Oct. 11, 2005
Birmingham, AL – Stephen Poole fired a three-under par 68 and Tanner Ervin added a one-under-par 70 in leading Clemson to an even par 284 team score on Tuesday, and a seventh place team finish at the Jerry Pate Intercollegiate at Old Overton Course in Birmingham, AL. It was the opening tournament of the year for Larry Penley’s Tigers.
Clemson finished seventh out of 12 teams, a field that included nine top 25 squads. Clemson defeated top 25 teams from Auburn, Augusta State, Arizona and TCU in registering a three-place improvement over last year. Clemson’s team score of 851 was four strokes better than last year’s team.
Georgia Tech, ranked number-two in the latest Coach’s poll, won the event with an 828 score, six shots better than number-one ranked Georgia. UAB, unranked entering the tournament, but experienced on the Old Overton Course that resides in its hometown, finished third at 842. Alabama was fourth at 844, followed by BYU and Tulsa, who both shot 847. Clemson was seventh, two shots better than Auburn.
Garrett Osborn of UAB won the tournament with a 197 score. His performance included a 62 in the opening round.
Poole, a senior from Spartanburg who is listed as Clemson’s number-one player entering this year, improved his score by three shots every day to finish with the 68. His even par 213 score for the 54 holes ranked 22nd in the field. Martin Catalioto and Tanner Ervin were Clemson’s top performers for the tournament with 212 scores. Ervin shot a final round 70, his second under-par round of the 54-hole event. The 212 score was a career best for the sophomore by 14 shots, and his 14th place finish was also a career best.
Catalioto shot a career best 211 at the Jerry Pate last year as a junior, then shot 212 this year as a senior. His tournament featured a career best tying 68 in the first round.
Clemson started two first-year freshmen in the event and both played well. Phillip Mollica of Anderson had a 220 score for the three rounds, but his scores of 73-74-73 counted each round. May had a 220 final score as well and his score counted two of the three days. His best round was an even par 71 in the second round.
Clemson will next be in action October 23-25 when it competes in the Isleworth Collegiate in Windemere, FL.
Clemson at Jerry Pate Intercollegiate
Old Overton Course
Martin Catalioto 68 71 73 212 -1 14th
Tanner Ervin 66 76 70 212 -1 14th
Stephen Poole 74 71 68 213 E 22nd
Phillip Mollica 73 74 73 220 +7 47th
David May 73 71 76 220 +7 47th
Clemson Team 280 287 284 851 -1 7th
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