Golf Notes: Tough Friday for youngest Tigers at Olympia Fields

Clemson men 13th in 15-team field, Proveaux 15th overall; Ben Martin in Tour's top 10

Cody Proveaux

Photo by Kerry Capps

Cody Proveaux

It was a tough day at the ball park for the Clemson men's golf team - especially for its youngest members.

The Tigers' struggled to a 25-over 305 and stand 13th in the 15-team field headed into the second day of the Fighting Illini Invitational, which is being played at Olympia Fields outside Chicago.

Clemson tossed out a 14-over 84 by first-year freshman Carson Young, the reigning South Carolina Amateur champion, but counted a 79 by his former Pendleton High teammate, Austin Langdale, as well as a 77 by sophomore Stephen Behr and a 76 by sophomore Miller Capps.

Sophomore Cody Proveaux led the Tigers with a three-over 73 that included five bogeys and two birdies.

Both Young and Langdale struggled with big numbers. Young double-bogeyed his opening hole, took a triple on the 10th and then finished with another double at 18.

Langdale, after opening with back-to-back pars, had a quadruple-bogey 8 on the par four.

Behr and Capps avoided big numbers, but combined for 15 bogeys and just one birdie.

Clemson trails No. 1 Alabama by 24 shots going into the second round, and second-place Oklahoma State by 14. The Tigers are 10 shots behind sixth-place Florida State. They lead Northwestern and Florida.

Proveaux's 73 was good enough for a tie for 15th in the individual standings.

Martin In Top 10 at Scarlet Course: Ben Martin shot a two-under 69 on Friday and is tied for ninth place at the midway point of the Tour's fourth playoff event - the Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship at Ohio State's Scarlet Course in Columbia, Ohio.

Martin, who followed up on his opening 70, continues to take steps to enhance his playing status on the 2014 PGA Tour, which begins next month. He is currently six shots out of the lead, but just two strokes out of fourth place.

Martin tees off at 12:45 p.m. on Saturday.

Both D.J. Trahan and Jonathan Byrd missed the cut after 76s on Friday.

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