Clemson, SC—Two Clemson golfers reached the Final 16 of prestigious amateur golf events on opposite sides of the country on Thursday. Clemson junior Corbin Mills advanced to the Final 16 of the United States Public Links Tournament in Oregon with a 1-up victory over John Peterson of Fort Worth, TX, and Tiger sophomore Thomas Bradshaw reached the Final 16 of the North-South Amateur in Pinehurst, NC by downing Harrison Ashworth of Fuquay-Varina, NC, 2 & 1.
Mills’ win over Peterson was significant because Peterson, a member of the LSU golf team, had just won the NCAA Championship three weeks ago.
Mills never trailed in the match played at the Old Macdonald Course at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, but he never had more than a two-hole advantage either.
Mills won the first two holes with pars, but lost the par five fifth hole with a bogey. Peterson won the par-three eighth hole with a par to square the match. But Mills came back to win the ninth hole with a birdie, then took the 10th with a par to go back up by two. The native of Anderson, SC was still two up with four to play.
But, Peterson came on strong with a birdie on the par five 15th, and an eagle on the par five 17th to square the match entering the 18th hole. But, Mills made a birdie on the last hole to win the match.
Mills now plays Oklahoma State player Talor Gooch on Thursday afternoon in the round of 16.
Bradshaw won his second straight match by a 2 & 1 score on Thursday. The Clemson sophomore was all square with Ashworth entering he 15th hole. But, Bradshaw won the par three 15th with a par and clinched the match with a birdie on the par three 17th. Earlier, Bradshaw defeated Tyler Sheppard of Magnolia, TX, 2 & 1. He now faces Bran Schneider of Vairico, FL on Thursday afternoon.
Clemson rising senior Jacob Burger lost in the second round of the North-South Amateur on Thursday morning in an incredible 28 hole match to J.J. Bordeaux of Tacoma, WA.