Clemson, S.C.— Clemson heads to the Far West for its second tournament of the spring season this weekend. Larry Penley’s Tigers will be among 14 teams in the field for the Bandon Dunes Championship at Bandon Country Club in Bandon, Oregon. The tournament 54-hole tournament will be held Sunday, March 11 through Tuesday, March 13.
This will be Clemson’s second trip to Oregon this year. In the fall, Clemson finished fourth out of 15 teams at the Nike Elite in North Plains, Oregon. It will be Clemson’s second appearance in this tournament. Clemson won the Bandon Dunes Championship in the spring of 2016 with a two over par score of 852,
Clemson is coming off its first tournament victory of the year, as the Tigers won the Puerto Rico Classic on Feb. 20th. It was the 75th career victory for Penley, who has been Clemson’s head coach since the fall of 1983.
Clemson is ranked 14th by Golfweek and 16th by Golfstat in polls that have been released since Clemson won in Puerto Rico.
This will be Clemson’s only tournament in the month of March. Clemson’s schedule will be hectic in April when the Tigers play three tournaments in 16 days.
Clemson will be without the services of U.S. Amateur Champion Doc Redman for the next three events. He will miss the Bandon Dunes Championship as he plays in the Arnold Palmer Invitational on the PGA Tour the weekend after the tournament in Oregon. He will miss the next Clemson two events after Oregon as he plays in The Masters and the Heritage.
Clemson’s lineup for Oregon includes Bryson Nimmer, who had a top five finish in helping the Tigers win the Bandon Dunes Championship in 2016, his freshman year. Nimmer has a 70.27 stroke average and is the No. 21 ranked player in the nation according to Golfweek.
Turk Pettit was Clemson’s top player in Puerto Rico where his 208 score for 54 holes ranked second in the field of 75 golfers. The freshman from Auburn, Ala. has a 70.80 stroke average this year and is ranked 46th in the nation according to Golfweek.
With Redman’s absence, freshmen Colby Patton and Kyle Cottam move up in the lineup. Patton has a 71.83 stroke average and is coming off a seventh place finish in Puerto Rico where he fired an even par score of 213 for the 54 holes. Cottam, who finished third at Trinity Forest back in the fall, has a 72.53 stroke average.
William Nottingham, a starter last year and the Clemson record holder with a 62 at he Wolfpack Spring Open last year, will be in the Clemson lineup in Oregon. The native of Tennessee has a 7400 stroke average this year.
Bandon Dunes Championship
March 11-13, 2018
Format: 54 holes over three days for 14 teams. Eighteen holes a day, Sunday, March 11 through Tuesday, March 13.
Teams (Golfweek ranking): Arizona State (25), Boise State, Clemson (14), Denver, Gonzaga, Idaho, Oregon (41), Santa Clara (50), San Jose State, Seattle, Southern Utah, Utah, UTEP, Washington State
Clemson Lineup: Bryson Nimmer (Jr., Bluffton, 70.27); Turk Pettit (Fr., Auburn, Ala, 70.80); Colby Patton (Fr., Fountain Inn, SC 71.83); Kyle Cottam (Fr., Knoxville, Tenn, 72.53); William Nottingham (Soph., Kingsport, Tenn., 74.00).
Live Scoring: Golfstat.com