May 10, 2002
Clemson, SC – Clemson junior golfer D.J. Trahan was named ACC Player of the Year on Friday. The native of Inman was joined on the All-ACC golf team by teammate Gregg Jones. The team was selected by the ACC men’s golf coaches.
It marked the first time since 1997 that a Clemson golfer had won the ACC Player of the Year Award. Richard Coughlan was the co-winner of the Player of the Year award in 1997 as a senior. Ironically, teammate Charles Warren went on to win the national championship that season.
Trahan is ranked third nationally among college golfers according to Golfstat and Golfweek/Sagarin and has a 70.36 stroke average for the year. He will receive the Ben Hogan Award in Fort Worth, TX next Monday, the honor given to the top college golfer in the nation from May 2001 to May 2002. Trahan has now been named to the All-ACC team as a freshman, sophomore and junior, joining former Tiger Jonathan Byrd as the only Tigers to earn All-ACC honors in his first three years.
Trahan leads the nation in Par 4 scoring average with a 3.93 figure and ranks in the top 10 in five other categories, including greens in regulation. He has eight top 10 finishes this year, including victories at the Jerry Pate Intercollegiate and the Carpet Capital Classic.
Jones ranks second on the Clemson team in stroke average with a 71.80 figure. He has four top 10 finishes this year including a second place finish at the Augusta State Invitational when he lost in a playoff. It was the first All-ACC selection for Jones, who is a sophomore from Florence, SC.
Jones and Trahan will lead the Tigers into the NCAA East Regional at Roswell, GA May 16-18.
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