Bluffton's Nimmer ties for 7th at NCAA Championships

Bluffton's Nimmer ties for 7th at NCAA Championships
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STILLWATER, OK (WTOC) - Bluffton native and former Hilton Head Christian Eagle Bryson Nimmer didn't have his best stuff Monday, but he still took a Top 10 finish at the NCAA Championships back to Clemson.

The Tigers' junior golfer finished tied for 7th after a final round 78 (+6) Monday. He's the first Clemson golfer to finish in the top 10 at the NCAAs since 2009.

Nimmer entered the final 18 holes with a two-shot lead, but never really got going. Starting on the back nine, Nimmer bogeyed holes 12 and 13, and followed with a double on the par 4 16th.

He would bogey 17 before recording a birdie on 18 to somewhat right the ship. Nimmer fired off five straight birdies after making the turn, but a triple bogey seven on the 6th ended any shot of a individual national championship.

"This was a tough day for scoring for everyone," Clemson head coach Larry Penley told ClemsonTigers.com. "The greens were faster than when we started, but the big thing was the pin placements. They were the most difficult of the week."

As a team, Clemson finished 13th out of 30 teams. Though the Tigers didn't make it to the match play portion of the championships, the 13th place finish marks the program's best since 2008.