Corbin Mills fired a five-under-par 67 and Ben Martin shot a 69 to win co-medalist honors, leading Clemson to the championship of the Furman Invitational on Sunday. Clemson fired a team score of six under par 282 in rainy conditions on the par 72 course to defeat Chattanooga by 14 shots. Clemson finished with a three-day score of one over par 865. Chattanooga was the second at 879 and Furman was third at 893.
It was Clemson’s first win of the season and first time the Tigers have won the Furman Invitational since 1993. It was the fourth overall Furman Invitational title for the Tigers, who also won in 1983, 1992 and 1993. Martin’s co-championship was the first medalist honor for a Clemson golfer at Furman since Mark Swygert was the medalist in a playoff in 1992.
It was also Martin’s first career win. He was the runnerup at the US Amateur last August and will compete in the Masters in four weeks. He spent Monday and Tuesday of this past week practicing at Augusta National.
The victory was the 60th career win for Clemson Head Coach Larry Penley, who ranks second in ACC history in total tournament wins behind former Wake Forest Head Coach Jesse Haddock, who won 83 with the Demon Deacons from 1962-89. It was also Clemson’s first win in an in-state tournament since 1993 when Clemson won the Palmetto Invitational.
It was also a come back win for the Tigers, who trailed Chattanooga by three shots entering the final round.
Martin’s win combined with the Clemson team win marked the first time since the 2002 NCAA East Regional that Clemson won the team title and had an individual champion in the same tournament. That year D.J. Trahan won medalist honors at the regional, helping the Tigers win the team title.