Sept. 6, 2007
Clemson, SC — Ben Martin shot a one-under par 215 total over three days to lead Clemson to a seventh place finish at the Topy Cup in Japan. The 10-team tournament that included four top 20 teams from the United States concluded on Thursday. The Tigers played the tournament without number-one player Kyle Stanley, who will play for the United States Walker Cup team in Ireland this weekend.
Tohoku Fukushi University finished first with an 842 score over the three rounds. The University of Alabama, ranked third in the nation, was second with an 843 score. Defending NCAA Champion and number-one ranked Stanford was third at 847, while Duke, ranked 17th in the preseason was fourth at 852. The ninth ranked Tigers were seventh at 880.
Martin had rounds of 67-75-73 for his 215 total. He finished 16th in the field overall, ninth among American players. His 67 in the first round was the low round of the tournament for the Tigers and it tied for first place after the first day. It was the second straight year he opened the season with a low round. Last year he started the year with a 64 at the Carpet Classic.
Luke Hopkins, playing in his first tournament in a year and a half after red-shirting last year, was Clemson’s second best player with a 219 total. He had rounds of 75-71-73 and finished 21st overall, 11th among American players. Junior David May had a strong start with a 71 and 70 for the first two rounds, but he had an 80 in the final round to finish with a 221 total. May was 14th among American players and 27th overall.
Senior Tanner Ervin had a 228 total for the event after rounds of 79-74-75, 18th among the American golfers and 43rd overall. Phillip Mollica had a 236 total for the three rounds and was 20th among American golfers, 58th overall.
Clemson returns to action at the Carpet Classic in Dalton, GA September 14-16.
Clemson at Topy CupSeptember 4-6, 2007
Ben Martin: 67-75-73= 215 (-1), 9th Luke Hopkins: 75-71-73= 219 (+3), 11th David May: 71-70-80= 221 (+5), 14th Tanner Ervin: 79-74-75= 228 (+12), 18th Phillip Mollica: 81-78-77= 236 (+20), 20thClemson: 294-290-298= 880 (+16), 4th
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