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Clemson Second in Both Golf Polls Heading into NCAAs

May 13, 2004

Clemson is ranked second in the nation in both major collegiate golf polls heading into next week’s regional play. The Tigers are second to Florida in both the Sagarin Computer ranking and the GCAA (Golf Coaches Association of America). Clemson has been ranked second in the nation according to both polls since the Fall.

Clemson is the defending NCAA Champion and will start defense of that crown next Thursday at the NCAA East Regional at the Yale University Course in New Haven, CT. Clemson is the number-two seed in the regional field behind the Gators. Clemson has a 70-19-1 record against the other 26 teams in the East Regional field.

Individually, three Clemson golfers are ranked in the top 25 in numerous NCAA statistics as published this week by Golfstat. Jack Ferguson, a junior from Seneca, leads the nation in fewest putts/round on greens in regulation (1.74) and is second in birdie conversion percentage (.343). Senior Matt Hendrix is fifth in the nation in birdie conversion (.339) and is 10th in greens in regulation (.738). Gregg Jones is 12th in the nation in greens in regulation (.724) and is 25th in fairways hit (.768).

NCAA Golf Polls
Sagarin GCAA
1. Florida 69.93 1. Florida (29) 746
2. Clemson 70.56 2. Clemson (1) 697
3. Georgia 70.74 3. UCLA 653
4. Arizona State 70.80 4. Georgia 632
5. UCLA 70.84 5. Arizona State 615
6. Georgia Tech 71.01 6. Arizona 574
7. Arizona 71.09 7. Georgia Tech 565
8. Oklahoma State 71.17 8. Texas 520
9. Texas 71.17 9. Oklahoma State 517
10. TCU 71.27 10. TCU 442
11. Southern Cal 71.40 11. Minnesota 406
12. South Carolina 71.45 12. South Carolina 392
13. Minnesota 71.48 13. UNLV 352
14. Augusta State 71.55 14. BYU 308
15. UNLV 71.56 15. California 293
16. Wake Forest 71.63 16. Southern Cal 277
17. Oklahoma 71.68 17. New Mexico 254
18. Duke 71.68 18. Augusta State 250
19. California 71.70 19. Oklahoma 213
20. New Mexico 71.71 20. Duke 203
21. BYU 71.77 21. Wake Forest 202
22. Kentucky 71.78 22. Washington 109
23. Arkansas 71.82 23. Arkansas 88
24. Washington 71.83 24. Kansas 76
25. Kansas 71.89 25. Kentucky 74

Clemson Players in National Golf Stat rankings through May 9, 2004

Matt Hendrix, Grad, Aiken, SC *8th in overall player ranking by Sagarin computer *5th in Birdie Conversion Percentage, .339 *9th in Par 3 Greens in Regulation, .708 *10th in Greens in Regulation, .738 *13th in Subpar Holes/Round, 4.45 *16th in scoring average vs. par, -0.93 *17th in Fewest Bogeys/Round, 2.45 *17th in Par Three Scoring Average, 3.05 *19th in scoring average, 70.83 *21st in Fewest Putts on GIR, 1.781 *25th in par 5 scoring average, 4.62

Jack Ferguson, Junior, Seneca, SC *10th in overall player ranking by Sagarin Computer *1st in Fewest Putts on GIR, 1.740 *2nd, Birdie Conversion, .343 *4th in Par 3 Scoring Average, 3.02 *15th in Total Birdies, 134 *16th in Par 3 GIR, .698 *16th in Subpar Strokes/Round, 4.38 *20th, Fewest Putts/Round, 29.38 *21st, Scoring Average vs. Par, -0.69 *23rd in Scoring Average, 71.09

Gregg Jones, Graduate, Florence, SC *12th in Greens in Regulation, .724 *18th in Par 3 Greens in Regulation, .688 *25th in Fairways Hit, .768

Clemson Team Rankings *First in par 3 greens reached in regulation, .649 *First in par three scoring, 3.13 *2nd in greens in regulation, .691 *3rd in fewest bogeys/round, 3.03 *3rd in subpar strokes/round, 3.42 *3rd in birdie conversion, .279 *3rd in putts on greens in regulation, 1.822 *4th in putting for par, .55 *4th in scoring average compared to par, +0.89 *5th in scoring average, 72.67 *7th in fewest 3-putt holes, .88 *7th in final round scoring average, 73.09 *7th in par 4 scoring, 4.12 *10th in fairways hit, .706 *13th in first round scoring average, 73.07 *14th in pars/round, 11.04 *17th in par 5 scoring average, 4.79 *17th in birdies, 524

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