Clemson’s Jacob Bridgeman wins ACC Men’s Individual Golf Championship

North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Florida State and Wake Forest advance to semifinals in match play

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Florida. –Clemson senior Jacob Bridgeman birdied seven feet on the second hole of the playoffs to win the 2022 Atlantic Coast Conference men’s individual golf title over North Carolina’s Peter Fountain at Shark’s Golf Course Tooth from the Watersound Club.

“I really wanted this one,” Bridgeman said. “It’s a tournament that I really had my eyes on for some time. Post-season tournaments are always at the top of our priority list, so when we got here I was more zoned out and I’m really happy to win it.

Bridgeman and Fountain were tied at -13 after the third round and moved up to 18th for the playoffs. After both players pared, they returned to the 18th tee for another attempt. Fountain’s approach sailed across the green, while Bridgeman hit him yards out, almost the exact same distance he had missed minutes earlier. This time he drained the birdie putt to claim the title and end Fountain’s bid for back-to-back conference championships.

“The first putt (on the first playoff hole) was canceled,” said Bridgeman, who tied Clemson’s career record for wins with five. “I hit a good putt and he kicked left and missed the left lip. The second (on the second playoff hole) was pretty much the same putt, about a foot to the right of where I was before, and I was pretty confident I was going to make that one.

Led by Fountain’s 68, North Carolina retained the overall lead and finished -35, just two strokes short of the record 54 holes on a par-72 course. The Tar Heels are the top seed in the running backs. -finals of Sunday’s match play and face fourth seed Wake Forest. Georgia Tech (-26) finished second and will face third seed Florida State in the first semifinal. Both matches will kick off on hole #1 with live coverage on select holes on ACC Network Extra from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET.

The Demon Deacons started the day in sixth place but rallied on Saturday to take fourth and final place in match play behind second Michael Brennan’s spectacular shot. The Leesburg, Va. native birdied the final two holes (#8 and #9) to push the Deacs past Notre Dame for final position.

Georgia Tech was led by Christo Lamprecht who shot a 68 to tie for third place with Notre Dame’s Brennan and Palmer Jackson.

2022 ACC Men’s Golf Championship Team Rankings
1. North Carolina (-35)
2. Georgia Tech (-26)
3. Florida State (-19)
4. Wake Forest (-17)
5. Notre Dame (-16)
6. Louisville (-15)
7. Virginia (-10)
8. NC status (-6)
T9. Clemson (+1)
T9. Duke (+1)
11.Virginia Tech (+9)
12. Boston College (+20)

2022 ACC Men’s Golf Championship Individual Rankings
T1. Jacob Bridgeman, Clemson (-13) – won the individual title on the second playoff hole
T1. Peter Fountain, NC (-13)
T3. Christ Lamprecht, Georgia Tech (-11)
T3. Palmer Jackson, Notre Dame (-11)
T3. Michael Brennen, Wake Forest (-11)

Sunday semi-finals in match play
9 a.m. Central — No. 2 Georgia Tech vs. No. 3 Florida State (tee times every 12 minutes)

Game 1: Christo Lamprecht, Georgia Tech vs. Michael Sakane, Florida State
Game 2: Bartley Forrester, Georgia Tech vs. Frederik Kjettrup, Florida State
Game 3: Ross Steelman, Georgia Tech vs. Cole Anderson, Florida State
Game 4: Benjamin Reuter, Georgia Tech vs. Brett Roberts, Florida State
Game 5: Connor Howe, Georgia Tech vs. Patrick McCann, Florida State

10:00 a.m. Central — No. 1 North Carolina vs. No. 4 Wake Forest (tee times every 12 minutes)
Match 1: Austin Greaser, NC vs. Mark Power, Wake Forest
Match 2: Peter Fountain, NC vs. Alex Fitzpatrick, Wake Forest
Game 3: Ryan Burnett, North Carolina vs. Michael Brennan, Wake Forest
Match 4: David Ford, North Carolina vs. Parker Gillam, Wake Forest
Game 5: Ryan Gerrard, NC vs. Scott Kennon, Wake Forest

The winners of Sunday’s matches will play for the ACC Men’s Golf Championship on Monday.


 

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