Clemson Claims 2016 ACC Men's Golf Championship


Louisville Robin Sciot-Siegrist repeats as individual champion

NEW LONDON, N.C. – Clemson shot a 25-under 839 on the weekend to claim the 2016 ACC Men’s Golf Championship, held Friday through Sunday at Old North State Club.

The Tigers posted rounds of 273, 284, and 282 to win the 10th title in Clemson program history and first since 2004.

“We had a good game plan for the golf course,” said coach Larry Penley, who won his ninth ACC title as coach of the Tigers. “Four out of my five guys have played here before in tournaments so it wasn’t like we had to do anything special and they knew what it would take. Once we saw the weather conditions were going to be good, the condition of the golf course was fantastic, we knew the scores were going to be good so we just tried to focus on making as many birdies as we possibly could make.”

The victory comes one year after matching the best team score in the field before falling to Georgia Tech in two playoff holes.

“With six teams in the top 24 [of the rankings], if you can come in here and win this golf tournament you’ve played a lot of great golf,” said Penley. “We were so close last year, getting beat in the playoff, the guys seemed very determined and very focused and did a heck of a job this week.”

Every Tiger posted at least one round below 70 on the weekend, a first for Clemson in ACC Championship history, and all five finished at par or better. Austin Langdale and Bryson Nimmer led the way, tying for fourth at 7-under 209. 

Wake Forest finished in second place at 14-under 850, followed by Florida State (-5), Georgia Tech (E), Duke (+1), Louisville (+2), NC State (+5), North Carolina (+6), Virginia (+6), Notre Dame (+19), Virginia Tech (+26), and Boston College (+37)

Louisville’s Robin Sciot-Siegrist, who tied for individual medalist honors last year, posted a 10-under 206 to claim the title. The junior from Rueil-Malmaison, France, entered the final round tied for sixth at 3-under, four strokes behind the leader, but shot a 7-under 65 on Sunday.

“I putted way better [today],” said Sciot-Siegrist. “I actually hit the ball better on Friday, and today I just rolled a lot of the putts in and had good momentum towards the end.”

Sciot-Siegrist played in the same early pairing as NC State’s Jacob McBride, who shot a 6-under 66 on Sunday and finished tied for second for the tournament.

“[McBride] started earlier than me with two birdies, and I had to catch up,” said Sciot-Siegrist. “I made a birdie and eagle to come back a little bit, and then I had a great stretch. It was a great battle toward the end, it wasn't until the last hole, honestly. It was great.”

Sciot-Siegrist is the fourth in league history to win back-to-back individual titles and the first since Clemson’s Charles Warren in 1997-98.