D.J. Trahan Hgt.: 6-3 Wgt: 180 Class: Freshman Hometown: Inman, S.C.
At Clemson: Highest rated Clemson in the nation according to MasterCard rankings, he is 19th heading into the NCAA National event…ACC Rookie of the Year, Clemson’s first ACC Rookie of the Year in golf…named National Player of the Month by MasterCard for March when he won the Las Vegas Invitational with a -9 score…quite a performance against a national field, he won on the third playoff hole…shot a final round 66 to force the playoff…only Tiger to gain an individual victory this year…that 207 tied a Clemson record for low tournament by a freshman and the -9 tied a Clemson record for low tournament vs. par by a Clemson freshman…has played in all six events in the spring and has had six under-par tournaments as a freshman…set Clemson record for rounds in the 60s by a freshman with seven…his season stroke average of 72.78 is third best in Clemson history by a freshman, trailing only John Engler and Lucas Glover…was well ahead of that pace entering the NCAA East Regional, but had a 242 in the rainy and windy conditions at that event…featured in Faces in the Crowd in Sports Illustrated (Golf Plus Addition) of April 17th…shot a 68 in his first career round, lowest score by a Clemson player in his first career round in 12 years…shot a 214 and finished sixth at the Ping Preview in his first career event, a tournament that features the top teams in the nation and is played on the NCAA National tournament site…shot a -5 score at the Golf World, his 211 total was 18th…had 72.11 average for the fall, fourth best on the team, but best fall stroke average ever by a Clemson freshman golfer…had just two of his nine rounds over 75 and those were a pair of 76s in the fall…has four top 10 finishes for the year, the Ping Preview, the San Juan Shootout, Las Vegas and the ACC…just the second freshman golfer in Clemson history to earn first-team All-ACC honors.
In High School: Youngest golfer in history to win a round in match play at the US junior Amateur, he won a first-round match when he was just 14 years old in 1994…qualified for the national junior tournament four straight years, he reached match play all four years…reached the final eight in 1996…has reached the stroke play portion of the US Amateur twice, 1996 and 1998, but has not made it to match play…three-time all-state selection at Dorman High in Spartanburg, he was member of Lewis Terry’s Dorham team that won state title in 1998 and 1999…teammed with current Tiger and classmate Michael Sims in taking that title…three-time state champion individually.
Personal: Born 12-18-80…majoring in sports management, he made the honor roll in his first semester.
Jani Saari Hgt.: 6-0 Wgt.: 150 Class: *Junior Hometown: Greenville, S.C.
Overview: This is his second NCAA National Tournament, perhaps his finest performance as a Tiger took place at the NCAAs last year…virtually came out of nowhere to finish in top 25 at the NCAAs (23rd)…was Clemson’s number-three finisher at the event, his score counted all four rounds…he obviously was entered as Clemson’s #5 man for the event….had a second round 73 that helped Clemson to the lead after two rounds in 1999 at Minnesota…his 23rd place finish at the NCAA national event is the third highest of his Clemson career…a red-shirt junior who has been consistent, his score has counted in 25 of his 31 career rounds at Clemson….finished 20th in the 1999 South Carolina Amateur with a 290 score in July…part of a winning combination, Clemson has won four of the 10 tournaments he has played in during his career.
In 1999-00: Clemson’s number-five player most of the year, he has played in seven of the 11 events…had best finish at the Jerry Pate when he was 14th, the best finish of his Clemson career…shot -2, including a career best 68 in the second round…that is the only under-par tournament of his Clemson career and it was a key to Clemson winning the tournament…also helped Tigers to fourth place finish at the Golf World with tree over par 219….has not been as effective in the spring, but did have a 19th-place finish at the ACC Championship, helping Clemson to the team championship…his score counted two of the three days in Clemson’s victory at the NCAA East Regional…has a 75.17 stroke average in the spring after a 72.89 in the Fall.
