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@GT_GOLF Improves to 2nd at Clemson Invite

April 2, 2016

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Salem, S.C. – Vincent Whaley fired a 5-under-par 67 Saturday to grab the individual lead, and Georgia Tech moved up to second place after 36 holes at the Clemson Invitational, which is being contested at The Cliffs at Keowee Falls.

TECH LINEUP — Whaley, a junior from McKinney, Texas, birdied seven holes over the 7,103-yard, par-72 layout and matched his low round of the year in an a bid to win the second tournament of his career. Michael Hines, a junior from Acworth, Ga., shot a 2-under-par 70 and moved into the top 10 individually.

Tech also counted a 74 (+2) from sophomore James Clark (Columbus, Ga.) and a 76 (+4) from sophomore Jacob Joiner (Leesburg, Ga.), while tossing out a 78 from Chris Petefish (Danville, Calif.).

Freshman Tyler Joiner (Leesburg, Ga.) shot an even-par 72 and landed in a tie for 16th place after 36 holes.

TEAM LEADERBOARD — Clemson, the nation’s 11th-ranked team, slipped two strokes to par on Saturday and has a 10-under-par total of 566, with four of their five counting players among the top 10 individuals. The Tigers are nine shots clear of Tech, which shot 287 (-1) Saturday and completed 36 holes in 1-under-par 575. They are the only two teams under par headed into Sunday’s final round.

Louisville (579, +3) is in third place, followed by Michigan State (584, +8) and UNC Wilmington (592, +16) in the top five. UNC Wilmington (+20), Notre Dame (+21), Furman (+22), Elon (+30), Boston College (+38), UNC Greensboro (+44) and Navy +59) round out the field.

INDIVIDUAL LEADERBOARD — Whaley has a 7-under-par total of 137, two shots ahead of a trio including Michigan State’s Sam Weatherhead, Louisville’s Robin Sciot-Siegrist and Clemson’s Austin Langdale (139, -5).

Clemson’s Stephen Behr (141, -3) and Carson Young (142, -2), Tech’s Michael Hines and Louisville’s J.D. Lehman (both at 143, -1) are the other players under par through 36 holes.

TOURNAMENT INFORMATION — The first Clemson Invitational is a 54-hole event that runs through Sunday with 18 holes each day. It is played at The Cliffs at Keowee Falls, a 7,103-yard, par 72 layout in Salem, S.C. The 12-team field includes four ACC teams in 11th-ranked Clemson, the host institution, Boston College, Louisville and Notre Dame, as well as Elon, Furman, Michigan State, Navy, UNC Greensboro, UNC Wilmington and Winthrop.

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