Feb. 27, 2006
Stephen Poole fired a three-under par 69 and classmate Brian Duncan added a two-under-par 70 to lead Clemson to an even par team round and a five-place improvement in the second round of the Puerto Rico Classic at Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.
The Tigers stand in seventh place in the 18-team field after two rounds with a 582 team score. Clemson is the highest ranked of the four ACC teams through two rounds. Oklahoma State, who shot a blistering 16-under-par 272 as a team on Monday, is the team leader at 563. Defending NCAA Champion Georgia is second at 564, while Florida is third at 568. Alabama is fourth at 574, while Purdue is fifth at 575 and East Tennessee State is sixth at 579, just three shots ahead of the Tigers.
Clemson is ahead of Texas (584), Arizona State (585), Duke (585) and Georgia Tech (586), teams that were ranked in the top 20 in the nation entering the event. Pablo Martin is the individual leader at 135 after rounds of 68 and 67. He is the number-one ranked player in the nation heading into the tournament.
Poole had a disappointing 77 in the opening round, but came back strong with a 69 that included six birdies in round two. Duncan had seven birdies in shooting his 70. Duncan is Clemson’s top player individually with a 17th place ranking and a 143 total through two rounds, while Poole is 34th with a 146 figure.
Freshman David May shot a 77 on Monday and his score did not count towards Clemson’s team score, but he is still tied for third best among Clemson golfers with a 147 total. His opening round 70 was the best by a Tiger in the opening round. Classmate Phillip Mollica has been Mr. Consistency for the Tigers this year and shot a 73 on Monday, his seventh round out of eight at 75 or better. He is tied with May at 147. Tanner Ervin had a 76 on Monday and stands at 156.
The 54-hole event concludes on Tuesday with 18 more holes on the par 72 Westin Rio Mar Golf Club River Course.
Clemson at Puerto Rico Classic Through two rounds Brian Duncan 73 70 143 -1 17th Stephen Poole 77 69 146 +2 34th David May 70 77 147 +3 42nd Phillip Mollica 74 73 147 +3 42nd Tanner Ervin 80 76 156 +12 81st Clemson team 294 288 582 +6 7th
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