In 1998-99: Played in the Schenkel May 27-28 and Clemson won the tournament..had a second round 72 that helped the Tigers to the victory…eight of his 10 rounds counted toward Clemson’s team score in 1998-99…a key to Clemson qualifying for the nationals last year, his par on the tough 18th hole at the Rhode Island Country Club was important in Clemson’s victory over Mississippi State in the playoff…red-shirted the 1996-97 season, he did not play in any tournaments in 1997-98….made ACC academic honor roll for the 1996-97 and 1998-99 academic years …qualified for the US Amateur at Pebble Peach in 1999, he did not advance to the match play portion…had a 143 at Holston Hills in Knoxville to qualify for the national portion.
In High School: Conference player of the year for three seasons at J.L. Mann High School in Greenville…named to the all-state team for two seasons…J.L. Mann won the AAA State Championship his freshman season…finished second at the Southern Cross in 1994 and 1995…his team won the title in 1994 thanks in part to his fine play…team MVP for three years under coach Red Cook…Personal Notes: Born October 14,1976 in Helsinki, Finland…family moved to Greenville for his sophomore year of High School …Jani had to go back to Finland in 1995 to serve 240 days of service in the Finnish Military…he trained in air defense…never played golf until the 7th grade…father works for Fluor Daniel and is an electrical engineer…majoring in business administration.
John Engler Hgt.: 5-9 Wgt.: 150 Class: Sophomore Hometown: Augusta GA Experience: 1VL
Current National Rankings 14th by Sagarin, 70.23 14th by Golfstat, +1.102 9th by MasterCard, 278.745
NCAA National Tournament Experience Finished 34th with a 286 total at Albuquerque, NM, 1998 Finished 68th with 311 total at Edina, MN, 1999
Tournaments Won San Juan Shootout, Spring 1999
Major Honors First-team All-American, 1999 First-team All-ACC, 1999 and 2000 Led nation in fairways hit and greens in regulation, 1999 Led nation in greens in regulation, 1998
All-time Clemson Season Rankings in 1999-00 2nd in rounds under par, 19 2nd in rounds at par or better, 23 3rd in rounds in the 60s, 11 3rd in stroke average, 71.36 4th, rounds at 75 or better, 34 9th, top 10 finishes, 6
Clemson Career Rankings 1st, stroke average, 72.14 5th, rounds under par, 44 5th rounds at par or better, 62 5th rounds in the 60s, 19 7th, rounds 75 or better, 97 9th, top 10 finishes, 14
Overview: First-team All-American as a sophomore, first Clemson sophomore in history to make first team…also first-team All-ACC in 1999 and 2000….Clemson’s career leader in stroke average, he has a 72.14 average for his 110 rounds in two seasons…only golfer in Clemson history with two rounds at 65 or better, both were turned in last year…has 71.36 stroke average this year, third best in Clemson history…outstanding student who has been on ACC academic honor roll each of his first two years, he has been on the dean’s list…ranked first in the nation in four statistical categories for 1998-99, including fairways hit and greens in regulation, second straight year he has finished first or second in those two important areas…played for the United States in the Palmer Cup in the summer of 1999…already 5th in Clemson history in rounds under par with 44, he has 19 this year….holds Clemson record for scoring average by a freshman..three-year starter who has missed just two tournaments the last three years….first freshman in Clemson history to record four straight rounds at par or better in the NCAA Tournament and first Tiger freshman to have an under-par tournament at the NCAA national event..qualified for the United States Amateur at Pebble Beach with a 139 in qualifying in Hot Springs, AR, but he did not make it to match play portion of the event.
Hole-in-One at Grand National: Engler scored a hole-in-one competing for Clemson on the 17th hole at Grand National (site of this year’s NCAA Tournament) during the Ping/Golfweek Preview on September 21, 1999…used a nine-iron on the 150-yard hole…due to the contour of the hole, he never saw it go in…that was the second hole-in-one in Clemson history during a competition, the first while competing for the Clemson team…Michael Hoey had a hole-in-one at the Ridges Intercollegiate just 10 days previous to Engler’s shot, but he was playing that tournament as an individual, his score did not count for Clemson…Engler’s hole-in-one at Grand National was the third of his golfing life, the second in a competition…had one at Florence Invitational, a junior tournament, while he was in high school, and one at Sea Island when he was playing just for fun as a youth.
