April 7, 2001
Vista Vallarta, MX — Clemson stands in fifth place out of 12 teams after two rounds of the Ford US Collegiate Golf championship at Vista Vallarta, Mexico. The Tigers have a 582 team score, four strokes behind fourth place Arizona State.
Georgia leads the tournament at 556, while Georgia Tech is second at 571 and TCU is third at 574. Defending National Champion Oklahoma State is sixth, one shot behind the Tigers. The Tournament, which will be shown tape delayed on ESPN next weekend, features 12 of the top 20 teams in the nation.
Ben Duncan had Clemson’s top round of the day on Saturday, a one-under-par 71 on the par 72 course that is 7057 yards in length. Duncan had a 73 in the first round and his 144 total is tied for 14th.
One of the players tied with Duncan is John Engler. The senior shot a 71 in the first round, Clemson’s top round of the opening day, then shot a 73 on Saturday to finish at 144. Jani Saari had rounds of 72 and 77 and his 149 total is good enough for 35th. Tripp James, a junior playing in his first career tournament for Clemson, had a round of 74 on Saturday to go with his 76 on Friday. His 150 total is good enough for 48th. His score has counted towards Clemson’s team score both days.
Lucas Glover, Clemson’s top golfer, shot an 80 on Friday, his high round of the year. He followed that with an even par 72 on Saturday.
The individual leader is Nick Cassini of Georgia, who has a 135 total through two rounds. Luke Donald of Northwestern is second at 137.
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