Clemson, S.C.—Clemson freshman William Nottingham shot a school record 62 in his second round of the day on Friday to lead Clemson to a second-place standing entering the final round of the Wolfpack Spring Open at the Lonnie Poole Golf Course in Raleigh, N.C. The 16 teams in the field played 36 holes on Friday and will completed the tournament on Saturday.
Clemson is 23-under-par through two rounds, but is still two shots behind host school NC State. The Pack is 25 under on the par 71 course, for a 543 total, two shots better than Clemson’s 545. Clemson trailed by eight shots after the first round, but shot a tournament best 17 under par 267 in the second round to get to within two shots.
Clemson is seeking its sixth consecutive tournament victory. The Tigers are playing this weekend without senior starter Austin Langdale, who is resting an injured wrist. He is expected to return to action for the ACC Tournament next weekend.
Nottingham, who entered the tournament with the fifth best stroke average on the Clemson team at 73.6, shot a one-under-par 70 in the first round on Friday. He then caught fire in the second round when he had a Clemson record seven consecutive birdies from holes 5-11. After making a double bogey on the par four 16th hole, he made birdie on the 17th and first holes to finish at nine under par 62. He scored a Clemson record 12 birdies in the second round.
Nottingham’s 62 tied for the third lowest round in the nation this year. Li Wang of Yale had a 60 and Chase Hanna of Kansas had a 61 earlier. Nottingham’s 62 tied for the low round of the year by an ACC player as Jimmy Stranger of Virginia had a 62 earlier this year. Nottingham’s previous best this year was a 66 at the Palmetto Intercollegiate. This was just his third round in the 60s this year.
The previous record of 63 was set earlier this year by current freshman Doc Redman, Cody Proveaux at the 2015 Palmetto Intercollegiate and Brad Clark at the 1985 ACC Tournament.
Nottingham’s two round total of 10-under par is tied for second best in the field of 90 golfers. His 132 total on Friday is the lowest one-day, 36-hole total in school history.
Carson Young, Clemson’s top player of late, continued his fine play this spring with rounds of 69 and 67 on Friday. He is in seventh place after two rounds with his 136 total. His second round included five birdies and just one bogey, as he scored in the 60s for the seventh time in his last 11 rounds.
Doc Redman, a freshman playing in his home town of Raleigh, N.C. had rounds of 67 and 71 on Friday. His first round included five birdies and a bogey. He got off to a bad start in the second round with a double bogey on the first hole, but rebounded to finish at even par. He is a third Tiger in the top 10 with a 10th place standing.
Bryson Nimmer had rounds of 72 and 68 on Friday. The sophomore had four birdies and just one bogey in his second round.
Josh Fickes, playing at the number-five position, had rounds of 73 and 73 on Friday. His second round 73 included a hole-in-one on the par three 135-yard 17th hole. It was the seventh hole-in-one in Clemson history, the second this year. Nottingham had a hole in one earlier this year at the Palmetto Intercollegiate.