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Clemson Begins Play in NCAA Salem Regional Monday – Clemson Tigers Official Athletics Site

Clemson Begins Play in NCAA Salem Regional Monday – Clemson Tigers Official Athletics Site

Clemson, SC—Clemson will begin play in the Salem Regional of the 2023 NCAA Men’s Golf Championship on Monday.  The Tigers are one of 14 schools that will compete in the regional tournament that will be held May 15-17 at The Cliff @ Keowee Falls Golf Club in Salem, SC.

This is Clemson’s 41st consecutive trip to the NCAA men’s golf tournament and 43 appearance overall, but it will be the first time Clemson has served as the host.  The 43 appearances are the most team NCAA Tournament appearances in any sport in Clemson history.

The 54-hole, three-day tournament is one of six regional tournaments being held all over the country on these same three days, weather permitting.   The top five teams in each of the six regionals will advance to the national tournament in Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona, May 26-31.

This will be just the third time Clemson has played in an NCAA Regional tournament in the state of South Carolina.  It also happened in 1989 at Long Bay Golf Club in Myrtle Beach, and in 1998 at the Melrose Course on Daufuskie Island.   Clemson was suppose to play host to the NCAA Regional at this same facility in 2020, but the entire NCAA Tournament was cancelled due to COVID.

Clemson is the #9 seed in the Salem Regional.  The other teams in the field include #1 seed North Carolina, who is ranked second in the nation by Golfstat and third by Golfweek,  #2 seed Georgia Tech, who won the ACC Championship two weeks ago, #3 seed Texas A&M,  #4 seed San Diego State, the Mountain West Champion,  #5 Georgia Southern #6 Arkansas, #7 Purdue, #8  New Mexico, #10 Furman, #11 Middle Tennessee State, #12 Northern Illinois, #13 Long Island University the Northeast Conference Champion, and #14 Longwood, who won the Big South this year.

The top players in the field include David Ford of North Carolina, who was named the ACC Player of the Year last Thursday and is ranked fourth in the nation by Golfweek.  The field also includes  Christo Lamprecht of Georgia Tech, who is ranked #6 by Golfweek,  Ben Carr of Georgia Tech, ranked #16 by Golfstat, Ross Steelman of Georgia Tech, ranked #9 by Golfweek, and Herman Wibe Sekne  of Purdue, who is ranked 19th by Golfweek.

The regional format of the NCAA Tournament began in 1989 and Clemson has advanced to the National Championship tournament from the regional 25 of the previous 33 tournaments, including six of the last seven.  Clemson has made the national tournament 33 times overall…


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