Beaufort High golfer Josh Fickes headed to Clemson

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Beaufort High School senior Josh Fickes is a member of the Clemson University men’s golf team’s latest recruiting class. Fickes will begin competing for Clemson during the 2014-15 season

Earlier this year, Fickes won the South Carolina Golf Association Junior Championship at the Country Club of Lexington when he made a 10-foot birdie putt on the last hole. He shot a six under par 210 for the event.

Golfer Josh Fickes
Golfer Josh Fickes

Fickes also tied for third at the Carolinas Junior at High Point and was a quarterfinalist at the Carolinas Golf Association Junior Match Play. He teamed with another junior golfer to win the South Carolina Junior Golf Association Four Ball this past October when he made a birdie on the second playoff hole.  Current Clemson golfers Austin Langdale and Carson Young won that event in 2011.

Fickes also qualified for the Georgia vs. South Carolina Junior Team Matches. Ranked sixth in the class of 2014 by the South Carolina Junior Golf Association, Fickes finished fifth at last year’s Jimmy Self Tournament in Greenwood and was 19th at he Junior Azalea at Briar Creek.

Larry Penley is in his 31st season as Clemson’s Head Golf Coach. He was inducted into the Collegiate Golf Hall of Fame at the age of 44 and has also won an NCAA Championship (2003), coached two Ben Hogan Award winners (D.J. Trahan and Kyle Stanley), three US Public Links Champions (Kevin Johnson, DJ Trahan and Corbin Mills) and lead the Tigers to 21 Top 20 seasons, more than any coach in any sport in Clemson history.