March 26, 2006
Clemson, SC- Tanner Ervin fired an even par 71 to lead the Clemson golf team to a sixth place ranking after the first round of the 15-team Hootie’s @ Bulls Bay Intercollegiate golf tournament at Bulls Bay Golf Club in Mount Pleasant. The 15 teams will continue the action in the 54-hole event on Monday with the final round coming on Tuesday.
The Tigers shot a team round of 293, nine over par. It was the lowest round by the Tigers over their last eight team rounds dating to the second round at the Puerto Rico Classic in February. Wake Forest had the top team round with a 275 score, while South Carolina is second at 279. Those were the only two teams under par after the first 18 holes. ACC foe North Carolina stands third at four over par.
Ervin, who is a native of Mount Pleasant, calls Bulls Bay his home course. He was Clemson’s top golfer for the first time since the first round of the year when he had a 66 at the Jerry Pate Intercollegiate. He had scored over par in six straight rounds prior to Sunday’s opening round, but he had three birdies over the first 10 holes to get off to a good start. He had two bogeys over the last seven holes, but still shot an even par round, one better than his brother Tucker, who is the top player for the College of Charleston. Tanner’s round of 71 stands in a tie for 13th place.
Brian Duncan, Clemson’s top golfer all year with a 73.80 average, had a 72 on Friday. He had three birdies and three bogeys over the front nine, had three bogeys in a four-hole period on holes 12-15, then played the last three holes in one under par.
David May was Clemson’s third golfer with a score under 75. The freshman from Auburn, NY pared 12 of his last 15 holes, but had a double bogey five on the 17th hole. He finished with a three-over-par 74.
Stephen Poole and Phillip Mollica both had rounds of 76. Molica shot an ever-par 36 on the front nine, but had a five-over-par 40 on the back. He was five-over for his last six holes. Poole let one hole ruin a decent round. The senior pared 14 of the 18 holes, but had an eight on the par four eighth hole. He was one over on the other 17 holes.
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