1999-00: Had another first-team All-ACC season, he could have his second straight All-America season as well…has a 71.36 average for the year, a figure that would be third best in Clemson history if the season ended today…leads the team in under par rounds with 19 and in rounds at par or better with 23…finished strong with second place finish at ACC Tournament and fourth place showing at the NCAA East Regional…has scored 215 or better in each of his last four events…struggled at the Las Vegas with a 35th place finish but has been in top 13 in each of last four events…has been between four over and six under in every tournament this year…has six top 10 finishes, five of those are top five finishes…has 19 rounds under par, second best in Clemson history… had three top 10 finishes in six tournaments in the fall, he played five for Clemson and also played in the Savane All-American tournament in El Paso, TX…finished third at that event with a -4 total for 209…had a 66 in the second round…top finish for the Tigers was a #5 at the Carpet Classic, he fired a four-under 212…also had sixth place finish at The Preview, the site of the 2000 NCAAs (Auburn, AL)…had a 71.73 average for the fall, and a 71.33 for the Spring, so you can see his level of consistency.
1998-99: Had 71.83 stroke average for the first 12 tournaments of the year, then shot 311 at the NCAAs at Hazeltine…still finished with 72.43 stroke average for the year, second best on the team…lranked 9th in final Mastercard and 10th in final Sagarin rankings for the year…led the nation in greens hit and fairways hit…also number-one in the nation in putting for par…ranked 13th in par three scoring (3.06) and 11th in par four scoring (4.07)…had 124 birdies for the year, 24th best in the nation…had 33 rounds at 75 or better, 5th best in Clemson history for a single season…has two top five finishes in his last three events coming into the NCAA nationals…has been over 220 just twice in 1998-99 for 54-hole events and both of those scores were 221 (BELLSOUTH and Preview)…had 21 rounds or par or better this year, fifth highest season total in school history…tied for eighth in school history in terms of top 10 finishes in a season…tied Clemson record for low 54-hole score with a 205 at the San Juan Shootout, he won the event with an11-under-par score…his -11 also tied Clemson record for 54-hole event…his 205 set record for a sophomore…had career best 64 at the Jerry Pate in the fall, that tied for second best round in Clemson history…only one better is 63 by Brad Clark at 1985 ACC tournament…won the San Juan Shootout with his 205 score, his only victory as a Tiger…he was co-medalist with David Christensen of ETSU…had three top 10 finishes in the fall, including a second at the Preview, the site of the 1999 NCAA Tournament…had a 217 at the Hazeltine Course, shooting consistent rounds of 73-72-72…finished the fall with a sixth-place finish at the Mauna Kea in Hawaii…played all three matches in the Rolex Match Play and had a 2-0-1 record…posted wins over B.J. Staten of Houston and Don Hill of North Carolina…finished in the top 20 in 11 of the 13 events.
