Feb. 26, 2006
Freshman David May fired a two-under-par 70 to lead Clemson to a 294 team score after the first round of the San Juan Shootout in San Juan, Puerto Rico. It was the first round of the spring season for Larry Penley’s team. The 54-hole, three-day event is being played at the Westin Rio Mar par 72 course. The tournament will continue with 18 holes on Monday and the final 18 on Tuesday.
Clemson stands in 12th place in the team race with the 294 score. Alabama led the team scores on Sunday with a 280. Georgia was second at 281, followed by Florida at 284. Georgia Tech was the top ACC school with a 288 team total, followed by NC State at 293. Virginia Tech is a stroke in back of Clemson in 13th place with a 296 score while Duke, ranked in the top 10 in the nation entering the tournament, is 14th at 296.
May is picking up where he left off last fall when he finished second at the Carpet Classic in Dalton, GA with a 207 score that tied the Clemson freshman 54-hole record. The freshman from Auburn, NY fired a two-under-par 70 to lead the Tigers on Sunday. He had five birdies and three bogeys for the round and stands in a tie for 10th place individually.
Brian Duncan, who is ranked 26th in the nation according to the Sagarin Rankings entering the spring season, shot a solid 73 on Sunday to rank second among the Tigers. Duncan also had five birdies on the day. Freshman Phillip Mollica of Anderson added a 74 to match his exact average for the six rounds in two tournaments he played in the fall for the Tigers.
Stephen Poole, Clemson’s top stroke average player in the fall with a 73.22 average, struggled to a 77 in the first round, while Tanner Ervin, who had a 74.17 average in the fall, shot an 80. Ervin’s score did not count towards the Tigers team score.
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