May 15, 1998
DAUFUSKIE ISLAND, SC — Defending National Champion Charles Warren shot a three-under-par 69 and classmate Joey Maxon shot a 70 to lead Clemson to a 282 team score and a second-place team ranking heading into the final round of the NCAA East Regional golf tournament. The 23-team tournament is being played at the par 72 and 7,081 yard Melrose Course at Daufuskie Island, SC.
Georgia Tech had a team score of 275 on Friday, while Clemson was at 282. Tech has a three stroke lead overall heading into the final day with a team score of 559. Clemson is at 562, 14-under-par.
The top 11 teams will qualify for the NCAA National tournament May 27-30 at Albuquerque, NM. Clemson has qualified for the national event every year since 1982.
For the second consecutive day Clemson had three players shoot under par and a fourth shoot at even par. Warren’s 69 was his 11th round in the 60s this year and his 18th under par round of the season. The native of Columbia stands at 140 after two rounds.
He lowered his season stroke average to 71.68, ahead of Chris Patton’s single season record of 71.85 set in 1989. It was Warren’s eighth consecutive round at par or under.
Maxon continues to be Clemson’s top golfer after two rounds. The all-ACC player from Dover, DE shot a 70 on Friday and stands at 138, third place. It was his third straight under-par round over two tournaments.
Freshmen Lucas Glover and John Engler both stand at 143 after two rounds, one-under par. Glover, from Wade Hampton High School in Greenville, shot a 71 on Friday, while Engler shot a 74.
The only Clemson player over par for the two rounds is sophomore Jonathan Byrd. The only player in Clemson history to earn All-ACC honors as a freshman and sophomore had an even par 72 on Friday after a 74 on Thursday.
Clemson golfers now have a combined total of 62 under-par rounds this year, breaking the single season record of 58 set in 1989. The squad established the school team record for rounds at par or better in a season with four on Friday, giving it 82 for the season. The previous record was 78 held by the 1989 team.
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