Nov. 21, 2006
Clemson, SC – Clemson’s men’s golf team will compete in the Aloha Purdue Collegiate Classic at Kiahuna Golf Club in Kauai, Hawaii, Wednesday and Thursday this week. The Tigers will be among 10 teams competing in the 54-hole event that will included 36 holes on Wednesday and 18 holes on Thursday. This will mark the first time the Clemson golf team has played competition on Thanksgiving.
The field includes number-one ranked Alabama, the eighth ranked Tigers and 23rd ranked Texas. Host school Purdue is also in the field, along with Pepperdine, Notre Dame, Michigan, Rice and Virginia Tech.
Clemson will bring a young squad to Hawaii, as three freshmen and two sophomores will be in the lineup. Leading the way will be freshman Kyle Stanley, who has the top stroke average on the team at 71.67 through three events. Ben Martin, a red-shirt freshman with a 72.22 average will join him. Sam Saunders is a third freshman in the lineup and will bring a 73.67 stroke average to the tournament.
Sophomores David May and Phillip Mollica round out Larry Penley’s lineup. May has a 74.00 stroke average, while Mollica, a native of Anderson, SC, has a 74.67 average.
This will be Clemson’s first trip to Hawaii since it won the Mauna Kea Invitational in November of 1998. Clemson won the 12-team event with a 871 score. Lucas Glover, then a sophomore, won the event with a 213 score.
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