North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Florida State & Wake Forest advance to match play semifinals
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. – Clemson senior Jacob Bridgeman made a seven-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole to win the 2022 Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Golf Individual Title over North Carolina’s Peter Fountain at Shark’s Tooth Golf Course at Watersound Club.
“I really wanted this one,” said Bridgeman. “This is a tournament I’ve really had my eyes set on for a while. Postseason tournaments are always at the top of our priority list, so when we got here, I was extra zoned in and I’m really happy to win it. ”
Bridgeman and Fountain were tied at -13 after the third round and went to No. 18 for the playoff. After both players made par, they returned to the 18th tee for another attempt. Fountain’s approach sailed over the green, while Bridgeman knocked it within a few feet, almost the exact same distance he missed just a few minutes earlier. This time, they drained the birdie putt to win the title and end Fountain’s attempt to win the back-to-back conference Championships.
“The first putt (on the first playoff hole) bumped out,” said Bridgeman, who tied the Clemson career record for victories with five. “I hit a good putt and it kicked left and missed on the left lip. The second one (on the second playoff hole) was pretty much the same putt, just about a foot 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 held on to the overall lead and finished -35, just two strokes off the 54-hole scoring record on a par 72 course. The Tar Heels are the top seed in Sunday’s match play semifinals and will face No. 4 seed Wake Forest. Georgia Tech (-26) finished second and will take on the third seed Florida State in the first semifinal. Both matches will tee off on hole No. 1 with live coverage on select holes on ACC Network Extra from 10 am-3 pm ET.
The Demon Deacons started the day in sixth place, but rallied on Saturday to claim the fourth and final match play spot behind the Spectacular shot-making of sophomore Michael Brennan. The Leesburg, Virginia, native birdied the final two holes (No. 8 & No. 9) to push the Deacs ahead of Notre Dame for the final position.
Georgia Tech was led by Christo Lamprecht who fired a 68 to tie for third place with Brennan and Notre Dame’s Palmer Jackson.
2022 ACC Men’s Golf Championship Team Leaderboard
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 State (-6)
T9. Clemson (+1)
T9. Duke (+1)
11. Virginia Tech (+9)
12. Boston College (+20)
2022 ACC Men’s Golf Championship Individual Leaderboard
T1. Jacob Bridgeman, Clemson (-13) – won individual title in the second hole of the playoffs
T1. Peter Fountain, North Carolina (-13)
T3. Christ Lamprecht, Georgia Tech (-11)
T3. Palmer Jackson, Notre Dame (-11)
T3. Michael Brennen, Wake Forest (-11)
Sunday Match Play Semifinals
9 am Central – No. 2 Georgia Tech vs. No. 3 Florida State (tee times every 12 minutes)
Match 1: Christo Lamprecht, Georgia Tech vs. Michael Sakane, Florida State
Match 2: Bartley Forrester, Georgia Tech vs. Frederik Kjettrup, Florida State
Match 3: Ross Steelman, Georgia Tech vs. Cole Anderson, Florida State
Match 4: Benjamin Reuter, Georgia Tech vs. Brett Roberts, Florida State
Match 5: Connor Howe, Georgia Tech vs. Patrick McCann, Florida State
10 am Central – No. 1 North Carolina vs. No. 4 Wake Forest (tee times every 12 minutes)
Match 1: Austin Greaser, North Carolina vs. Mark Power, Wake Forest
Match 2: Peter Fountain, North Carolina vs. Alex Fitzpatrick, Wake Forest
Match 3: Ryan Burnett, North Carolina vs. Michael Brennan, Wake Forest
Match 4: David Ford, North Carolina vs. Parker Gillam, Wake Forest
Match 5: Ryan Gerrard, North Carolina vs. Scott Kennon, Wake Forest
The winners of Sunday’s matches will play on Monday for the ACC Men’s Golf Championship.