Overview: Missed the entire fall of 2014 with shoulder problem and other ailments, but has returned to the lineup in the spring and made a big difference for the Tigers…that has especially been the case over the last three tournaments where he has recorded three straight top 16 finishes, including 11th at ACC and seventh at NCAA Regional…has been in Clemson’s top three in each event, he was the best Tiger at the NCAA Regional in Chapel Hill…his -2 total for the last nine rounds is second to Billy Kennerly…sophomore who started as a freshman and has played five events as a sophomore…veteran of 15 tournaments and 43 rounds over the last two years, he has a 72.77 stroke average… has shot exactly 213 at ACC Tournament each of the last two years…second on the team in stroke average as a freshman with an even 73.00 figure…that was sixth-best stroke average in history by a Clemson freshman…won the Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate on March 11, 2014 with 210 total…joined D.J. Trahan, Kyle Stanley, Richard Coughlan, Jonathan Byrd and Lucas Glover as Clemson freshmen who have won a tournament in the last 21 years…all of those players went on to play on the PGA Tour…showed he could compete with the college players when he won the Azalea Amateur in March 2014….three-time Anderson Independent Area Player of the Year…he won the award as a freshman, sophomore and junior and Clemson’s Carson Young won as a senior…at the age of 16 already had five hole –in-one-shots…made his first one at Wescott Plantation in Charleston at the age of 11…had two more when he was 13 and 14, one at Saluda Valley and one at Pebble Creek…made one at Sage Valley in practice round with Cody Proveaux…Langdale and Young were born in same hospital just two days apart in Anderson, S.C.…disciple of the late Harvey Brock, longtime pro at nearby Boscobel Country Club…Clemson team practices at Boscobel, so Langdale has been familiar with the Clemson program for many years prior to his enrollment.
In 2014-15: Sat out the fall recovering from shoulder injury….has come back to record 72.33 stroke average in five events in the spring…has seven rounds at par or better among his 15 rounds…finished 55th at Palmetto, but did have a second round 69 that gave Larry Penley hope that he was coming back to normal….had consistent tournament at Yale with three straight 72s to finish at +6 and 16th place…shot three under par 213 at ACC Tournament, including final round 69 that was best of the day among Clemson golfers…his play helped Clemson get into a playoff with Georgia Tech…had outstanding performance at NCAA Regional in Chapel Hill, he was five under par 211 after rounds of 72-68-71….that 68 was career best as a Tiger…finished seventh overall with that 211 score, he had a double bogey on 17th hole or he would have finished even higher…was tied for the lead with Maverick McNealy of Stanford, nation’s top player, with four holes left….had a lot of pressure on him that last day as he was the final Clemson player on the course…Tigers entered that last round in sixth place, so they had to make some progress on the last day and they did….has shot 72 or better in eight of his last nine rounds…has 72.8 stroke average for first round and 72.4 in final round…4.74 stroke average on par five holes, tied for second best on the team…his score has counted 10 of 15 rounds this year and 37-43 over two years…has hit fairways on drives 73 percent of the time…has one eagle and 43 birdies so far this year….has six career eagles.
Summer 2014: Played in Palmetto Amateur and had a solid #32 finish…had a 67 in the second round, his top round of the summer…also played in the Player’s Amateur, US Amateur qualifier and the South Carolina amateur…started to develop some problems with his shoulder and that limited his play and his effectiveness over the summer.
In 2013-14: Highlight of freshman year was winning the Cleveland Golf Intercollegiate with 210 score, even par…he was the only golfer in the 90-player field to shoot even par…had rounds of 69-69-72…Langdale won by one shot over Derek Bard of Virginia…both players were listed as their team’s number-four player entering the tournament…teamed with Carson Young to give Clemson one of the best freshman combinations in the nation…finished the 2013-14 season ranked #120 in final Golfweek/Sagarin ranking…started the year with 12th place finish at Carpet Classic after even par 216…also eighth at the Wolfpack and ninth at he ACC Tournament…first Clemson freshman with a top 10 at the ACC Tournament since Kyle Stanley in 2007…led the team in eagles with five, that is tied for the fifth most in a season in school history…only PGA Tour players D.J. Trahan and Lucas Glover have had more in a season…tied for team lead in top 10 finishes with three, all three were in the spring season…had four rounds in the 60s, all four were rounds of 69…his score counted 27 of 28 rounds…had 73.00 stroke average for his first rounds and 73.00 average overall for the year…second on team in stroke average on par four holes at 4.15…had 86 birdies to rank in a tie for third on the team…hit just .592 of fairways, but hit .660 greens in regulation…had 11 rounds at par or better, including five at par, second on the team.
Summer 2013: Won the Azalea Amateur on March 21-22, 2013 with scores of 66-69 for a seven-under par 135 total…finished 10th at the South Carolina Amateur at the conclusion of the summer with a 283 score, one under par…had rounds of 67-71-73-72runner-up at the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley to Carson Young…event had 54 of the top junior players in the world…gave Clemson signee class two top 10 finishes as Young won the event…finished fifth at his US Amateur qualifier with a 139 total, three under par….also played in the Palmetto Amateur, the Northeast Amateur and the Players Amateur so he saw some strong competition.
High School: Lettered six years….made all-region six years in a row….made state tournament all six years, state runner each of his last four years, two years to current Clemson junior Cody Proveaux and two years to current Tiger classmate Carson Young…played for Tim Wood at Pendleton High School….helped team to State Championship in 2012 and runner-up position in 2013…finished in the top 15 at the Festival of Flowers three years in a row, he won the tournament in 2011.
Personal: Born November 10, 1994 in Anderson, SC…son of Aaron and Angie Langdale.
Austin Langdale Personality Profile
Favorite Current Professional Golfer: Phil Mickelson
Favorite Athlete outside of golf: Chipper Jones
Favorite Clemson golfer of all-time: Jonathan Byrd
Favorite course I have played: Country Club of Charleston
Course I would like to play: Augusta National
My Best Shot Ever: Hole in one in a practice round for 2012 Junior Invitational at Sage Valley. Playing with Cody Proveaux, who hit it to within a foot. Then I made it for an ace from 160 yards. We were playing under the lights also.
My best all-time round (score and where): 63 at Boscobel.. 28 on front nine and even on the back.
The Best Part of my game is: Iron game
My favorite club: Driver
The part of the game I must improve is: Putting
The Biggest influence on my golf career has been: : My family and Todd Ellison my swing coach.
Favorite Hobby: Fishing
My dream foursome includes myself and: Arnold Palmer, Phil Mickelson, Lee Trevino