Sept. 3, 2001
Clemson, SC – Clemson will open its 12-tournament men’s golf schedule September 8-9 at The Ridges Intercollegiate in Johnson City, TN. Larry Penley’s Tigers will play five tournaments in the fall and five regular season tournaments in the spring, followed by the NCAA Tournaments.
The Tigers will face a national field in virtually every event. Clemson has been ranked in the top five in the nation for 62 consecutive polls. The season opener at The Ridges will have a national field. The 15-team field includes top 20 teams from Auburn, Houston, Oklahoma, Pepperdine, South Carolina, Southern Cal, TCU and Wake Forest.
The second tournament of the year will be the Ping Preview, an event that will take place September 28-30 in Columbus, OH. The Ohio State Scarlet Course will be the site of the Ping Preview and the NCAA Championships, which will be held May 29 to June 1. The 15-team Ping Preview field includes defending NCAA Champion Florida, the Tigers, who were the NCAA runnerup last year, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Arizona State, Arizona, Texas, Wake Forest, East Tennessee State, Augusta State, Virginia Tech, Pacific, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Ohio State. All 15 teams were either in the top 10 of the final rankings or in the top 15 at the NCAA Tournament last year.
Clemson will have two tournaments in October, the Carpet Capital Classic (Dalton, GA) and the Jerry Pate Invitational (Birmingham, AL). Clemson has won the Jerry Pate four consecutive years, the only time Clemson has won the same event four consecutive years. The fall schedule concludes November 9-11 with the Golf World at Palmetto Dunes on Hilton Head Island, SC.
The spring slate begins February 24-26 in Puerto Rico at the Westin Rio Mar Country Club. Clemson also will travel to Las Vegas, Statesboro, GA, and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for regular season events in March and April. This year’s ACC Tournament returns to Uwarrie Point, NC and the Old North State Club. Clemson won the tournament in 2000, the last time the ACC was played there.
The NCAA East regional will be held May 16-18 in Marietta, GA, while the NCAA Championships will be held May 29 to June 1 at Ohio State. Clemson has qualified for the NCAA National tournament 20 consecutive years, 18 in a row under Penley.
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