June 8, 1999
CLEMSON, SC – Jonathan Byrd, John Engler and Lucas Glover, the top three players on Clemson’s golf team this year, were all honored with selection to All-America teams by the Golf Coaches Association of America on Monday. All three golfers were first-team All-ACC this season and led the Tigers to a number-eight finish at the NCAA tournament last week.
Byrd and Engler were named first-team All-Americans, while Glover was an honorable mention selection. This is the first time since 1996 that Clemson has had three players earn All-America honors in the same year. It is just the second time in history that Clemson has had two first-team selections in the same season. The only other year was 1997 when Richard Coughlan and Charles Warren were first-team selections.
Byrd led the Tigers with a 72.10 stroke average this year and the native of Columbia had seven top 10 finishes, just one off the school record. He won The Ridges Intercollegiate in September and finished 16th at the recent NCAA Tournament at Hazeltine National in Minnesota.
Byrd now has a 72.75 career stroke average, fourth best in Clemson history. He has 20 top 10 finishes in 39 career events, the only player in school history has had ranked in the top 10 of at least half his events.
Engler was second on the Tiger team in stroke average this year with a 72.43 average. His career mark of 72.51 is first in Clemson history. The native of Augusta, GA had six top 10 finishes this year, including medalist honors at the San Juan Shootout when he shot a 205, tied for the second lowest 54-hole total in Clemson history.
Glover finished the year strong with an eighth place finish at the NCAA Tournament at Hazeltine last week. Glover did not three-putt on any of the 72 holes he played last week. Glover had a 72.78 stroke average this year and had five top 10 finishes, including medalist honors at the Mauna Kea in Hawaii back in November. He is now third in school history in career stroke average with a 72.73 figure.
All three of these golfers will be active this summer in international play. Byrd and Engler will compete for the United States team in the Palmer Cup matches against Great Britain and Ireland. That competition will take place this Saturday and Sunday at the Honors Course in Chattanooga. Glover will compete for the United States team in the US vs. Japan Cup matches later this month. Tiger coach Larry Penley will serve as head coach of that team.
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