BJU Bruins Golfer Clay Wiginton Nearly Makes the Cut at PGA Qualifying Tournament

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GREENVILLE, S.C. (June 3, 2014) – The Bob Jones University Bruins golf program has made tremendous strides in their first season of competition. Clay Wiginton was a standout player for the Bruins this season. On Friday, Wiginton took his talents to new heights as he competed in the qualifying tournament for the FED EX St. Jude Classic, a PGA tour event held in Memphis, Tennessee. Wiginton was among the field of over 200 golfers competing in the event. Making it through the first-round cut would mean scoring in the top 40. Wiginton was riding momentum as he had shot a personal best 66 round in a practice round earlier in the week.

The conditions would prove to be a tough obstacle as rain and wind made for difficult play. Wiginton began the round by making several good shots, but conditions made would-be birdies into pars and bogies. The highlight of the round came on the 9th hole as Wiginton sent his second shot 6 feet from the hole. He would make the birdie putt to gain momentum heading into the back nine. “It was very wet the whole day so the course played very very long,” Wiginton said. “I played the round with a pro golfer and another amateur trying to qualify like me. Overall, it was very tough conditions and no part of my game was working.”

Wiginton finished the round with a score of 80. This placed him at 43rd, just shy of making the top 40 cut. “Going into the tournament I was really hoping to advance but would have had to shoot around par to do so,” Wiginton said. “While that didn’t happen it was still an awesome experience.This tournament really got me excited for fall golf. I really want to go out and have a great fall season with the Bruins.”

Even during the offseason, Bruins golfers continue training to improve. “I was so thrilled when Clay took the initiative in the off-season to participate in such a highly competitive event just to sharpen his skills,” Bruins’ golf coach Dennis Scott said. “An experience like this for our Bruins golfers is tremendous. It provides a high level of competition, but also gives great exposure to the Bruins golf program. On top of the experience and the exposure, these events give them an opportunity to reflect Christ on a platform that is highly visible. Clay has been a great example of Christ-like character, excellence, initiative, hard work, and integrity.”

The Bruins golf team begins their second year of competition this fall.

This post was originally written by BJU Bruins Sports Information Director Jonny Gamet and appeared on www.bjubruins.com 

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