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Byrd, Mollica Tie for Second at South Carolina Amateur

Aug. 7, 2006

Clemson, SC – Clemson sophomore Phillip Mollica and Tiger assistant coach Jordan Byrd tied for second at the South Carolina Amateur Golf Tournament completed on Sunday afternoon. The event was a 72-hole tournament held at the par 70 Palmetto Golf Club in Aiken, SC.

Jeffrey Goff of Jackson, SC won the tournament with a score of 277.

Byrd had a three shot lead entering the final round and had been the only player in the field to score in the 60s in each of the first three rounds. But, the former Furman star who now serves as an assistant under Larry Penley on the Clemson staff shot a 74 on Sunday to finish at even-par 280 for the four rounds. Byrd was even par through the first eight holes, but played the last 10 holes at four-over-par. He had rounds of 69-69-68-74 for the tournament.

Byrd will next appear at the US Amateur in late August at Hazeltine Golf Club in Edina, MN.

Mollica who won the Monroe Invitational earlier in the summer, finished with a 71 on Sunday and shot 280 for the tournament. He had a pair of double bogeys on the back side, but finished with birdies on 16 and 18 to tie his Clemson coach.

Ben Martin was a second active Clemson player who finished in the top 20. The native of Greenwood who won the Palmetto Amateur earlier in the summer had a 289 score for the weekend, including a solid 71 on Sunday.