Oct. 8, 2000
October 8, 2000
DALTON, GA–John Engler fired a final round 72 to lead Clemson to a second place finish at the Carpet Capital Classic at The Farm in Dalton, GA. Clemson finished second with a team score of 871, just one shot back of champion Georgia Tech.
Georgia finished third at 874, while Florida was fourth at 883. Scores were high in the windy conditions at the par 72 course that is 6906 in length. East Tennessee State was the only team to break the 300-mark and the Bucs shot 299. Clemson’s 301 team score on Sunday tied for second best. Georgia Tech won the event even though it shot 304 as a team on Sunday.
“There were gusts up to 30 miles an hour, it was the most difficult playing conditions I have seen since we played at The Honors Couse for the NCAAs in 1996,” said Head Coach Larry Penley. “I was pleased with the play of John Engler and Gregg Jones, they were awesome in these conditions today.The greens were very fast. We were 10 shots down with about six holes left and lost by just a shot. We had some chances to win coming in.”
Engler was the only Tiger to reach par on Sunday. The senior from Augusta, GA came back strong after a disappointing 76 in the first round. He shot 142 over the final two round to go from 65th to 10th in the final individual standings. He finished with a 218 total, tied with Paul Casey of Arizona State and Camilo Villegas of Florida.
Classmate Lucas Glover was Clemson’s top individual finisher for the event, even though he shot a season worst 77 on Sunday. He finished with a 216 score for the 54 holes, good enough for fifth. He had rounds of 68 and 71 the first two days.
Sophomore D.J. Trahan finished 13th overall with a 219 score. The shot a 79 on Sunday in the difficult conditions. Freshman Gregg Jones was a standout for Clemson on Sunday. Playing in his first tournament, Jones shot a 73 on Sunday, second best by a Tiger and he finished the event tied for 28th with a 223 total. Ben Duncan shot a 79 on Sunday and finished 36th.
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