March 10, 2002
Clemson, SC – Gregg Jones birdied four of the last seven holes on the way to a two-under-par 70, leading Clemson to a fourth-place finish at the Las Vegas Invitational on Sunday. Clemson finished the 54-hole event with an 867 team score, three-over par.
Jones finished fifth individually, his second straight top five finish. He was tied for fourth at five-under par at the Puerto Rico Classic in the first tournament of the spring. Jones finished with rounds of 74-71-70, a one-under-par score of 215.
Ben Duncan was Clemson’s second best golfer for the entire tournament with a 218 score, two-over par. It was another consistent tournament for Duncan, who had a career best 214 at the Puerto Rico Classic two weeks ago. It is the first time Duncan has put a pair of top 20 finishes together. Duncan had rounds of 72-73-73 for his 54 holes to finsh 19th.
Matt Hendrix tied Jones for Clemson’s best golfer on Sunday with a 70. He finished 29th overall for the event with scores of 73-77-70. Martin Catalioto had his best tournament of his young career. The first-year freshman had rounds of 74-75-71. The 71 on Sunday was his first career under-par round.
D.J. Trahan entered the event as the number-one ranked player in the nation. The junior struggled in the first round with a four-over-par 76, his worst round of the year. But, he finished with a par of even par 72s and finished at 220 for the three days, tied for 29th.
Georgia Tech won the team team with an 844 score, 20-under-par. It was the third win of the spring for the Yellow Jackets, who will retain their number-one ranking in the nation. Host school UNLV finished second at 863, while NC State was just one stroke back at an even par 864. Clemson was fourth at 868, four strokes better than Georgia. The field was composed of 16 teams, including 10 of the top 25 in the nation.
Clemson at Las Vegas Collegiate
Gregg Jones 74-71-70 215 -1 5th Ben Duncan 72-73-73 218 +2 19th Matt Hendrix 73-77-70 220 +4 29th D.J. Trahan 76-72-72 220 +4 29th Martin Catalioto 74-75-71 220 +4 29th Clemson 293-291-283 867 +3 4th
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