June 2, 2003
Clemson was ranked first in the nation in the final Sagarin/Golfweek computer rankings released on Monday. D.J. Trahan, Jack Ferguson and Matt Hendrix were all ranked in the top 10 of the final individual rankings. It marked the first time Clemson has had three of the top 10 players in the final computer rankings.
Clemson, who one the school’s first golf national championship on the course last Friday at Karsten Creek in Stillwater, OK, is a full rating point ahead of second place Florida. Clemson had a 69.67 final team rating, ahead of Florida’s 70.67. The distance between Clemson and Florida in the poll rating is greater than the distance between Florida and 16th place Minnesota, who has a 71.60 ranking, an indication of Clemson’s dominance this year. Clemson had a 115-8-3 record against the other top 25 teams this year and an overall record of 183-8-3, the best winning percentage (.950) in Clemson history. Clemson had 115 wins over top 25 teams and the second best total was the 80 turned in by Wake Forest and Oklahoma State.
Trahan finished second in the Sagarin/Golfweek computer ranking for the second straight year. He had a nation leading 82 wins over top 25 players, 12 more than teammate Ferguson, who was second with 70 top 25 wins. Hunter Mahan of Oklahoma State was ranked first with a 68.69 rating, while Trahan was second at 69.22. Ferguson, who improved his stroke average by over three shots per round this year, was ranked fifth in the nation with a 69.62 figure, while Matt Hendrix was ninth at 69.89.
ACC players Bill Haas of Wake Forest (third) and Troy Matteson of Georgia Tech (fourth) were also in the top 10, giving the ACC four of the top five and five of the top 10 players in the nation according to the rankings.
Gregg Jones, who was a first-team All-ACC golfer for the Tigers this year, was ranked 41st in the final rankings. Senior Ben Duncan, who made a significant contribution to Clemson’s championship with three counting scores in the four days in Stillwater, was ranked 144th in the final rankings.
While Trahan begins his professional career on the PGA Tour this weekend, Ferguson, Hendrix and Jones all return next season. All three have been All-Americans at some time or another in their careers at Clemson. The 2003-04 Clemson team will be the first in school history with three returning first, second or third team All-Americans.
Final Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings Rk School Points 1. Clemson 69.67 2. Florida 70.67 3. Wake Forest 70.76 4. Oklahoma State 70.81 5. Texas 70.90 6. Augusta State 70.94 7. Arizona 70.98 8. UCLA 71.05 9. UNLV 71.14 10. North Carolina 71.17 11. TCU 71.23 12. Georgia Tech 71.33 13. Georgia 71.36 14. Auburn 71.40 15. Arizona State 71.56 16. Minnesota 71.60 17. North Carolina State 71.72 18. New Mexico 71.81 19. Washington 71.83 20. College of Charleston 71.90 21. Tennessee 71.90 22. Illinois 71.90 23. Southern Cal 72.04 24. Arkansas 72.05 25. Duke 72.08
Final Individual Rankings Rk Player, School Points 1. Hunter Mahan, Oklahoma St. 68.69 2. D.J. Trahan, Clemson 69.22 3. Bill Haas, Wake Forest 69.57 4. Troy Matteson, Georgia Tech 69.60 5. Jack Ferguson, Clemson 69.62 6. Ricky Barnes, Arizona 69.65 7. Brandt Snedeker, Vanderbilt 69.82 8. Nick Watney, Fresno State 69.83 9. Matt Hendrix, Clemson 69.89 10. Chris Nallen, Arizona 69.95 11. Alejandro Canizares, Arizona St. 70.00 12. Oliver Wilson, Augusta State 70.03 13. Brock MacKenzie, Washington 70.06 14. Dustin Bray, North Carolina 70.09 15. Jason Hartwick, Texas 70.14 16. Camilo Villegas, Florida 70.16 17. Ryan Moore, UNLV 70.17 18. Justin Walters, NC State 70.19 19. David Inglis, Tulsa 70.19 20. Michael Letzig, New Mexico 70.27 41. Gregg Jones, Clemson 71.03
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