March 27, 1999
STATESBORO, Ga. – John Engler led a balanced Clemson team to a second place ranking in the 15-team event after two rounds of the Chris Schenkel Invitational at Forest Heights Country Club in Statesboro, GA. The Tigers trail first-place Georgia by five shots. The final round will take place Sunday.
Clemson has a three-stroke advantage over Duke and South Carolina, who both stand tied for third at 581 after two rounds. Florida is fifth at 583 and Ohio State stands sixth at 586. NC State is seventh at 588, while East Tennessee State , Georgia Tech and Furman are tied for eighth at 589.
TCU stands 11th at 592, Wake Forest is 12th at 593, Augusta State is 13th at 594, Virginia is 14th at 596 and host school Georgia Southern is 15th at 601.
Steve Scott of Florida is the individual leader at five-under par 139 after rounds of 69 and 70.
Engler had rounds of 73-71 for an even par 144 total after 36 holes on the par 72 6,945 yard course. The sophomore from Augusta, GA who will be featured in Sports Illustrated’s “Faces in the Crowd” next week, ranks in a tie for 12th place with six other golfers.
Jani Saari, playing the first tournament of his career, is tied for 19th at 145 after two rounds. Saari is a sophomore from Greenville, SC who was born in Helsinki, Finland and both of his rounds counted toward the team total on Saturday as he had consistent rounds of 73 and 72. Saari was tied with Clemson’s Jonathan Byrd for 19th place. Byrd had rounds of 71-74.
Freshman Michael Hoey had rounds of 75-71 and his 146 ranked in a tie for 24th, while Greenville native Lucas Glover had rounds of 78-72 for 148. He is tied for 32nd.
John Engler 73-71 144 12thJonathan Byrd 71-74 145 19thJani Saari 73-72 145 19thMichael Hoey 75-71 146 24thLucas Glover 76-72 148 32ndTeam 292-286 578 2nd
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