Overview: Has had an outstanding freshman year, his stroke average (70.97) third best in Clemson history for a freshman and seventh best overall…. first-team All-ACC as a true freshman, he was an honorable mention All-American…had second round 65 at NCAA Regional to tie Clemson record for low score at any NCAA Tournament in history…two-sport athlete at Lee Scott Academy in Auburn, Ala., he was quarterback of his high school football team and state champion on the golf team… two-year starter as high school quarterback…the No. 35 junior player in the country according to the Junior Golf Scoreboard prior to coming to Clemson…two-time State Champion in Alabama, also won Alabama Amateur in 2016 and finished runner-up in 2017….family now lives in Boone, NC
2017-18: Ranked No. 35 in the nation by Golfweek and 65 by Golfstat in the final rankings ….he was No. 82 and No. 87 by Golfweek and Golfstat, respectively, after the fall so has made quite a jump this spring…had five top 10s this year, but all five are top 3 finishes…had a run of four straight top threes in the spring, the first Clemson golfer with at least four straight top 3s since D.J. Trahan had record five in a row in 2001-02… ranked 14th in the nation in par four scoring (3.98), 37th in scoring average at 70.63, 35th in scoring average vs. par and 52nd in subpar strokes/round (4.10)…finished third in his first college tournament with a 209 score, seven-under-par, at the Carpet Classic…had rounds of 70-69-70, he showed his consistency at the outset…finished 17th at Trinity Forest with an even-par 217 score…after a 217 at Nike Elite, finished at one-under-par at the Golf Club of Georgia…had 68 to finish the tournament and the fall in strong fashion…started his streak of top three finishes with a second-place at Puerto Rico thanks to a 208, five under par…he led Clemson to tournament victory…then finished third at Bandon Dunes with a 202, 11-under-par…had final round 65,tied for his his best of the year…then won the Irish Creek Invitational with a 209, four-under-par…finished second at Clemson Invitational with 214….shot even par at ACC Tournament and NCAA Regional (216 at both), helping Clemson to strong second place finishes…had second round 65 at NCAA Regional to tie his best as a Tiger…his score has counted in 28 of 30 rounds this year…has 119 birdies to lead the team…has had at least 10 birdies in nine of his 10 tournaments…had team best 17 birdies in opening tournament of the year at Carpet Classic…had 10 consecutive under-par rounds from October 21 to April 7, longest streak of the year…has shot in 60s in five of his last six second-rounds… had the best score of the round 13 times, more than any other Tiger, and had the best tournament five times, more than any other Tiger…averaged 71.10 in final round…average 30.22 putts per round, best among Clemson starters….second highest ranked freshman in the ACC….second on team in under-par rounds with 18 and second in rounds in the 60s with 11…tied Kyle Stanley’s freshman record for rounds in the 60s…26-under-par for his 31 rounds…shot even par or better in nine of his 11 tournaments….
Summer of 2017: Began summer by finishing second at Alabama Amateur…actually tied for first at end of regulation, he lost on third playoff hole…had opening round 73, then had rounds of 69-66-66 to finish 14-under-par 274…finished third at Future Masters junior tournament in June… shot five-under-par 205 after rounds of 72-66-67…finished 20th at the Dunes Club at Southern Amateur…finished eighth at the Azalea Amateur, he shot 66-67 the final two rounds…finished second at his US Amateur qualifier with 136 total…played in the US Junior Amateur and the US Amateur….qualified for match play in both, but lost in first round of both…Pettit and Doc Redman were the only Tigers to reach the US Amateur.
In High School: Alabama State Amateur Champion in 2016, he finished second after losing in a playoff in summer of 2017…won AISA Championship in 2016 and 2017…won the 100th Alabama State Amateur in mid June of 2016 with a 72-hole score of 278….gained the one-shot victory at the Country Club of Birmingham…..two weeks later Pettit captured the Future Masters in Dothan, Ala. thanks to a six-under-par score 204, including a final round 66….shot 31 on his final nine to win the event…in April of 2016 he led his high school to the Alabama State Championship, as he won medalist honors with a 15-under par 129 for the 36-hole event thanks to scores of 64-65….Pettit was also the starting quarterback on the Lee Scott football team, he has helped the program to the state playoffs as a junior and a senior…named AISA to the All-Star game in fall of 2016…on the gridiron led Lee Scott to 7-5 record and the playoffs as a junior and senior…complete 51-92 passes for 1031 yards and 11 touchdowns against just four interceptions…also had 56 rushes for 360 yards and three touchdowns…averaged 11.2 yards per completon….featured in Golfweek for his ability in two-sports in spring of 2016….played his high school golf for Todd Thompson and his high school football for Robert Maddox.
Personal Information: Born November 16, 1998…majors in sports communications at Clemson…home course is Saugahatchee Country Club…has one career hole-in-one, it took place in 2009 at Indian Pines Country Club in Alabama….son of Kelly and Kevin Pettit…signed with Clemson in November of 2016….family now lives in North Carolina.
Pettit Personality Profile
Favorite Athlete Outside of Golf: Brett Favre
Favorite Course I have Played: Bel Air Country Club
Toughest Course I have Played: The Club @ Olde Stone
Best All-time Shot: Double eagle 2 on par five hole at Saugahatchee Country Club.
Best All-time rounds: 64 on two occasions
My Favorite Club: Putter at times
Part of my Game I Need to Improve: Every part
Biggest Influence on my golf career: Dad
Dream Foursome: Tom Brady, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer
Hole in One
2009 Indian Pines, Auburn, Ala 15th hole, 155 yards 5 iron