July 1, 2002
Clemson, SC – Three former Clemson golfers finished in the top 16 at the Knoxville Open, this weekend’s event on the BUY.com Tour. Overall, four of the six former Tigers who competed made the cut for the final two rounds, increasing their earnings for 2002. Tommy Biershenk had the best tournament among former Tigers.
A member of four Clemson top 20 teams from 1993-96, Biershenk fired a 10-under-par 278 for the four days, 10-under par. He finished tied for ninth, his second top 10 finish of the year. He had a third place finish at the Samsung Open a couple of weeks back.
Biershenk had rounds of 68-71-70-69 for this weekend’s event. He began the tournament with two eagles within his first 10 holes on Thursday and was the only player in the field with two eagles for one round. He finished his tournament strong, scoring a 33 on the backside on Sunday.
Two former Clemson teammates finished tied for 16th. John Engler and Lucas Glover, All-Americans and classmates between 1997-01, both finished with identical 280 scores for the four rounds. Engler had rounds of 73-68-67-72 to finish eight under par. He birdied two of his final three holes on Sunday to reach his first ever top 20 finish. Glover, who should move into the top 60 on the BUY.com Tour with his finish this week, had rounds of 71-70-70-69 in recording his 280. It was his second top 20 finish on the BUY.COM Tour. He had a third place finish in Raleigh earlier this spring. Glover had 18 birdies for the week and had an average driving distance of 299.6, among the best in the field.
Charles Warren, the only Clemson player to win the National Championship, and a starter for the Tigers from 1994-98, finished 44th at the Knoxville Open with a 284 score. He had rounds of 69-72-69-74. Warren entered this event ranked seventh on the BUY.com money list. The top 15 on the list at the end of the season move up to the PGA Tour for 2003.
Kevin Johnson and Joey Maxon were two other former Tigers in the field in Knoxville this week. Johnson missed the cut by one shot, while Maxon was two off the cut.
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