Clemson, S.C.—Freshman Doc Redman fired a five under par 66 to lead Clemson to an even par 284 team score and a third place standing after the first round of the Ka’anapali Collegiate Classic in Lahaina, Hawaii on Friday. The Tigers are just two shots off the team lead after the first of three rounds in the 24-team tournament.
South Carolina holds the lead after 18 holes with a two under par team score of 282, while LSU is second at one under par. Clemson and Georgia are tied for third at even par 284. The tournament will continue Saturday morning with the final round on Sunday.
Clemson got off to a rough start, playing its first seven holes in the shotgun started tournament at eight over par. But the Tigers played the last 11 at eight under to finish at even for the day. The par five sixth hole proved to be a key as all five Clemson players made birdie on the hole.
Redman is tied for the individual lead with Keenan Huskey of South Carolina at five under par. Both players had seven birdies and two bogeys and both shot nine-hole scores of 33-33. Redman had four birdies on the par 37 front nine and one birdie on the par 34 back side. Redman is Clemson’s top player so far this year, as he is now nine under par for his 13 rounds.
Senior Carson Young, who shot a 67 in the opening round on the same course two years ago, had an opening round 70 on Friday and is tied for ninth place. He had four birdies and three bogeys.
Bryson Nimmer got off to a rough start and was five-over-par through seven holes. But the sophomore played the last 11 holes in three under par to finish with a 73.
Freshman Jonathan Rector, playing for the Tigers as a counting scorer in a team tournament for the first time, had a 75. He was four-over on the back side, but finished with even par on the front nine.
Senior Austin Langdale was seven over for his first 10 holes, but played his last eight holes in one under. He was Clemson’s non-counter with a 77, but looks to continue from his strong finish.