Overview: First-team All-ACC each of the last two years...two-time South Carolina Amateur Champion...Clemson's best player at the NCAA Regional as a freshman in at Rich Harvest Farms, he finished sixth at that regional....veteran of four NCAA Tournaments, three regionals and a national…received his Clemson degree on May 11, 2017…has had his best year in 2016-17 with 71.06 stroke average, third on the team, but eighth best in Clemson history…veteran of 38 tournaments and 110 career rounds, more than any other active Tiger…has an even 50 rounds at par or better, also most among active Tigers…has 20 career rounds in the 60s, 10 of them have come this year…has 10 career top 10s, five have come this year…has had a career best 67, six times, including four times this year…has had 12 tournaments in which he has shot par or better…went to high school with Austin Langdale at Pendleton High, just 10 miles from Clemson....Langdale and Young were born just two days apart in the same hospital....ranked among the top 51 in the nation by Golfstat and Golfweek entering NCAA national tournament… starter as a freshman who had injury plagued sophomore year…played in just six tournaments as a sophomore, but returned to form in the summer of 2015......qualified for the U.S. Amateur with rounds of 70-64 to win his sectional in 2015...shot a 13-under-par 59 in a practice round at Brookstone Meadows, a course near Clemson in July of 2015...grew up around the Clemson program, he played at Boscobel Country Club as a youth where Clemson team played and still plays many practice rounds…a product of local legend Harvey Brock…Young became just the fourth Clemson freshman to finish in the top 10 of an NCAA Regional in 2014 at Rich Harvest Farms, he joined Kyle Stanley, Gregg Jones and Richard Coughlan in that exclusive club...William Nottingham and Doc Redman joined that list this year… ranked number-five in the nation among Juniors by Golfweek in August of 2013, he was second among members of the class of 2013…ranked eighth in the nation in the Polo Rankings of August 14, 2013…won 2013 South Carolina Amateur with 272 score, 12-under-par…had bookend rounds of 66 in winning the title by a shot…qualified for the US Amateur, the only Clemson golfer to qualify for the 2013 prestigious event…had outstanding high school career at Pendleton High School in Pendleton, SC, he won the state championship as a junior and senior…won Junior Invitational AJGA event at Sage Valley in 2013…has 352 career birdies, 11th in Clemson history.
2016-17: Has had great senior year with 71.06 average…won the Furman Invitational for his first college victory…had a 205 score, career best and 11 under par…had five straight top 10s, his first five tournaments of the spring…finished with a 15th at ACC Tournament and 17th at NCAA Regional…after Furman win was second at Clemson Invitational and third at Wolfpack Spring Open…did not have a top 10 in the fall, then had five in the spring…had five straight tournaments shooting under par when he had those five straight top 10….started the fall season with a 19th place finish at the Carpet Classic with a one-under-par 215 score…had an opening round 68, his second best score of the fall…finished 22nd at the Jackrabbit with a 218 score and 21st at Nike Golf with a 214 score…finished the fall with a 12th place at Ka'anapali Classic in Hawaii thanks to a 208 score, five-under-par…had season best 14 birdies in the 54 holes… Clemson's best golfer at the Nike Collegiate at Colonial Country Club when he shot 214…got off to good starts this year, he had 70.67 stroke average in opening rounds…then 71.67 in the final round…had 4.0 stroke average on par four holes, 33rd best in the nation…also #42 in the nation on par five holes with 4.64 figure…12th in the nation in birdies with 144 and 17th in subpar strokes per round, 4.22…ranked 51st overall by Golfstat and #44 by Golweek entering the NCAA National Tournament…#36 in terms of scoring average and #30 in scoring average vs. par -0.44…his score has counted in 35 of 36 rounds this year…hits drive in the fairway 73 percent of the time and greens in regulation 66 percent.
