May 9, 2003
Clemson, SC – Jack Ferguson and Matt Hendrix both fired final rounds of 68 on Friday to lead the Clemson golf team to a second place finish at the Atlanta Intercollegiate in Stockbridge, GA. Clemson had a team score of 848 for the three rounds, 20 strokes behind champion Florida, who had a final round 271 on Friday.
Clemson’s second place finished marked the 16th straight tournament over two years that Clemson has finished in the top three. That is an all-time Clemson record for team consistency.
Ferguson had rounds of 71-69-68 in recording his 208 54-hole score, good enough for second place individually. He trailed only Camilo Villegas of Florida, who had an incredible three-round total of 194. His tournament included a final round 62, tied for the second lowest score in the nation this year.
Ferguson now has 16 consecutive rounds at par or better, breaking the previous record of 15 in a row set by John Engler in 2000. Hendrix finished in fourth place alone with rounds of 71-70-68. His 209 score was the second lowest for 54 holes as a Clemson golfer.
D.J. Trahan had a final round 75, but had an even par 216 total. He finished in 20th place, just the third time in 11 tournaments that he failed to finish in the top 10. He will enter the NCAA East Regional next week with 95 career rounds at par or better, tied with Engler for the Clemson career mark.
Gregg Jones and Ben Duncan both counted on Clemson’s team score of 281 on Friday. Duncan had an even par 72 to finish at 222 for the event, while Jones had a 73 to finish at 220.
Following Clemson in the team race was the College of Charleston with an 849 total. Host School Georgia State was fourth at 854, while Augusta State was fifth at 855. Georgia was sixth at 864, while Auburn was seventh at 870.
Clemson will next be in action at the NCAA East Regional at the University of Auburn May 15-17. The top 10 teams in the 27-team field will move on to the NCAA national tournament at Oklahoma State.
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