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Clemson wins The Hayt, head coach Larry Penley draws closer to college victory record

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Larry Penley drew closer to Jesse Haddock’s all-time teaching record for males’s college match titles.

Penley’s Clemson Tigers made it 81 victories for his or her outgoing coach on Monday by profitable The Hayt at Sawgrass Country Club, pulling away from host University of North Florida to tie the match record at 19-under-par 845.

The Tigers acquired all 4 of their scoring gamers among the many top-10, led by Kyle Cottam (67) in second place at 8-under-par 208, two photographs behind particular person winner Nick Gabrelcik (69) of UNF.

Turk Pettit (71) tied for third with Florida State’s John Pak (71) at 7 below, Colby Patton (69) completed sixth at 4 below and Jacob Bridgeman (69) tied for tenth at even par.

Clemson’s 12-under 276 within the ultimate spherical tied one other match record beforehand matched in 2001 by Augusta University and in 2013 by UNF.

Clemson has gained two of its final three begins. Penley is one behind Haddock for the all-time record of 82, and he may have at most, 4 extra occasions: the Shoal Creek Invitational, April 5-7 in Birmingham, Alabama; the ACC Championship, April 22-26 in Atlanta; an NCAA regional May 17-19; and if the Tigers qualify, the NCAA Championship, May 29-June 3 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

“We’re just trying to go out there and play as good as we can and get a couple of wins for coach [Penley] so he can go out on top,” Cottam mentioned. “Our goal is to do a little better each tournament and be ready to peak when the ACC and the NCAA comes up, and we’ll be at our best.”

Clemson gained The Hayt, named for John Hayt, the UNF program’s long-time benefactor, in its fourth-ever begin within the match. The Tigers completed second in 2003, tied for fourth in 2004 and completed sixth in 2019.

Clemson Turk Pettit

Clemson Turk Pettit

Clemson senior Turk Pettit hitting his tee shot at No. 17 at Sawgrass Country Club on the Hayt. (Photo: Florida Times-Union)

“This is one of my favorite courses and I know it’s one of my players’ favorites,” mentioned Penley, who has been at Clemson for 38 years. “It’s special to win on this course and even more special to have Mr. [John] Hayt’s name on the trophy.”

Clemson pulled away from UNF on the center holes. The 4 gamers who scored performed Nos. 7 via 14 at 8-under, with one bogey. UNF performed the identical stretch of holes at 8-over.

Penley’s workforce started the day one shot behind the Ospreys and when the ultimate group was via 5 holes, the 2 groups have been tied.

Cottam led the cost with 4 birdies in six holes from Nos. 7-12.

If his workforce couldn’t win the match, Schroeder was joyful that Penley’s workforce did.

“Larry is a first-class guy with a really good team this year,” Schroeder mentioned. “They’re a veteran team [Penley started three seniors and a junior] and Sawgrass usually identifies a really good team. Right now, they’re better than us.”

“I really didn’t anticipate being able to pull away like that,” Penley mentioned. “I thought it was going to be a real dogfight and for a while, it was.”


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Gabrelcik gained his second match title as a freshman, shaking off a triple-bogey at No. 13 after he hit his second shot out of bounds, and a bogey at No. 16 when he inexplicably hit driver off the tee of the downwind 380-yard gap, which has a fairway sloping down in the direction of a water hazard in entrance of the inexperienced.

Gabrelcik mentioned he was attempting to hit a “chip-driver” at No. 16. He dropped, hit his third shot over the inexperienced, then pitched again on and made a 3-foot putt for bogey and dropped right into a tie with Cottam.

“I was feeling confident. … the water was not really on my mind,” Gabrelcik mentioned. “As soon as I saw the ball, I deeply regretted it.”

But Gabrelcik, who had a four-shot lead via 12, hit his subsequent two fairways to arrange his profitable birdies, on a 4-foot putt at No. 17 and a two-putt from 40 ft on the par-5 closing gap.

Cottam had an opportunity at No. 18 however three-putted off the entrance fringe from 40 ft away for par.

“He’s a kid who’s going to keep fighting,” Schroeder mentioned about Gabrelcik. “He hit the wrong club off the tee at No. 16 but after the triple, he didn’t mishit a golf shot. That shows you what he has inside of him.”

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