March 31, 2009
Clemson, SC – Junior Ben Martin shot a 54-hole score of 210 to lead Clemson to a seventh-place finish at the Hootie at Bulls Bay Collegiate in Mount Pleasant, SC on Tuesday. The Tigers finished in a tie for seventh with ACC rival Wake Forest out of 15 teams with a three over par 855 score.
The Tigers played the tournament without top player, All-American Kyle Stanley, who played in the PGA Tour’s Arnold Palmer Invitational over the weekend.
Augusta State won the tournament with a 17-under-par score of 835. Augusta State’s Janne Kaske won the individual honors with a 14-under par score of 199, including a 65 on Tuesday.
Martin had rounds of 73-66-71 for his three-under-par 210 score. The native of Greenwood, SC finished eighth overall, his second top 10 finish this spring. This was the third consecutive tournament that Martin has been Clemson’s best player. His even par score of 71 on Tuesday gave him eight rounds at par or better this year.
David May was Clemson’s second best golfer at the tournament. The native of Auburn, NY had consistent scores of 73-71-71 for his three rounds and finished in a tie for 22nd place. May now has a 72.95 stroke average for the year, third best on the team.
Luke Hopkins, who played in his first tournament of the year, had a three day score of 218 after rounds of 76-68-74 and he finished in 36th place. His second round 68 was the best round of his Clemson career.
Phillip Mollica was in ninth place in the individual race entering the final round, but he shot a 78 on Tuesday and finished 41st. A 10 on a par five hole on the backside ruined his round. He finished with a 219 total for the three days.
Freshman Jacob Burger had an even par 71 on Tuesday for the top round of his young career. He finished in 50th place in the 75-man field with a 221 score.
Clemson returns to the course this weekend at the US Collegiate at The Golf Club of Georgia in Marietta.
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