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Clemson Finishes 3rd At Ping Preview

Sept. 26, 2000

Durham, NC – John Engler shot the low round of the day for the entire field and D.J. Trahan fired a one-under-par 71 on Tuesday to lead Clemson to a third place finish at the Ping Golfweek Preview at the Duke University Golf Course in Durham, NC. The event was shortened to 36 holes, instead of 54 holes due to inclement weather on Monday.

The Tigers finished with a team score of 588, 12-over-par. Georgia won the event with a 583 score, while Brigham Young was second at 587. Texas, Northwestern, Arizona and Auburn all finished tied for fourth at 590.

Clemson entered the final round in 10th place, but jumped seven sports thanks to a 290 score on Monday, the low round of the day. Engler’s 70 was a seven shot improvement over his first round. He and Scott Miller of BYU were the only golfers to shoot two-under-par in the second round on the 7045-yard course that will be the site of the NCAA championships in June.

Trahan was Clemson’s top golfer of the tournament with a 145 score, good enough for a tie for eighth place. Bryce Molder of Georgia Tech was first at 140. Engler finished in a tie for 19th with his 147 score, while classmate Lucas Glover was 26th at 148. Glover had rounds of 73 and 75. Ben Duncan was one shot back of Glover at 149 after rounds of 74 and 75. Jani Saari had rounds of 76 and 80 and finished 67th at 156.

Clemson, ranked number-one in the nation in the preseason, will next be in action at The Carpet Capital Classic in Dalton, GA October 6-8.