May 8, 2003
Clemson, SC – Jack Ferguson, D.J. Trahan and Matt Hendrix all stand in the top 12 and under par after two rounds of the Atlanta Intercollegiate at Eagles Landing Country Club in Stockbridge, GA. However, Clemson’s team score of 567 is good enough for just fifth place in the 12-team tournament. The Tigers are 10 shots behind first-place Florida heading into Friday’s final round.
Ferguson, Trahan and Hendrix all had a pair of under-par rounds on Thursday. Ferguson had rounds of 71 and 69, his 13th and 14th consecutive rounds at par or better. He can tie John Engler’s Clemson record for consecutive rounds at par or better on Friday. His 140 total is good enough for ninth place.
Trahan had rounds of 72 and 69 and stands at 141, good enough for 12th position entering the final round. Trahan tied John Engler’s career record for rounds at par or better on Thursday. They both have 95 and Trahan can pass him on Friday.
Trahan has finished in the top 10 in eight of his 10 tournaments tis year.Hendrix had rounds of 71 and 70 to tie Trahan. Gregg Jones had a 76 in the first round and his score did not count towards Clemson’s team total, but the junior had a 71 in the second round. He stands at 147, good enough for 33rd.
Ben Duncan, who will graduate from Clemson on Friday, but will miss the ceremonies due to his participation in this tournament, had rounds of 74 and 76 on Thursday and stands in 45th place.
Florida leads the team competition with a 557 total after team rounds of 281 and 276. The Gators are led by Camilo Villegas who had a pair of 66s on Thursday. Georgia State, the host school, stands second by a shot with a 558 total. Augusta State and Charleston are tied for third at 565.
Clemson is fifth at 567, four shots better than Georgia. Auburn is seventh at 578, while Vanderbilt is eighth at 583. UAB (584), Florida State (592), Louisville (593) and Mississippi State (632) round out the field.
The event will conclude on Friday. This is Clemson’s final regular season tournament prior to the beginning of the NCAA regional, which begins on May 15 at Auburn, AL.
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