June 19, 2003
Clemson rising senior Matt Hendrix (Aiken, SC) fired a first round 68 and stands in a tie for eighth place after the first round of the Northeast Amateur golf tournament at Wannamoisset Country Club in Rumsford, RI.
Hendrix is hoping to continue his outstanding summer with another strong showing that will help his chances of making the United States Walker Cup team. He won the Sunnehanna Invitational two weeks ago, then finished fourth at the Monroe Invitational, an event that was won by Clemson teammate Brent Delahoussaye.
Hendrix had a one-under-par 68 on Thursday that featured two birdies and just one bogey. Also competing in the event are Clemson senior Gregg Jones, and Delahoussaye, who will be a junior on Clemson’s team this coming year. Jones had a 70 on Thursday and stands in 21st place, while Delahoussaye had a 71 and stands in 33rd place. There are 80 golfers in the field.
The Northeast Amateur is one of the top amateur golf events in the nation this summer. Past winners include current PGA Tour players Ben Crenshaw, David Duval, Scott Hoch, John Cook, Luke Donald, Hal Sutton, and former Clemson player Jonathan Byrd, who won the event in 1999.
The 72-hole event continues on Friday with the second round on the par 69 course that is 6661 yards in length.
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