December 22, 2014

Clemson has two in US Amateur

Corbin Mills

            Clemson golfers Corbin Mills and Jacob Burger will both start play in the United States Amateur on Monday.  The event includes two rounds of stroke play and up to six rounds of match play over August 22-28.  One round of stroke play and all rounds of match play will be held at Erin Hills Golf Club in Erin, WI, a 7,760-yard par 72 course that is the longest course in USGA Championship history.
            One round of stroke play will also be held at Blue Mound Golf and Country Club in Wauwatosa, WI.
            Erin Hills is one of the top courses in the nation and will be the site of the 2017 United States Open. It  served as host of the 2008 Women’s Public Links Championship.
            Mills qualified for the US Amateur by winning the 2011 US Public Links back in early July.  Mills and Brad Benjamin (2009) are the only two former Public Links Champions in the 312-player field.
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Clemson’s Mills ranked sixth best amatuer in the nation

Corbin Mills

Clemson junior Corbin Mills is sixth in the latest United States Amateur rankings according to Golfweek. Mills has 3200 points in the rating system that ranks the top amateur players in the nation and the world based on recent amateur events. Mills’ world ranking is a career best 12th place. He was not in the top 100 when the summer began.

Mills is attempting to make the 2011 United States Walker Cup team that will compete at Royal Aberdeen in Scotland Sept. 10-11. Four of the 10 players on the United States team have been selected and the remainder of the squad is expected to be named this month. The last Clemson golfer on the Walker Cup team was current PGA Tour member Kyle Stanley in 2007.

Mills has had a terrific summer as he won the US Public Links Championship in Oregon in late June, then won the Players Amateur in Bluffton, SC the very next weekend. He also finished fourth at the Palmetto Amateur, 16th at the Monroe and 18th at the Western Amateur.

Below is the United States Top 10 Amateur Ranking

(Source, GolfWeek Magazine)

  • 1. *Peter Uihlein Orlando, FL Oklahoma State
  • 2. *Patrick Cantlay Los Alamitos, CA UCLA
  • 3. *Harris English Thomasville, GA Georgia
  • 4. John Peterson Fort Worth, TX LSu
  • 5. Patrick Rogers Avon, IN Stanford
  • 6. Corbin Mills Easley, SC Clemson
  • 7. *Russell Henley Macon, GA Georgia
  • 8. Max Homa Valencia, CA California
  • Nathan Smith Pittsburgh, PA Allegheny College
  • 10. Paul Haley Dallas, TX Georgia Tech
  • *Already named to US Walker Cup team

Newberry’s Daniel Stanley turning pro

Daniel Stanley

Former Newberry College golfer Daniel Stanley had the lead after three rounds at the S.C. Golf Association’s 80th Amateur Championship, but had to settle for a second place finish. The Inman native told the Beaufort Gazette it would be his final tournament before turning professional.

A PING Division II All-American in his senior season, Stanley fought through a tough front nine, and a double bogey on hole number nine made it a 41 on the way out, but an eagle on number 11 started the bounce back.

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Clemson to add womens golf

Phillips adds golf to program

Clemson Athletic Director Terry Don Phillips announced Monday that the school will add women’s golf as a varsity sport beginning with the 2013-14 academic year. Current Head Men’s Golf Coach Larry Penley will serve as Director of Golf for the department.

Penley will hire a women’s head coach who will report to him. He expects to hire the women’s coach within the next couple of months and give the new coach time to recruit the team for the 2013-14 season. Current men’s assistant men’s coach Jordan Byrd will be promoted to Associate Head Men’s Coach.

“Clemson has enjoyed tremendous success in Men’s Golf and is well positioned to sponsor Women’s Golf based on this solid foundation,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “The ACC continues to compete at the highest level in both Men’s and Women’s Golf and we welcome the addition of their program.”

Clemson’s announcement means the ACC will have 10 schools that sponsor a varsity sport in women’s golf by 2013-14. The others are North Carolina, Duke, Virginia, Wake Forest, Florida State, Maryland, NC State, Miami (FL) and Boston College. Clemson will be the ninth Division I program in the state of South Carolina with a women’s golf program when the 2013-14 academic year begins. The others are College of Charleston, The Citadel, Coastal Carolina, Furman, Presbyterian, South Carolina, Winthrop and Wofford.

This is the first time since the 1998-99 academic year that Clemson has added a new sport. Rowing was added that year and the program just completed its third straight year in the top 15 in the nation at the NCAA Championships.

“We feel we can be a nationally competitive program ,” said Phillips. “Clemson has been exploring the addition of women’s golf for a number of years, before I came here in fact (2002).” In 2000 a Clemson athletic department committee determined after months of study that women’s golf would be the program to add when the department felt it was the right time to expand.

“We have the facilities, including the practice area and course,” continued Phillips. “We have a great recruiting base right in our own backyard, and we have the tradition of excellence with our men’s program. I am anxious to start this program.”

Penley also feels the program can be successful. “When you look at the junior program and the high school programs in this state in terms of women’s golf, there are many outstanding players a short distance from our campus,” said Penley.

“This past year the NCAA women’s champion (Austin Ernst of LSU) grew up 15 minutes from Clemson (in Seneca). Many others from the state are starters at nationally ranked programs throughout the country. We have had great success recruiting South Carolina players for our men’s program and we can do it with our women’s program as well.”

Phillips said the women’s clubhouse facility will be located at the site of the current men’s facility at The Walker Course. The Clemson men will move into the Larry B. Penley Golf Building at Jervey Meadows in September.

“We will renovate and restructure the current men’s facility and that will become the women’s team facility for the start of 2013-14. It will be an excellent facility and will obviously be very convenient for their practice rounds at the Walker Course.”

Phillips also said that the program would be fully funded, including the offering of six full scholarships.

Corbin Mills still in control the Players Amateur

Corbin Mills

Corbin Mills continued his strong play on Friday with a three-under par 69 in the second round of the Players Amateur at Bluffton, SC. Mills has a 136 total after two rounds (67-69) and has a one shot lead entering Saturday’s third round of the four-round event at Belfair Golf Club.

Last week, Mills won the United States Public Links championship. He had the lead at the end of stroke play qualifying at that event and now has had the lead at the end of three consecutive rounds of competition against some of the top amateurs in the world.

Mills has a one-shot lead over Kalem Richardson of Australia, who is at five under par 137. Kramar Kickok of Plano, TX and Eric Chun of Evanston, IL are tied for third at 138.

Mills had eight birdies and five bogeys in recording his 69 on Friday and now has 15 birdies through 36 holes. He birdied all four par-five holes and is now eight-under-par on the par five holes through two rounds. He had four straight birdies on holes 10-13, but did bogey the last two holes.

Clemson rising junior Crawford Reeves had a solid day with a 70. His 143 score stands in a tie for 13th. His day included an eagle three on the par five seventh hole. He also birdied the difficult 18th hole.