July 11, 2001
San Antonio, TX – Clemson rising junior and defending champion D.J. Trahan has advanced to the match play portion of the United States Public Links Golf tournament in San Antonio, TX. The native of Inman, SC and Clemson’s top finisher at the NCAA Tournament in June, shot an even par 71 on Tuesday to qualify for the match play competition.
The tournament began with 156 competitors playing 36 holes in stroke play. The top 64 after two rounds advance to match play. Trahan, who was the medallist of the stroke play last year in this event, had rounds of 76 and 71 and his 147 total ranked 27th. He was tied at five-over-par with four others, including Ben Dickerson of the University of Florida, the man he defeated in the finals last year.
Trahan will meet Matt Cohn of La Jolla, CA on Wednesday in a match that will begin at 11:50 AM eastern time. This year’s United States Public Links Championship, is being played on the par 71 and 7005-yard Pecan Valley Course in San Antonio, TX.
Scores were high in he 100-degree heat in the medallist portion, as the leaders were just two-under par for the 36 holes. Jamie Vargas of Miami, FL and Nick Cassini of Athens, GA were the leaders and will be the top two seeds in the match play portion. Play will continue until Saturday when the two finalists will play a 36-hole match to decide the champion. The winner is extended an invitation to the 2002 Masters.
Trahan is attempting to become just the second Clemson golfer to reach the finals of the United States Public Links Championship twice. Kevin Johnson won the event in 1987, the summer after his sophomore year at Clemson. Then reached the finals before losing in 37 holes in the 1988 finals. Johnson is currently in his rookie year on the PGA Tour.
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