Clemson men's golf coach Larry Penley won his 10th ACC championship earlier this week. (Clemson golf/Twitter)

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Analyzing next step for Clemson golf as Larry Penley era ends

CLEMSON — Even with spring football over, there is still plenty going on at Clemson. Senior writer Matt Connolly is ready to answer whatever questions you might have. You can submit your question for the “Question of the Day” here. Today’s question is about the men’s golf program.

Clemson men’s golf coach Larry Penley is going out in style.

Penley, who is in his 38th and final season leading Clemson’s golf program, secured his 10th ACC title earlier this week when the Tigers beat Florida State 3-2 in match play on Monday.

Clemson will learn its NCAA Tournament fate next Wednesday, and the Tigers have a strong chance to be a No. 1 seed at one of the six NCAA regional sites.

“It’s extremely special and I couldn’t be more proud of our players,” Penley said Monday. “They’ve done a fantastic job. … What an amazing day.”

Penley is attempting to lead Clemson to its second men’s golf national championship in school history. The Tigers other national title came in 2003 under Penley. He’s also led Clemson to an NCAA record seven regional championships.

As for who will replace Penley, Jordan Byrd has to be considered the favorite and would certainly make a lot of sense.

Byrd is in his 16th season as Clemson’s associate head coach and is widely considered to be one of the top assistant coaches in the country. He has been named a finalist for the Jan Strickland Award given to the top assistant coach in the country three times.

Byrd is a strong recruiter and has also done a solid job helping Tigers players develop.

He is the brother of former Clemson All-American and current PGA Tour player Jonathan Byrd. Jordan played college golf at Furman and was the Southern Conference champion in 1997.

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