June 11, 2001
Clemson, S.C. — Clemson Head golf Coach Larry Penley has announced the signing of three freshmen for the 2001-02 academic year. Joining the Tigers for next year will be Martin Catalioto (Hilton Head, SC), Brian Duncan (Greenville, SC) and Stephen Poole (Spartanburg, SC).
Clemson loses three senior starters off its 2001 team that finished second in the nation. “This was an important recruiting year for us,” said Penley, who has taken Clemson to the NCAA national tournament all 18 years he has been the Tigers head coach. “You don’t replace Lucas Glover, John Engler and Jani Saari. They certainly have had an incredible impact on our program.
“But, we feel good about the group we have coming to Clemson in the fall. All three are champions. They have played against top competition, participating in national tournaments and they have had success at the national level. In today’s college game, that is important, you want players who are used to competing at a high level. All three are going to be excellent college players.”
Catalioto is now a resident of Hilton Head, SC,but played his high school golf at Bergen Catholic High School in New Jersey. A two-time Player of the Year in the state, he had a stroke average under 35.0 his senior year. Catalioto was a first-team Academic All-American and a third-team All-American on the course according to the American Junior Golf Association in 2000. He won the 2000 National Big I Championship in Alpharetta, GA.
Duncan, brother of Clemson rising junior golfer Ben Duncan, won the state 3A championship this year and was named the state 3A Player of the Year. Duncan was the 2000 Carolinas Golf Association Junior Champion and the South Carolina Golf Association Junior Champion in 1999. He also was the Match Play Junior Champions of South Carolina in 1999.
Poole was the runnerup state champion in South Carolina at the 4A level. He also won the 2000 Southern Cross Championship, an event won by former Clemson All-Americans Jonathan Byrd, Charles Warren and Lucas Glover when they were in high school. He has many top five finishes in AJGA events. Earlier this year he won a high school tournament with rounds of 63 and 61.
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