Summer 2016: Won the South Carolina Amateur Championship for the second time...had final score of 11-under-par 277 in winning by three shots in Georgetown, SC...had consistent rounds of 70-69-68-70...he also won in 2013 in Columbia...joins Clemson Head Coach Larry Penley, Lucas Glover and D.J. Trahan as two-time winners of the South Carolina Amateur from Clemson...had outstanding summer, he was 30-under-par for four tournaments...was -7 at the Dogwood Invitational and finished 23rd, tied for first before losing in playoff at Carolinas Amateur, he shot -8 272...then finished fourth at Palmetto Amateur with 276 score before finishing first at South Carolina Amateur...had 69.1 stroke average for 16 rounds in the summer, he shot 72 or better in 15 of the 16 rounds...shot in the 60s eight times...had summer low 64 in third round at Carolinas Amateur...had quite a comeback at Carolinas Amateur in that he shot 76 in first round, then finished 67-64-68 to tie for first...had rounds of 69-71-68-68 at Palmetto...had streak of 11 consecutive rounds under par to finish the summer.
In 2015-16 First-team All-ACC on the course and in the classroom, he also made the All-Region team in 2015-16...fourth on the team in stroke average with a 73.39 figure, but capable of shooting low scores.....tied for second on the team in rounds in the 60s with seven...also has 10 rounds under par....had 10 rounds under par, but seven of the 10 were in the 60s....shot career best 67 twice, including this past fall at US Collegiate....Clemson's best player final day of ACC Tournament with a 68, it led to an even par finish of 216, he finished 16th individually....had three top 10s, all were top sevens...finished fifth at Nike Collegiate in Oregon in the fall, seventh at Bandon Dunes and third at Clemson Invitational....so two of his three top 10s were in Oregon....Clemson's second best player in the state of Oregon with a +9 total for nine rounds....joined a short list of Tigers to have three rounds in the 60s in the same tournament when he had career best 206 score at Nike Collegiate...had 98 birdies, fourth on the team....his score counted 26 of 33 rounds...the number-four Tiger in terms of scoring average, but his score was the best round of the day eight times this year...top Tiger in two tournaments.
Summer 2015: Had very strong summer that included a victory at his US Amateur qualifier, a sixth-place at Carolina Amateur and qualifying for the US Amateur for the second time in his career…finished 44th at Palmetto Amateur to start the summer with a 296 total…finished 24th at Rice Planters on June 27th with a five-under-par 283…had four rounds at par or better, including third round 69…finished 20th at the Dogwood with 209 total, he had rounds of 68-69-72…won his US Amateur qualifier with 134 score, eight-under-par…shot a summer best 64 in the first round to take charge early…might have had his best performance at Carolinas Amateur July 9-12 when he finished sixth with 15 under par 273…had final round 65…finished 11th at South Carolina Amateur with 290 score…had 68 in the second round…shot 146 for two days at United States Amateur in Olympia Fields near Chicago…struggled in first round with 77 but had a strong 69 in the second round…that 69 was his ninth round in the 60s of the summer….shot a 59 at Brookstone Meadows, a local course, in a non-tournament.
2014-15: Missed first two tournaments of the fall as he recovered from late summer knee surgery…played in Dick's Challenge and U.S. Collegiate and never broke 75, but played well last two events…shot a 69 to finish third at Hummingbird, helping Clemson to the championship…then had 67 to open the Ka'anapali Classic.,…that tied his career low round as a Tiger and tied for the low round of the day…averaged 30.0 putts per round in the fall, tied for the best on the team....played in just two events in the spring, he shot 231 at Puerto Rico and 223 at Augusta...had middle round 72 at Augusta that was his best round of the spring...finished the year with 35 birdies and one eagle...had best round of the day twice in 2014-5...averaged 73.4 in first round and 73.4 in last round...score counted 6-15 rounds.
