By Staff Report.
Clemson, SC—Corbin Mills fired a final round 70 and classmate Crawford Reeves added an even par 72 to lead Clemson to a fifth-place finish at the 15-team Jacksonville Invitational at the TPC Players Course in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL . The Tigers, who played the final hole at four over par, still fired an even par 288 in the final round as a team, one shot better than the 289 by number-one ranked Florida.
Mills had rounds of 71-73-70 for the 54-hole tournament that was played on Monday and Tuesday on the par 72 course that is 7122 yards in length. He finished in third place individually, tied for the best finish of his career. Bank Vongvanij of Florida won the tournament with a 211 score, three shots better than Mills.
Jacob Burger was Clemson’s second best player for the tournament with a 221 score, good enough for a 14th place finish in the individual race. It was his seventh top 20 finish in his last eight spring events dating to last year. Burger had rounds of 77-71-73. His second round 71 was the best among Tigers for the second round.
McCuen Elmore, who played the number-two position in the Clemson lineup, had a 73 on Tuesday after rounds of 77 and 76 on Monday. He had a wild ride on Tuesday as he was two-under par after six holes, then played the next four holes at five over par, before playing the last six holes at two under par to finish at one over. Elmore recorded a top 25 finish, as he was 24th in the individual race at 226.
Reeves had Clemson’s second best round on Tuesday with an even par 72. His round included consecutive birdies on the 16th and 17th holes coming in. He had a 230 score for the tournament, but improved from 81 to 77 to 72 over the three rounds.
David Dannelly had rounds of 78-79-83 to finish with a 240 score.
Florida won the tournament with a 858 score, 25 shots better than North Florida, which is located just a few miles from the TPC Course. Clemson was the top ACC school with its 888 team score and fifth place finish. Wake Forest was sixth at 894. Defending champion East Tennessee State was ninth at 910.
Clemson has three weeks off and will return to action at the Puerto Rico Invitational on Feb. 20.