Salem, SC—Sophomore Andrew Swanson fired a school record tying seven-under-par 65 on Tuesday to lead Clemson to a 10-under-par 278 team score and a seventh-place standing after two rounds of the NCAA Salem Regional of the NCAA Golf Tournament. The final round of the 54-hole tournament will be held on Wednesday at the Cliffs at Keowee Falls in Salem, SC.
The top five teams will advance to the NCAA National Tournament in Scottsdale, Arizona, May 26-31. Clemson is in seventh place with a 560 team score, seven shots behind fifth-place Northern Illinois.
“We got off to a good start today and made some birdies,” said head Coach Jordan Byrd of his team that played the front nine in nine-under-par as a team. “ We are doing some good things and we have a chance tomorrow.
“Andrew is keeping us in the game. He has the best attitude I have seen. He never gets down and comes back strong. He has been tremendous.”
Arkansas, ranked 35th in the nation by Golfstat coming into the NCAA Tournament, stands in first place at 39-under-par 537 after two rounds. They have three of the top five players in the tournament so far, as Segundo Pinto is tied for second at 132 and Will Gibson is fifth at 134.
Georgia Tech, who shot a 22-under-par score of 266 on Tuesday, is in second place at 551. Second ranked North Carolina and New Mexico are tied for third at 551 and Northern Illinois holds the fifth spot at 553. Georgia Southern is sixth at 558 and Clemson is seventh a 560. Fourteenth ranked Texas A&M is tied for eighth with San Diego State at 564.
Swanson is tied for second with Pinto in second place after rounds of 67 and 65. His seven under par 65 on Tuesday included eight birdies and an eagle. The nine holes at birdie or better are the most by a Clemson golfer in a single round this year. Swanson’s 65 tied for the best in Clemson history by a Clemson golfer in an NCAA Regional round and the best since Turk Pettit shot a 65 on May 15, 2018 at the Traditions club in Bryan, Texas. It also tied the record for strokes under par in an NCAA regional round.
Swanson had nine hole scores of 33-32 and he had his eagle on the final hole when he hit his second shot on the par five hole to five feet from the cup. It was his fifth eagle of the year, most on the team and tied for the seventh most in a season in Clemson history. The native of Bluffton, SC played in the same pairing with Sam Bennett of Texas A&M, who…
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