1997-98: Finished his freshman year ranked 42nd in the nation in the final Golfstat Cup rankings…his 72.62 stroke average was ninth best among freshmen, nationally and best in Clemson history…starter on Clemson’s number-two ranked team, the highest finish in history for a Clemson golf team…had one of the most consistent seasons in Clemson history, he had 90.2 percent of his drives in the fairway, second in the nation in that area…reached the green in regulation 85.9 percent of the time, first in the nation in that area….finished very strong, especially in the last three events of the year…nine of his final 10 rounds of the year were at par or better and all of those rounds were in the most important three tournaments of the season..usually got off to a good start, he had four rounds in the 60s and all four were in the first round of tournaments…had a 209 score at the ACC Tournament, helping Clemson to the championship…he finished fifth individully, but the 209 score was the lowest ACC Tournament score ever by a Clemson freshman and the lowest score vs. par for any freshman in any tournament in Clemson history…followed that with a 213 at the NCAA Regional, good enough for 16th…his -2 at the NCAA National event was good enough for 34th…first freshman in history to be under par at the ACC, NCAA Regional and NCAA National event…he was a combined -12 for those three events and 10 rounds…his 209 score at the ACC Tournament tied for the third best gross score by a Tiger all season…had four-under-par events for the year, his other under par event was the Golf World, where he finished fourth…that fourth place finish at the Golf World was the only one all year in which he was Clemson’s top finisher…had two top 10 finishes for the year, the Golf World and the ACC Tournament…played three of Clemson’s five Fall matches and had second best stroke average on the team with a 71.89 figure..had four under-par rounds in his first nine rounds, quite a start for the first-year freshman…had top Clemson finish at the Golf World when he finished fourth with a five-under-par 211, he was at par-or-under in all three rounds and helped Clemson to a third-place finish…also a contributor in Clemson’s victory in the Jerry Pate Intercollegiate with a 218 score, five-over and a 13th-place finish…
In High School: Won the Azalea Amateur in Charleston in the summer after his senior year…won American Junior Golf Association Championship in 1996 at the Trophy Golf Club in Dallas…first-team Rolex All-American as a high school senior…competed in the Canon Club team…finished in the top 10 in 10 tournaments in his senior year…won the state championship his freshman year and finished in the top 5 in each of the last three years…ranked third in the nation as a junior and senior in high school…majoring in marketing at Clemson…born Dec. 2, 1978.
Jonathan Byrd Hgt.: 5-9 Wgt.: 155 Class: Senior Hometown: Columbia,S.C.
Current Rankings 10th by Sagarin, 69.98 16th by Golfstat, +1.233
Past NCAA National Tounament Results 70th with 301 score in 1997 at Chicago, IL 42nd with 289 score in 1998 at Albuquerque, NM 16th with 299 score in 1999 at Edina, MN
Tournaments Won Puerto Rico Classic, Spring 1997 The Ridges Intercollegiate, Fall 1998 Carolinas Golf Association Champion, summer, 1999 Northeast Amateur Champion, summer, 1999
Major Honors First-team All-American by Golf Coaches Association, 1999 First-team Academic All-American by Golf Coaches Association, 1999 First-team Academic All-American by CoSIDA, 1999 First-team All-ACC 1997, 98, 99, 00 First four-time first-team All-ACC Golfer in Clemson history Number-two ranked amateur in United States entering Spring 2000 Clemson University Athlete of the Year in 1998-99 Amateur Golfer of the Year in South Carolina for 1999
Clemson All-Time Season Rankings, 1999-00 4th best stroke average, 71.42 4th most rounds at par or better, 22 6th most rounds under par, 17 9th most top 10 finishes, 6
Clemson Career Rankings 1st, rounds under par, 60 1st, rounds at par or better, 73 1st rounds at 75 or better, 126 2nd top 10 finishes, 26 2nd total rounds played, 151 2nd rounds in the 60s, 29 3rd stroke average, 72.47 4th total tournaments, 50
Overall: Has a chance to become first golfer in Clemson history to start on four straight top 10 teams…can become first Clemson athlete since the 1970s (men’s soccer) to do it…starter on three ACC Championship teams at Clemson, first Tiger to do that since Chris Patton…only Nicky Goetze, currently head coach at Mississippi State, has played more rounds than Byrd…first four-time first-team All-ACC golfer in Clemson history…already has Clemson career records for rounds under par, rounds at par or better and rounds at 75 or better…can tie Clemson career record for top 10 finishes with a top 10 at the NCAA nationals…can also tie Clemson record for rounds in the 60s with one of those at the NCAA nationals…currently third in Clemson history in career stroke average…number-two ranked amateur in the nation heading into the spring of 2000…first Clemson golfer in history to be first-team All-American in the classroom and on the course in the same year, he did it in 1998-99…has a 3.6 career GPA in the classroom to go with his outstanding record on the course…just the seventh athlete in Clemson history, regardless of sport, to be first team All-American on the course and in the classroom in the same year…first-team All-American according to the Golf Coaches Association on the course and in the classroom, he was also first-team Academic All-American according to CoSIDA…first golfer in Clemson history to be named first-team All-ACC as a freshman….preseason All-American for 1999-00 and a top reason Clemson was ranked number-one in the nation most of the fall season…has two tournament victories for his career, the first spring tournament his freshman year (Puerto Rico) and the first tournament of the fall of his junior year (The Ridges)….named IPTAY Athlete of the Year for the Clemson Athletic Department for the 1998-99 academic year, he was honored in front of 86,000 people prior to the Clemson vs. Florida State football game on October 23, 1999.
