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Billy Kennerly
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 160
Year: Senior
Hometown: Alpharetta, GA
High School: Mt. Pisgah Christian
Major: Management
Experience: 3 Letters

 

Overview: Earned his degree in management from Clemson on May 8 and is playing NCAA Tournament as a graduate…Clemson’s top golfer this year in terms of stroke average, top 10 finishes, and rounds in the 60s…ranked No. 67 in the nation in the Sagarin/Golfweek rankings entering the NCAA National Tournament.…four-year letterman who has played in three NCAA Regionals, this is his first national tournament…has played well in NCAA regional tournaments, he has a pair of top 10s and has a 72.00 stroke average for his career in regional play…seven-under-par for his last six NCAA Tournament rounds…shot 75 or better in 36 of his 37 rounds this year, his score has counted in 35 of 37 team rounds...has streak of three straight top 10 finishes entering the NCAA National Tournament in Bradenton…has 71.054 stroke average this year, sixth best in Clemson history and just short of D.J. Trahan’s 71.051 average in 2003 when Clemson won the national championship….has 72.59 career stroke average, ninth best in school history…has played his last nine rounds at nine-under-par…played in just one tournament in the 2013-14 academic year, but got his game back in the summer of 2014…finished second at Palmetto Amateur and third at Dogwood Amateur in the summer of 2014…it was second straight year he had a top five at the Palmetto….academic All-ACC in 2012-13 as a sophomore when he set Clemson record for consecutive rounds in the 60s…a cinch to make it again this year, he had 3.5 GPA his second semester …set Clemson record for consecutive rounds in the 60s when he had five straight to close his sophomore year (2012-13)…those were last two of the ACC Tournament and the three regional rounds, so in pretty strong tournaments….veteran of 33 tournaments and 96 rounds entering the NCAA National tournament, he could play his 100th stroke play round in his final round as a Tiger at NCAA national…has 11 career top 10s and 20 career rounds in the 60s, more than any active Clemson golfer in both  areas…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 21 top 25 finishes in his 33 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.

In 2014-15:  Leads the team in stroke average at 71.05, it is the best by a Clemson golfer since 2006-07 when Kyle Stanley had a 70.87…has seven top 10s, which is best by a Clemson golfer since  Stanley had eight in 2008-09…has shot -16 for the year in his 37 rounds…best score vs. par for a Clemson golfer since Matt Hendrix was -16 for the year in 2003-04…one-under-par for 16 rounds in the fall and 15-under-par for 21 rounds in the spring…had the best round of the fall with a seven-under-par 65 at Primland on September 30…that is his career best round in terms of score and vs. par…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…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…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…started the spring with his best finish of the year, third place at Puerto Rico where he shot three consecutive rounds of two under par 70…had strong 15th place at Palmetto, helping Tigers to second place finish…started that event with a 69-67, giving him six straight under par rounds over three events…slumped a bit at Linger Longer and Augusta State, but has rallied with three consecutive top 10s…has gone low once each of the last three events…shot 67 at Yale, 66 at ACC Tournament and 67 at NCAA Regional…his 66 at ACC Tournament was best by a Clemson golfer at the ACC event since Crawford Reeves had a 66 in 2012…10-under par for his last nine rounds…hit the fairway with his drives, 81 percent of the time  this year, best on the team…best putter on the team in terms of fewest putts per round (29.68)…had best final round stroke average on the team at 71.2…not known as a long hitter, but had a 4.74 stroke average on par five holes, second best on the team..…third on the team in birdies with 112…had the best score of the day 14 times, tied for team lead with Miller Capps.

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  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…earned his Clemson degree in management on May 8, 2015

Billy Kennerly  Personality Profile

Favorite Current Professional Golfer:   Luke Donald
Favorite Athlete outside of  golf:  Roger Frederer
Favorite Clemson golfer of all-time:  Lucas Glover
Favorite course I have played:   Sage Valley

Favorite Course I would like to play:   Augusta National
My Best Shot Ever:   Double eagle on a par five when I was 12.

My best all-time round:  63 at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, NC

The Best Part of my game is:     Short game
My favorite club:    Putter
The part of the game I must improve is:     Wedge play
The Biggest influence on my golf career has been:   My father

Favorite Hobby:  Fishing

When 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

 

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