HOMETOWN: RALEIGH, N.C.
HIGH SCHOOL: LEESVILLE ROAD
Overview: The 2017 United States Amateur Champion….named to the 2017 Walker Cup Team, Clemson’s first Walker Cup selection since Kyle Stanley in 2007…defeated Doug Ghim of the University of Texas and Arlington Heights, Ill in 37 holes to become Clemson’s second US Amateur Champion (Chris Patton, 1989)…needed 160 holes to claim the title…victory came just after finishing second at Western Amateur…third team All-American as a freshman according to Golfweek…honorable mention All-American by Golf Coaches Association…first-team Freshman All-American…Academic All-ACC in addition to making All-ACC on the course….first-team Freshman All-American according to Golf Coaches Association and Golfweek…Clemson’s top golfer in terms of stroke average, first freshman to hold that distinction since Stephen Behr in 2013, and just the second since Kyle Stanley in 2007…had second best stroke average in Clemson history in 2016-17 with 70.77, only D.J. Trahan’s 70.33 average in 2001-02 is better… started every tournament this year and his score has counted in all 39 rounds …first freshman to win two tournaments in same year, never mind in the fall…set countless Clemson records, including tying the mark for the low round with a 63 at the Jackrabbit in his second career event and fourth career round…that has since been broken by teammate and classmate William Nottingham….Doc finished with a 198 at the Ka’anapali Classic, the record 54-hole score by three shots and record for a freshman by nine strokes… Clemson ‘s highest ranked player by Golfstat and Sagarin, he was #31 in final Golfweek….finalist for the 2017 US Amateur at Riviera, first Clemson finalist at US Amateur since Ben Martin in 2009 and fifth Clemson finalist at US Amateur overall…finalist at Western Open as well….reached match play at the 2016 U.S. Amateur a few days before coming to Clemson…won 2016 North Carolina 4A High School championship….Rolex honorable mention All-American in high school.
Summer of 2017: First golfer in Clemson history to be finalist at Western Amateur and the US Amateur…won US Amateur at Riviera in dramatic fashion…won over Doug Ghim in 37 holes, he was two down with two to play…made 60 foot putt for eagle to win 17, then made 9 footer to win 18th hole and force extra holes…made conceded birdie on the 10th hole, the first extra hole, to claim the title…had to negotiate a 13 for 8 spots playoff just to get into match play…just third US Amateur Champion who had to survive playoff to get into match play, first since 2012…with No. 62 seed, second lowest seed to win the US Amateur…had streak of 12 straight one-putt greens on opening 18 holes of the championship match…ranked 70th worldwide in World Amateur Rankings entering the US Amateur…started summer with #21 finish at Sunnehanna Amateur….finished 6th at Northeast Amateur and 10th at Southern Amateur…also finished 23rd at Players Amateur…lost in finals of Western Amateur to Norman Xiong of the University of Oregon in 22 holes.
2016-17: Led Clemson in stroke average all year, he finished with 70.77 figure, second best in Clemson history and 19th best in the nation…ranked 15th in nation in scoring average vs. par at -0.77…#8 in the nation in eagles with eight, #10 in birdies with 154 and #6 in subpar strokes per hole with 4.36…had Clemson freshman record eight top 10 finishes, that total is tied for third in Clemson history…tied for team lead in rounds in the 60s with 11, that is tied for ninth in school history…his 22 under-par rounds are tied for fourth most in school history and his 24 rounds at par or better tied for 10th most in a season… scored 75 or better in 38 of his 39 rounds this season…30 under par for his 39 rounds asa freshman…got off to a great start in tournaments, he had a 70.23 stroke average in opening rounds…led team in par four scoring at 4.02, 20th best in the nation…had best score of the day 14 times and was Clemson’s best player in four tournaments…drove the ball in fairway 72 percent of the time, and hit greens in regulation 69 percent of the time…led the Tigers in scoring average in his first semester with a 70.13 average, one of the best fall averages in Clemson history. … won the Jackrabbit with a 203 score, 13-under-par…that included an opening round 63 that tied the Clemson single round record at the time…in final fall event won the Ka’anapali Classic in Hawaii with a Clemson record 198 for 54 holes… had scores of 66-68-64 to win the event with a 15-under par score…he tied the record for score vs. par at a 54-hole event as well….began the fall with an 11th place score at the Carpet Classic after shooting 210 for 54 holes… shot -19 for the 15 rounds in the fall …had a 63, a 64 and a 66 in the fall… had 18 birdies in Hawaii when he won at Ka’anapli, that tied for most birdies by a Clemson golfer in a tournament this year…had the Clemson freshman record for eagles by the end of the fall, he has eight entering the NCAA National Tournament… had six straight top seven finishes from last tournament of the fall through the Wolfpack Spring Open…best finish of the spring was second-place at the Palmetto Intercollegiate…also finished fourth at Furman, sixth at Clemson Invitational and seventh at Wolfpack Spring Open…dipped to 18th at the ACC Tournament, but came back with ninth-place finish off even par at the NCAA Regional…has shot 73 or better in 23 or 24 rounds in the spring…shot even or better in nine of his 13 tournaments, including six of eight in the spring.
Summer of 2016: Reached the second round of match play at the 2016 U.S. Amateur…shot 141 in the stroke play off rounds of 69-72 for 141 total to finish 41st, then defeated Noah Goodman 2-up…lost in second round to Sam Horsfield of the University of Florida…qualifier for the 2016 U.S. Amateur with a 138 total at qualifier at Carolina Trace…had rounds of 71-67 to finish third…finished a strong second at the Palmetto Amateur in July, 2016 with a six-under-par score…also played in the North-South Amateur at Pinehurst and the Porter Cup in summer of 2016, two major amateur events…showed his capabilities with seven rounds in the 60s, including four at 67 or better, in major amateur events.
In High School: Won 2016 North Carolina 4A State High School Championship with a 140 total after rounds of 71-69…also won regional in 2016…shot nine-under-par 63 in the final round that included and eagle and seven birdies in winning the 2016 regional…he had finished second by one shot at the regional title in 2015, and second by two shots as an individual at the state championship…finished fifth at Sage Valley Junior Invitational with an even par 216 score, he was tied for 10th in 2015…Rolex honorable mention All-American in 2015…finished fifth at the 2015 Carolinas Amateur…finished in top five of the Bobby Chapman in 2015… all-state all four years of high school…ranked eighth overall and second in the 2016 class in the Golfweek Junior Boys Rankings as of August 1, 2016…rated 26th by the Junior Golf Scoreboard…reached round of 16 at the US. Junior Amateur….played his high school golf at Leesville Road High School for Andy Hunt…majoring in mathematical science at Clemson….lists his home course as Wildwood Green Golf Club.
Favorite Current Professional Golfer: Rickie Fowler
Favorite Athlete outside of golf: Leo Messi
Favorite course I have played: Sage Valley
Toughest Course I have played: Karsten Creek in Stillwater, Okla.
My Best Shot Ever: Made a double eagle on the seventh hole at Wildwood Green in 2012. Hit driver off the deck and made it from 250 yards.
My best all-time round: 63
The Best Part of my game is: Mental part
My favorite club: Putter
The part of the game I must improve is: Shots inside 100 yards
The Biggest influence on my golf career has been: My dad
My dream foursome includes myself and: Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus and my dad
Also List your all-time hole in one shots: None, but made a double eagle