June 4, 2001
Clemson, SC – Former Clemson All-American Jonathan Byrd finished second at the Buy.com Steamtown Classic on Sunday. The 2000 Tiger graduate shot a four-round total of 275, five-under par for the par 70 Glenmaura Country Club layout in Moosic, PA.
Byrd had a slight advantage over some of the other competitors because he had played at Glenmaura in May of 2000 at the NCAA East Regional with the Clemson team. He finished fourth at that event, so he has a pair of top four finishes on the difficult course.
Byrd had rounds of 73-66-68-68 in finishing second to fellow Buy.com rookie Jason Hill on Sunday. The second-place finish earned Byrd $37,400, his third top three finish in six events on the Buy.com tour this year.
The native of Columbia, SC is now second on the Buy.com in earnings with $167,333. He has made every cut in the six events he has played and has finished in the top 20 in five of the six. He won the Charity Pro Am at the Cliffs in April with an 18-under-par score, his first pro victory, a win that earned him $90,000.
Through the Steamtown Classic, Byrd leads the Buy.com Tour in driving distance (309.7), is first in total driving, and ball striking and is listed as the tour’s top all-around player based on a statistical formula. He is also second on tour in birdies per round and sixth in stroke average with a 69.79 figure. He has played 24 rounds so far and 17 have been under-par, including 13 in the 60s. For the year he is 36 under par.
Byrd is striving for a top 15 finish on the Buy.com money list in 2001. If he does that he will automatically qualify for the 2002 PGA Tour.
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