March 30, 2010
Clemson, SC- Luke Hopkins recorded a top 10 finish and Jacob Burger had his career low tournament score for 54 holes in Clemson’s eighth-place finish in the 15-team Hootie Intercollegiate at Bulls Bay on Tuesday. The finish broke Clemson’s four-tournament streak of consecutive top three finishes, the longest for the Clemson program since 2003. The Tigers were coming off a victory at the Furman Invitational.
Clemson finished with an 857 team score for the three-day event, 12 shots behind champion LSU. It was a very competitive tournament as just 12 strokes separated the top nine teams in the tournament. Clemson tied for eighth with ACC rival NC State. Hopkins fired a team best 69 on Tuesday to finish in 10th place for the event individually. He also had rounds of 72-70 earlier and it was his fourth top 10 of the year to tie Ben Martin for the team lead. Burger had an even par tournament score of 213, his lowest 54-hole score as a Clemson golfer by five shots. He finished 17th overall, his fourth straight top 20.
Corbin Mills was Clemson’s third best golfer at The Hootie with a four over par 217 for the three rounds. The freshman had a 71 on Tuesday after a one under par 70 on Monday. He finished 32nd overall.
Ben Martin played his final event for Clemson before playing in The Masters in 10 days. He had a 72 on Tuesday and finished at 219 for the tournament. H has a 72.78 stroke average for the year, best on the team.
Crawford Reeves finished 52nd with a 222 total for the three rounds. His 68 in the second round was the best round of the tournament by a Clemson golfer.
The Tigers will not take much time to rest. The return to the course Saturday and Sunday this weekend at the Augusta State Invitational in Augusta, GA.
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