April 22, 2001
Orlando, FL – Clemson senior John Engler fired a final round 67 to captured medalist honors at the 48th annual ACC men’s golf championship in Orlando, FL on Sunday. The third-ranked Tigers finished second to second-ranked Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the team competition.
Engler led the event from wire-to-wire with rounds of 66-70-67 for a 203 total. His 203 score was two shots better than Bryce Molder of Georgia Tech, the nation’s top ranked player. Engler, who was ranked fifth in the MasterCard poll entering the week, finished 13-under-par for the tournament, the lowest score vs. par in Clemson history. It was two shots off the lowest total score for a 54-hole tournament. That was turned in back in October when Lucas Glover shot a 12-under-par 201 at the Jerry Pate Intercollegiate.
Engler, who holds the Clemson record for the best career stroke average, broke Jonathan Byrd’s Clemson mark for under-par rounds in a career with his performance at the Walt Disney World Complex. He now has 63 under-par rounds for his career, two more than Byrd, his former teammate now competing on the buy.com tour. It was Engler’s first tournament victory since February of 1999 when he won the San Juan Shootout.
Engler also became the first Clemson player in history to finish in the top five in the ACC Tournament four straight years. The native of Augusta, GA was fifth as a freshman, fourth as a sophomore and second as a junior. He is the fifth different Clemson golfer in history to win the ACC Tournament, the first since Charles Warren in 1998. Warren also won the title in 1997. Other Clemson champions have been Parker Moore (1976), Kevin Johnson (1988), and Danny Ellis (1992).
Clemson had won three of the last four ACC Tournaments, including last year. But, the Yellow Jackets shot a tournament best 280 team round on Sunday and finished with an 845 total, 19-under-par. Clemson was second at 853, while Wake Forest, who had a one-shot lead over Clemson and Tech entering the day, had an 854 team total for the 54 holes. Virginia was fifth at 859, followed by NC State (870), North Carolina (873), Duke (874), Florida State (897) and Maryland (900).
Lucas Glover was Clemson’s second best golfer for the tournament. The senior from Greenville, SC shot a 73 on Sunday and finished at even par 216, a tie for 12th in the field of 45. Sophomore D.J. Trahan and freshman Gregg Jones finished tied for 22nd with 220 scores. Jones, who began the tournament with a 79, shot 70-71 over the final two rounds. Trahan had a 74 on Sunday to finish at 220.Sophomore Ben Duncan shot a 76 on Sunday and finished 35th with a 224 score.
Clemson will next be in action at the NCAA East Regional at Ford’s Colony Marsh Country Club in Williamsburg, VA, May 17-19.
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