Dec. 3, 2001
Clemson, SC – Former Clemson All-American Danny Ellis has earned his PGA Tour Card for the 2002 season. It marked the second straight year that Ellis has gone through Tour School to earn his exempt status on the tour.
Ellis finished 10th at the third stage of PGA Tour School, which concluded play on Monday afternoon. He had a six-round total of 410, 22-strokes under par. He had rounds of 69-70-66-70-65-70 at the Bear Lakes Country Club Course in West Palm Beach, FL. His 65 in the fifth round was a key to him finishing in the top 35. The top 35 earned PGA Tour Cards.
Ellis was a three-time All-American for Clemson from 1989-93. He won the ACC Championship in the spring of 1992. He played on the PGA Tour last year as a rookie, finishing strong to conclude the season 161st on the money list.
Two other former Tigers earned fully exempt status on the Buy.com Tour for the 2002 season. John Engler, an All-American at Clemson from 1997-01 and a major reason Clemson finished second in the nation last spring, finished 81st at the Tour School with a 10-under-par score of 422. Joey Maxon, a two-time All-American at Clemson between 1994-98, finished 74th at 421. It will be the rookie season for both players on the Buy.com.
Jonathan Byrd, a Clemson All-American from 1997-00, will join Ellis on the PGA Tour this year. Byrd qualified for the tour by virtue of his eighth place finish on the Buy.com money list in 2001.
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