Summer 2014: Played in six events over the summer…finished 17th at South Carolina Amateur with a 217 score, best among current Clemson Tigers…had rounds of 73-74-70 for a 217 final score…was 18th at North-South Amateur at Pinehurst with another 217 score…had rounds of 70-76-71….played in the Sunnehanna in June and finished 59th, but did have a second round 69 that was his low round of the summer…also played in Carolinas Amateur in July and had a 294 score for a 27th place finish…had four straight rounds between 71 and 75.
In 2013-14: Sixth on the team in stroke average with 74.28 figure, but started nine of the 11 tournaments…his only top 10 was in the NCAA Regional Tournament where he finished sixth…finished season with 10 rounds at par or better, including team best six rounds at even par...when he had rounds of 72-73-75 at NCAA Tournament at Sugar Grove, Ill he had the best round of the day by a Tiger all three rounds…all six of his postseason rounds were at 75 or better, the only Clemson golfer to do that in spring of 2014…finished 72nd at Fighting Illini Tournament in the fall then sixth in NCAAs also played in Illinois in the spring…had best score of the day five times for the year, three of them came in NCAA Tournament…fewest putts per round on the team at 29.81…showed improvement over the course of tournaments, he averaged 75.44 in the first round and 74.33 in the final round…had 68 total birdies and his score counted in 20 of 25 rounds…hit the fairway .714 of the time…his best performance of the fall was at Dick's Challenge where he finished 14th with one-over-par 214 score…that was his best tournament of the year vs. par…named to ACC Academic Honor roll for his freshman year.
Summer of 2013: Had outstanding summer that started with fourth-place finish at the Azalea Amateur, he shot 139, three-under-par…had second round 67…finished 13th at Carolinas Amateur with 296 score, he won the event the previous year with a birdie on the 18th hole…had a final round 70…won his US Amateur Qualifier with 135 total, seven under par…had rounds of 69-66…won the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley against a field of the top junior players in the world…won South Carolina Amateur with rounds of 66-70-70-66…came from seven shots back entering the final round to win by two…second time in his career he overcame seven shot deficit entering the final round, he also did it in 2012 Carolinas Amateur…made birdie on 17th hole that clinched the South Carolina Amateur victory…had 18 birdies among his 72 holes…won against a field of 134 players at the Member Club at Woodcreek…second straight year a Clemson incoming freshman won that event, as Cody Proveaux won in 2012…won by two shots over Will Murphy of Columbia and Ben Folger of Elgin…finished off the summer playing in the US Amateur at The Country Club in Brookline, MA…had rounds of 73-75 and did not make Match Play, but still a great experience.
In High School: Won the 2013 (April 28) Junior Invitational championship at Sage Valley…finished with 212 score…won by two shots over four players, including current Clemson teammate Austin Langdale…won the Sage Valley Gold Blazer with the victory…won 2012 Bobby Chapman and finished third at 2013 Footjoy Invitational…two-time state champion at Pendleton High School, he finished first as a junior and senior…his Pendleton High team won the State title in 2012 and finished second in 2013…played four years of high school golf, as a seventh and eighth grader and as a junior and senior…was home schooled as a freshman and sophomore.
Personal: Born Carson Oates Young on November 12, 1994 in Anderson, SC…son of Fran and Terry Young…Terry is a Clemson graduate.
Carson Young Personality Profile
Favorite Current Professional Golfer: Fred Couples
Favorite Athlete outside of golf: Kobe Bryant/Roger Federer
Favorite Clemson golfer of all-time: Ben Martin
Favorite course I have played: Augusta National
Course I would like to play: St. Andrews
My Best Shot Ever: Hitting approach on 18th hole in final round of 2012 Carolinas Am to within a foot of the hole. Made birdie to.win the tournament by a shot.
My best all-time round (score and where): 59 at Brookstone Meadows in summer 2015
My favorite club: Driver
The part of the game I must improve is: Iron play
The Biggest influence on my golf career has been: Harvey Brock (Professional at nearby Boscobel Country Club)
Favorite Hobby: Nintendo 64
If I had not gone to Clemson I would have gone to: College of Charleston
My dream foursome includes myself and: Fred Couples, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson