
In 2013-14: Played in just one tournament, the U.S. Collegiate in the fall…shot a 238 for the three rounds.
Summer 2013: Had a busy summer as he played in five major tournaments, plus some qualifiers…had his best performance at the Palmetto Amateur where he finished fifth with 208 score…had a pair of 68s in that event…also finished 15th at the Dogwood Amateur at the end of June with a nine-under-par 279…had second round 67, his low round of the summer…had five top 25 finishes overall…finished 45th at Northeast Amateur and 46th at The Players…had a 68 in Monday qualifier for the Wyndham at Forest Oaks in Greensboro, he was just two shots out of a playoff for one of the four spots in that PGA Tour event.
2012-13: Had remarkable turnaround for the postseason…had a 75.5 stroke average for his first six tournaments, then 69.8 for his last two, both postseason events…shot 213 at ACC Tournament to finish 10th overall and first among Clemson golfers…then shot four-under-par 206 at NCAA Regional in Arizona to finish 10th…first Tiger to finish in top 10 at both events in same year since Kyle Stanley in 2009…those were his only under par tournaments of the year…had six rounds in the 60s for the year and five of them were his last five rounds of the year…first Clemson golfer to shoot in the 60s in all three rounds of a regional…ended the season leading the team in rounds in the 60s with six…had 4.16 stroke average on par four holes, second best on the team…score counted in 18 of 23 rounds…had the best score of the day seven times, including each of his last five rounds of the year…hit the fairway .694 of his drives, second best on the team…finished the year with 60 birdies and one eagle…played in three of the four events in the fall and helped the Tigers to a pair of top five finishes in national events…finished the fall with two under-par rounds, a pair of 71s at the US Collegiate near Atlanta…finished 34th in that national field…played in eight of the 11 team events overall…had 67 in first round of the spring at Puerto Rico, but then had eight straight over-par rounds before he finished with his streak of five straight rounds in the 60s…finished 10th at ACC Tournament with 213 score…had opening round 75, then finished 69-69…had scores of 68-69-69 at NCAA Regional in Arizona for career best 206 total.
Summer 2012: Had the busiest summer of all the active Tigers…had four consecutive top 25 finishes…21st at the Jones Cup in February 2012 with a 225 score…finished 25th at the Palmetto, his performance included opening round 67…24th at the Sunnehanna Amateur, he shot 70-69 in the last two rounds…shot five-under 283 at the Dogwood Invitational in late June, 13th in the field…also played in the Players Amateur.
2011-12: Most consistent golfer on the 2011-12 Clemson team with nine straight top 25 finishes over the Fall and Spring…the nine total top 25 finishers were best on the team…had consecutive seventh-place finishes at Puerto Rico and the USC Aiken…then finished 11th at Furman…had signs of brilliance in the fall with second-round 70 at the Carpet Classic, second-round 70 at Jerry Pate and second-round 69 at Bank of Tennessee…had five rounds of par or better in the fall and four of the five were in the second round…helped Tigers to second place at Jerry Pate with a 220 score, including a final round score of 69…that was his first career top 25…then bettered that with 220 score and 15th place finish at Bank of Tennessee at the Ridges…that was his best finish of the fall and he was the top performer among Clemson golfers for the tournament…first freshman to be Clemson’s top finisher at a 54-hole event since Kyle Stanley in 2006-07…third among Tigers at US Collegiate in final event of the fall, he shot a 218 total, just two-over-par…finished 21st at ACC Tournament with 217 score…led the team in counting scores with 29 of his 33 rounds…had best score of the day five times and Clemson’s best golfer in three tournaments...finished #158 in the final Sagarin rankings…best on the team by far in hitting fairways, he hit at .777…had strong 72.56 stroke average in final round…had 4.08 stroke average on par four holes, third best on the team…had 98 birdies for the year, fourth on the team…averaged 11.63 pars per round, first on the team….hit .653 in greens in regulation, second on the team.
Summer 2011: Played in a number of junior tournaments before coming to Clemson…he also played in the Palmetto Amateur and finished fifth with a 276 score, four-under-par…he had three rounds in the 60s, including a sterling 66 in the third round…also had rounds of 69 in each of the first two events…won the FJ Invitational AJGA event in July with a score of 269, 11-under-par…that tied the tournament record and he won by four shots…had a 63 during that tournament…had the lead after each of the four rounds in the tournament that included 99 players from 23 states and 10 foreign countries…named the National Junior Player of the Week by Golfweek for that performance that got him an invitation to the PGA Tour’s Wyndham Championship.
Before Clemson: An honorable mention AJGA All-American in 2009 and 2010, he was a first-team selection in 2011…comes to Clemson from Mount Pisgah Christian School in Alpharetta, GA where he played for Bryan Smyth…ranked in the top 15 in the nation by Polo’s list of 2011 signees…posted a 2-1-1 record for the East Team in the 2009 Cannon cup…had 15 career top 10 finishes in AJGA Tournaments…finished second at Exide Technologies Junior Open, the Mountain Top Collegiate Invitational and the Accusport Championship… born September 5, 1992 in Seattle, WA…majoring in pre-business at Clemson.
Billy Kennerly Personality Profile
Favorite Current Professional Golfer: Luke Donald
Favorite Course I would like to play: Augusta National
My best all-time round: 63 at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, NC
Favorite Hobby: FishingWhen I am finished playing I would like to: Do something in business
My dream foursome includes myself and: Myself, my father, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer