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Billy Kennerly
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Billy Kennerly 824253
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 165
Year: Graduate
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 played in 2015 NCAA Tournament as a graduate…Clemson’s top golfer as a senior in terms of stroke average (71.53) , top 10 finishes (7)  , and rounds in the 60s (10)…ranked No. 85 in the nation in the final Sagarin/Golfweek rankings.…four-year letterman who played in three NCAA Regionals, and one national tournament…played well in NCAA regional tournaments, he had a pair of top 10s and has a 72.00 stroke average for his career in regional play…shot +16 for the three rounds at the national tournament in Tampa in 2015...shot 75 or better in 36 of his 40 rounds as a senior...had streak of three straight top 10 finishes entering the NCAA National Tournament in Bradenton….has 72.74 career stroke average...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 34 tournaments and 99 rounds for his Clemson career…had 11 career top 10s and 20 career rounds in the 60s, more than any active Clemson golfer in 2015…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…had 21 top 25 finishes in his 34 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:  Clemson’s top player in terms of stroke average as a senior with a 71.53 average….had team best 10 rounds in the 60s, which tied for 10th best in Clemson history for a season…had 17 under-par rounds and 21 at par or better…the 17 under-par rounds tied for 16th best in school history…consistent player who had 36 of his 40 rounds at 75 or better…shot exactly even par for the year for his 40 rounds…played in all 14 tournaments and was Clemson’s top player five times…had the best round of the day 14 times…his score counted in 38 of 40 rounds, the most counting rounds on the team…led the team in scoring average in the first round (71.4) and the last round (71.6), an example of his consistency…had 4.74 scoring average on par five holes, second on the team…led team in fairway percentage at 81 percent and hit greens 69 percent of the time, third on the team…averaged 29.68 putts per round, best on the team…finished seventh at the Primland Collegiate in September 2014 with a 206 score, career-best 10-under-par…that included a final round 65…finished the fall with ninth place at the Hummingbird, helping the Tigers to a team title, and an eighth place at Ka’anapali Classic…shot three-under 210 at the tournament in Hawaii…started the spring strong with career best finish third place at Puerto Rico, he had three consecutive rounds of 70 to finish with a 210 score for the second straight tournament…followed that with a 208 score, two-under and 15th place at the Palmetto…had a second round 67 there…after pair for 40th place finishes at Linger Longer and Augusta, had three straight top 10s…shot even-par 210 at Yale to finish sixth, a 209 at ACC Tournament to finish seventh, and a 213 at NCAA Regional at Chapel Hill to finish ninth…had 66 at ACC Tournament in second round and final round 70 to help Clemson get into a playoff…had opening round 67 at NCAA Regional that was best by a Clemson golfer at that event…that made him 13 under par over three rounds of postseason play…his ninth place effort at NCAA Regional helped Clemson to its first NCAA National Tournament in four years.

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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