Rose leads Tigers with 65 in season opener – Clemson Tigers Official Athletics Site
Clemson, South Carolina—Sophomore Kian Rose hit a career-best five-under par 65 on Friday to lead Clemson to an even team score of 280 at the Maui Jim Intercollegiate at Mirabel Golf Club in Scottsdale, in Arizona.
Clemson is tied for 14th out of 18 teams after the first round on the par-70 course which measures 7,118 yards. The field includes six ACC teams, six Pac 12 teams and two SEC teams. The list of teams on the field includes seven of the top 25 teams, including fourth-placed Georgia Tech and fifth-placed Arizona State.
Rose had nine-hole scores of 33-32 with six birdies and just one bogey. He is tied for seventh place after 18 holes. His previous career best was a 67 in the third round of this same tournament on the same course last year.
Jonathan Nielsen was Clemson’s second best golfer on Friday with an even par of 70. Nielson shot 36 on the front nine, his second nine of the day and 34 on the backstroke. The transfer Carson-Newman, who was a second-team Division II All-American last year, had six birdies on the day to tie Rose for team honors. He only had one flaw during his last 12 holes, but it was a triple bogey seven on par four fifth hole.
Drayton Stewart, who sits first in the lineup after filming a Scored 11 under par for four qualifying rounds, shooting two over par 72 on Friday. He had two double bogeys in his first six holes, but settled down to shoot two under par over the last 12.
Senior Carter Pendley and second Andrew Swanson both had par-73 round threes to open the season. Pendley shot 38 in the back new, his first nine of the day, then finished strong with a par 35 up front. Swanson did the opposite, opening with a 35 on the back before shooting 38 on the front.
Auburn has the team leader with amazing team trick 22 under par 258. Oregon is second at 12 under par 268, while Washington and Tennessee are tied for third at 11 under par 269.
Auburn was led by Ryan Eshleman, who has a three-stroke lead after shooting a 60.
Two Clemson players play the individual Maui Jim Intercollegiate at Desert Mountain’s Outlaw course in Scottsdale. Alberto Dominquez was two under 70 in the first round and is tied for ninth in the 37-man field. Super senior Zack Gordon had a par 72 to finish in 16th place.
The tournament continues on Saturday. Live scoring is available at golfstat.com.