1999-00: Has Clemson’s top stroke average for the spring with a 71.00…also has 11 under par rounds in his 18 spring rounds…that is second best in the ACC for the spring…has finished in the top five in each of his last three events, including a #4 at the ACC and a #4 at the NCAAs…has been under par in four of his last five events…the +2 at the NCAA East Regional must have felt like an under par tournament because of the weather conditions…has been a strong finisher of late, has averaged 70.2 for the final round in his last five events…had fifth place finish for a 209 score, his low of the spring, at the US Collegiate, a tournament televised on ESPN…had a 218 at the Preview in the Fall on the Grand National Course…had another strong fall with 71.50 stroke average playing for the Tigers…had two top 10 finishes, including seventh place at the Jerry Pate where his 207 score helped lead Clemson to the team championship…also shot even par at the Golf World and +1 at the Carpet Classic…missed the Ridges, where he won in 1998, due to his play for the United States in the Walker Cup…his 71.50 was second best among the Tigers in the fall, he was three-under-par for the fall, all 12 of his rounds were at 75 or better and eight were par or better….has been ranked in the top 20 all year in all the computer stat polls.
Summer 1999: Had great summer that led to berth on the United States Walker Cup team…finished with a 1-3 record at the Walker Cup…third Clemson player in history to be chosen for the United States Walker Cup team, Charles Warren and Kevin Johnson are the others…won the Carolinas Golf Association Amateur Championship and the Northeast Amateur…shot 70-64-71-69 at the Northeast Amateur, the 64 was his lowest tournament round ever…missed 30 of 72 greens at the Northeast Amateur, but got up and down for par 25 times…won the championship of the Carolinas Amateur with a 6 and 4 36-hole win over Steve Wright…finished third at the Southern Amateur and was runnerup at the Porter Cup in New York, he lost in a playoff to Hunter Haas…shot 66 in final round to force that playoff…posted a 4-0 record at the Palmer Cup, leading the United States to a 17.5 to 6.5 victory…qualified for the United States Amateur match play, but lost in the first round at the event played at Pebble Beach…finished second at the South Carolina Amateur to teammate Lucas Glover, Byrd shot 66 in the final round to finish 14 under for the tournament, but lost by a shot…named the amateur golfer of the year in the state of South Carolina by the South Carolina Golf Association.
1998-99: First-team All-American on the course and in the classroom… Clemson’s stroke average leader for the year with a 72.10 average, that figure is fourth best in Clemson history for a season…ranks among the top 15 golfers in the nation in all three polls…finished 14th in the Golfstat Cup race, ranked 6th according to Mastercard and 7th by Sagarin…had 71.00 average for five events in the fall and was 72.75 for his rounds in the spring…ranked second in the nation in total short game…had 10 rounds in the 60s this year, third best in Clemson history…had 36 rounds at 75 or under, tied for second in Clemson history…had seven top 10 finishes, also tied for fourth best in Clemson history…his 16 under-par rounds were fifth best in school history…finished in the top 10 in all five fall events, including medalist honors at The Ridges Intercollegiate held in Johnson City, TN…shot a nine-under 207 in winning the event, he shot 70 or better for three straight rounds…led Clemson to the team championship…had a second-place finish at the Golf World at the Arthur Hills Course at Palmetto in Hilton Head…finished strong at that event with 69 and 68 in the last two rounds after opening 75…four-under overall for the fall..shot another 207 at the Jerry Pate (par 71) and his six-under score was tied for sixth with teammate Michael Hoey…entered the spring with a streak of five straight top 10 finishes, the longest streak of its kind in Clemson history…helped Clemson to the championship round of the Rolex Match Play for the second straight fall, he had a dominating 7&6 victory over Georgia’s Jeremy Parrott…top finish of the spring was fourth place at the Schenkel…second round was his best, he has five of his 10 rounds in the 60s in the second round this year…finished the spring with a 16th place individual finish at NCAA national event at Hazeltine…had three straight 73s to open the event and help Clemson to eighth-place finish…ranked in the top 20 in the nation in seven different stat categories according to the final Golfstat rankings.
