April 21, 2001
Orlando, FL – Clemson senior John Engler continues to lead the Atlantic Coast Conference men’s golf Tournament. The native of Augusta, GA shot a two-under-par 70 on Saturday and has a three-stroke lead over four golfers, including Georgia Tech All-American and #1 ranked player in the nation Bryce Molder.
Clemson is in third place as a team, but the Tigers are just four shots behind first-place Wake Forest. The Deacons have a 564 total after two days, while Georgia Tech is second at 565. Clemson stands third at 568, while Virginia is fourth at 572. NC State and North Carolina are tied for fifth at 576, even par. Duke (584), Florida State (600) and Maryland (607) round out the field.
The scores were very close on Saturday. The Deacons shot a 283 as a team, the same score as Virginia. Clemson had a 284 and Tech a 285. Clemson has won the ACC tournament three of the last four years, including last season.
Engler stands at 136 after two days, eight under par. He is trying to win a tournament for the first time since his sophomore year when he won the San Juan Shootout in Puerto Rico. He is also trying for his fourth straight top five finish at the ACC Tournament, an accomplishment that would be a first in Clemson history. Brent Wanner of Wake Forest, Molder, Rusty Kennedy of Virginia and Bill Haas of Wake Forest are all tied for second at 139.
Lucas Glover ranks in the top 10 at the event. The senior from Greenville, SC shot a 71 on Saturday and stands one-under-par at 143, good enough for ninth place. D.J. Trahan shot a 75 on Saturday and stands 22nd at 146. Sophomore Ben Duncan had a 73 on Saturday and is tied for 28th at 148.
Freshman Gregg Jones made a great contribution on Saturday, shooting a 70. Jones had shot a 79 on Friday and his score did not count towards Clemson’s team total. But, his 70 tied Engler for low round by a Tiger on the day.
The tournament concludes on Sunday with 18 holes at the par 72 Magnolia Course at the Walt Disney World Golf Complex.
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