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Clemson Wins NCAA Chapel Hill Regional – Clemson Tigers Official Athletics Site

Clemson Wins NCAA Chapel Hill Regional – Clemson Tigers Official Athletics Site

Final Results

CLEMSON, S.C. — Senior Calahan Keever sank an 18-foot birdie putt and East Tennessee State’s Mats Ege missed a 14-foot par putt on the final hole to give Clemson a one-stroke victory at the NCAA Chapel Hill Regional on Wednesday. It gave Clemson its first NCAA regional championship in 20 years and eighth in history.

It was a remarkable victory for Clemson and Head Coach Jordan Byrd. The Tigers were ranked No. 59 in the nation overall and  entered the tournament as the No. 10 seed in the 13-team regional tournament. The Tigers are the first team to win any regional tournament as a double-digit seed since the NCAA adopted the current regional format in 2009.

Clemson finished the tournament with a score of 25-under-par 815, the lowest 54-hole NCAA Tournament score in school history and the fourth lowest for any tournament. Clemson had scores of 275-266 and 274 over the three-round tournament, and it was the first time all year Clemson shot under par in all three rounds of a tournament.

“It is amazing how quickly things can change in this game,” said Byrd, whose team finished 10th at the ACC Tournament in its most recent tournament.  “When you see a few putts go in it can give a team momentum.

“I have felt all year we were better than our ranking and we played to our potential this week.”

The Tigers now advance to the NCAA National Tournament at Carlsbad, California May 24-29 along with East Tennessee State, North Carolina, Georgia Tech and Baylor. It will be Clemson’s 34th appearance in the national tournament, its first since 2021.  Clemson won the championship in 2003.

Keever’s birdie on the par four, 489-yard par four 18th hole capped a remarkable final round Clemson comeback. Clemson played the last two holes as a team at six-under par compared to two-under by ETSU. Thomas Higgins and Andrew Swanson both eagled the par 5 17th hole. Swanson and Keever both made birdie on the difficult 18th.

Keever finished the tournament at 10-under-par 200 for the 54 holes on the par 70 course that measured 7,084 yards. His fifth-place finish was the best by a Clemson golfer at this tournament, his best in a team tournament all year, and the best by any Clemson golfer in an NCAA regional since 2021 when Turk Pettit finished fourth at The Golf Club of Tennessee.

“Calahan played well,”said Byrd. “He really drove the ball well. It seemed like he was hitting the ball 20 yards further. He made some putts and that confidence continued the…


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