1997-98: First-team All-ACC as a sophomore and an honorable mention All-American…had a 72.33 stroke average, third best on the team, but fifth best in Clemson history….it was also the best ever by a Clemson sophomore…had seven top 10 finishes, most on the team, yes even one more than National Player of the Year Charles Warren…did not win an event in 1997-98, but had four number-four finishes…had nine rounds in the 60s, second best on the Clemson team and third highest total for a season in Clemson history…had 18 under-par rounds for the year, second to Charles Warren’s record 23…the 18 under-par rounds tied for second best in Clemson history…33 of his 40 rounds were at par or better…had career best 65 at the Golf Digest in March, that was a seven-under par round and was best by a Tiger all year and best by a Tiger since Joey Maxon’s 65 in the first round of the 1996 Carpet Classic..had two fourth-place finishes in the Fall, the Palmetto and the Jerry Pate…tied for Clemson’s top performer at the Palmetto with Charles Warren, he tied with Lucas Glover as top performer at the Jerry Pate, an event Clemson won…had his best round of the Fall at the Palmetto Classic when he had a 67, that tied for the best by a Tiger all Fall…that 67 contributed to Clemson’s team round of 273, lowest round in Clemson history.
In 1996-97: Became first Clemson freshman to earn first-team All-ACC honors…his 73.89 stroke average is fifth best ever for a Clemson freshman…first freshman in 10 years to win a tournament, he captured the Puerto Rico Classic in the first tournament of the Spring season with a 212 performance, four-under-par…could tell from early in the season that he would have an impact, he was Clemson’s medalist at the Topy Cup in Japan in his very first fall tournament as a Tiger…sixth at that tournament overall…fourth in the nation in rounds played among freshmen…30th in the country in fewest putts per round with 30.5…38th in the nation in birdie conversion…had 92 birdies for the season, 76th in the country……had three tournaments in which he was under par, he also did it at the Liberty Classic…finished in the top 10 in six tournaments as a freshman tied for the best on the team and a record for a Clemson freshman…he broke Kevin Johnson’s freshman record of five in 1987…had three straight top 10 finishes to open his first spring season, Puerto Rico, Golf Digest and Furman…also had seventh-place finish at the ACC and fourth-place at the Liberty Invitational…struggled at the NCAA Tournament, but did have a final round 72 that helped Clemson to third-place national finish…strongest in the final round his freshman year, he had a 73.4 average…consistent performer as a freshman, he had a 73.89 overall average for the year, 73.77 in the Spring.
In High School: The 4-A regional champon in 1994, 1995 and 1996…all-state selection all four years of high school…won the Southern Cross three consecutive years…number-two in the state Player of the Year award race in 1995…Carolina’s Junior State Champion in 1995…U.S. Junior Amateur Qualifier in 1995…played his high school golf at Spring Valley for Coach Ron Intermill and Allan Hancock…Personal Notes: Born January 27, 1978 in Anderson, SC…his father, James E. Byrd, Jr, played four years of football at North Carolina…brother Jordan E. Byrd was a member of the Furman golf team and they competed against each other in the Furman Invitational in 1996-97.
Lucas Glover Hgt.: 6-1 Wgt.: 180 Class: Junior Hometown: Greenville, S.C.
