April 19, 2002
Uwharrie Point, NC – Gregg Jones led five under-par Tiger scores with a 68 on Friday, and Clemson stands in second place after day one of the 49th annual ACC men’s golf championships at The Old North State Club at Uwharrie Point, NC.
The Tigers shot 280 as a team, eight under-par and the third best team round of the year. But Clemson still trails number-one ranked Georgia Tech, who fired a 271 score as a team. Four of Tech’s five golfers shot in the 60s. Clemson tried to keep pace by having all five of its players shoot 71 or better.
It was the first time Clemson has had all five of its golfers shoot under par in the same round since last year’s NCAA East Regional at Williamsburg, VA (May 19, 2001), but it was the first time Clemson had ever done that at an ACC Tournament.
Jones had nine-hole scores of 33-35 in leading the Tigers with his fourth straight round in the 60s. He had three rounds in the 60s in his last outing when he finished runnerup at the Augusta State Invitational.
Jones is tied for fourth with Matt Weibring of Georgia Tech after 18 holes. Dustin Bray of North Carolina is the individual leader with a 66. Georgia Tech’s Kris Mikkelsen and Nicholas Thompson both had rounds of 67.
Clemson’s Ben Duncan is tied for eighth with a 70, two-under-par. He had a 33 on the back nine to help his score considerably.
D.J. Trahan, ranked third in the nation individually, had his 20th under par round of the year in shooting a 71. Clemson teammates Matt Hendrix and Martin Catalioto also had rounds of one-under-par 71. Catalioto, Clemson’s number-five player, now has four rounds at par of better over his last five rounds. He did not have a round at par or better during his first 11 rounds of the year.
Clemson has a three-shot lead over North Carolina after the first day, as the Tar Heels shot a 283 team score. NC State is fourth at 288, while Wake Forest, ranked second in the nation entering the event, had a 290 team score and stands in fifth place. Duke and Virginia are tied for sixth at 291, while Florida State is eighth at 292 and Maryland is ninth at 294.
The action continues with the second round on the par 72, 7102-yard layout on Saturday. The final round will be held on Sunday. Clemson won the tournament the last time it was played at The Old North State Club (2000).
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