Current Rankings Ranked 8th in nation by Sagarin, 69.76 Ranked 11th in nation by Golfstat, +0.877
Past NCAA National Results Finished 42nd with 289 score at Albuquerque, 1998 Finished 8th with 295 score at Edina, MN, 1999
Major Honors Honorable Mention All-American, 1999 First-team All-ACC, 1999 and 2000
Tournaments Won Carpet Classic, Spring, 1998 Mauna Kea, Fall 1998 South Carolina Amateur Champion, 1999 and 2000
All-Time Clemson Season Rankings for 1999-00 1st, stroke average, 71.06 4th, rounds at par or better, 22 4th Top 10 finishes, 7 6th rounds under par, 17 6th rounds in the 60s, 8
Clemson Career Rankings 2nd, stroke average, 72.23 6th, rounds in the 60s, 16 7th, rounds under par, 39 7th, rounds at par or better, 55 13th, rounds at 75 or better, 87
Over View: First-team All-ACC and honorable mention All-American in 1998-99, he has already been named All-ACC for 2000…a player who has confidence playing in the NCAA national event and on the Grand National Course…finished eighth in last year’s NCAAs at Hazeltine, and he was third at the Preview at Grand National this past fall…second in career stroke average at Clemson entering the NCAA national tournament…had finest fall (1999)season in Clemson history, Glover was 24 under-par for his 15 rounds and five tournaments…had 10 of his 15 rounds under par…that fine fall had him ranked fifth in the Mastercard rankings entering the spring of 2000, his highest national ranking ever…slipped a bit in the spring, but still outstanding and has a 71.06 stroke average entering the national tournament…that is one pace to be a Clemson record for a season…had solid East Regional with 215 score in tough conditions, good enough for fourth place individually, and helping Clemson to the regional title…finished eighth at the NCAA Tournament at Hazeltine last June, best among Tigers at the event and he has carried that fine performance on into the summer and fall…has won a pair of college individual titles in his career, co-medalist of the Carpet Classic with Georgia Tech’s Bryce Molder, Glover shot a four-under 212 at the Dalton, GA Course…has the second lowest career stroke average in Clemson history, trailing only classmate John Engler…has been starter on a pair of top 10 teams at Clemson, he hopes to make it three in a row at Auburn…just the second Clemson freshman in 11 years to win a tournament and just the fifth freshman overall to win an event..won the Mauna Kea Invitational in Hawaii in fall of 1998….starter as a freshman on Clemson’s ACC Championship and number-two ranked team in 1997-98…Glover became just the second player in history to win both the South Carolina Golf Association Junior and the overall amateur titles, he is two-time defending South Carolina Amateur Champion and is a combined 29-under par for his last two years in that event.
1999-00: Leads the team in top 10 finishes with seven, one more at the NCAAs will tie Clemson single season record… had the finest fall of any player in Clemson history, an incredible 24-under-par for his 15 rounds…that included a career best 205 at Golf World in his final event of the fall…that was good enough for second place…tied Clemson record for under par tournament with -11 at the Golf World…tied mark that was held by Charles Warren in 1997 and teammate John Engler at last year’s tournament in Puerto Rico…entered the spring of 2000 on a string of four straight top six finishes and four straight tournaments of five-under or better…struggled in first tournament of the fall with a 16th place (+5) finish at The Ridges…then closed fall with 12 consecutive rounds of par or better, including 10 under-par rounds……his 70.46 stroke average for the fall of 1999 was Clemson record for a fall portion of the schedule….Clemson’s top finisher in four of the five tournaments in the fall…helped Clemson to team title of the Jerry Pate with his 206 score, he and Jonathan Byrd both made birdies on playoff hole to give Clemson win over UNLV….has had three rounds of 66 this year to tie for best by a Tiger this year…had 66 at Jerry Pate, the Golf World and the US Collegiate…has 71.78 stroke average for the spring events, third best on the team in the spring, but still outstanding…has had the top two tournaments of the year by a Tiger, 205 at the Golf World and 206 at the Jerry Pate…played well at The Preview in the fall at Auburn, he shot a 210, six-under-par, to finish third…had a second round 67…has finished in the top five in three of his last four events, including a fifth at the Schenkel…has six top five finishes this year…outstanding in the final round this spring, he has averaged 69.5 for his final round over the last four tournaments…has been at even or under par in seven of his 11 tournaments this year.
Summer 1999: Played for the United States in the US vs. Japan Collegiate Matches…led that team to victory with win on 18th hole in the final match…played for Tiger Head Coach Jonathan Byrd by one shot…shot 15-under-par to break his own record…made 6-foot putt on last hole to win, he shot a 67 in the final round…first person to win the event back to back years since Coach Jonathan Byrd won that award…qualified for the US Amateur at Pebble Beach by shooting a 135 over two days at Legendary Run in Cincinnati, but he did not advance to the match play portion of the event.
1998-99: Ranked 14th in the final Mastercard rankings for 1998-99, he was 18th in the final Sagarin rankings…..ranked fifth in the nation in total birdies with 138, he was seventh in subpar strokes/round with 3.65…also 13th in the nation in par five scoring at 4.69…had four eagles to lead the team…also 28th in the final Golfcup stats…finished season with eighth-place finish at NCAA’s, Clemson’s top finisher and his best finish at the event…ranked third on the team in scoring average with 72.78 figure…started season with a second-place finish at The Ridges, he was at -8, 208 for the event, he finished second to teammate Jonathan Byrd…had three top 10s in spring, eighth at the San Juan Shootout and fifth at the Golf Digest to go with eighth place finish at NCAAs…finished the Digest with a 66, his top round of the year…led to a 211 finish, tied for his best 54-hole score of the spring….had 72.13 stroke average for the fall, a prime reason Clemson won three events and was ranked first in the nation entering the spring…ended the fall in strong fashion, he won the Mauna Kea Resort Invitational in Hawaii with a 213 score, three-under par…that gave him three under-par tournaments for the fall..helped Clemson to the championship of the Jerry Pate Intercollegiate with a one-under 212 score…helped Clemson to the finals of the Rolex Match Play, he had a 2-0-1 record in the three matches…halved with Michael Morrison of Georgia, but he beat Chris Morris of Houston and Ted Haley of North Carolina….has a 5-1 career record at the Match Play event…had outstanding summer of 1998, he won the South Carolina Amateur title in record form…had a 14 under par 266 on the Heathland Course at Myrtle Beach Legends Resort, breaking the previous record of -11 set by Clemson Head Coach Larry Penley in 1987
1997-98: Fired a 289 score at the NCAAs, one over par, to help Clemson to its highest final ranking ever, second…that 289 is the 11th best tournament in Clemson history…had opening round 76 at the New Mexico Course, but finished score with 213 total over the final three rounds…finished 42nd overall…had outstanding NCAA East regional with 213 score, three under par…he was a consistent 72-71-70 at that event…strong finisher down the stretch, he was just two-over-par for the 10 rounds at the ACC Tournament, NCAA East Regional and NCAA National event…had two rounds in the 60s, one at the Cuscowilla and one at the Carpet Classic…had a pair of under-par tournaments, -4 when he won the Carpet Classic, and -3 at the East Regional…had 16 rounds of par or better for the year and 25 of his 31 rounds were 75 or better…seven of his final eight rounds of the year were 72 or better….had best tournament of the fall at the Jerry Pate where he finished fourth and helped Clemson to the team championship…in his first college event, the Ping /Golfweek, Glover shot a 220 and was Clemson’s second best golfer in the event, which was played at the site of last year’s NCAA Tournament (Albuquerque)…had a top 20 finish at the Mauna Kea Invitational in Hawaii to help Clemson to a second-place finish.
In High School: Three-time Rolex High School All-American, one of the few high school players in the 1990s to do that…won the South Carolina State High School championship as a freshman and sophomore, he finished second as a junior and senior…played in the Canon Cup for two seasons….earned spot in the final 16 of the United States Junior tournament…all-state all four years of high school…won the South Carolina Golf Association Junior tournament in 1996…Personal: born November 12, 1979…played at Wade Hampton High School in Greenville, SC…majoring in speech communication…grandson of former Clemson football and baseball star Dick Hendley, who is a member of the Clemson Athletic Hall of Fame.
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