Clemson Second And Third In Final Golf Polls

June 7, 2000

CLEMSON, S.C. – Clemson is ranked second by the final Golfweek/Sagarin poll and third by the final Mastercard College Golf Foundation Poll. Georgia Tech, Clemson’s ACC foe and runnerup to national champion Oklahoma State, finished the year first in both computer rankings. Oklahoma State was second in the Mastercard poll and third in the Golfweek/Sagarin poll.

Clemson, who finished seventh at last week’s NCAA championships, had four of the top 25 players in the nation according to the final MasterCard rankings, while the same four Clemson players were all ranked in the top 33 in the country in the final Sagarin rankings. Clemson was the only school in the nation with four of the top 25 player in the nation according to the MasterCard poll.

Lucas Glover, of Greenville, SC and Wade Hampton, High School, finished seventh in the national according to MasterCard and eighth according to the Golfweek/Sagarin ranking. Glover was named a first-team All-American by the Golf Coaches Association on Monday and he set a Clemson single season record for stroke average in a season (71.24).

There is a dispute over the second best Clemson player according to the rankings. MasterCard ranked John Engler ninth in the nation, while it listed Jonathan Byrd 14th. Byrd was rated 11th in the final Golfweek/Sagarin poll and Engler was 12th.

Both Engler and Byrd also were chosen to All-America teams this year. Engler, a native of Augusta, GA, was a second-team selection, while Byrd, Clemson’s only senior this year, was a third-team selection.

Byrd, Engler and Glover have all been selected to represent the United States in the Palmer Cup in August. Clemson is the only school in the nation with three members on the team.

Freshman D.J. Trahan was ranked 22nd in the final MasterCard poll and 33rd in the final Golfweek/Sagarin ranking. Trahan was Clemson’s top golfer at the NCAA Tournament with a six-under par score and his 72.48 stroke average was the best in school history for a freshman.

Final National Golf Rankings for 2000

Final MasterCard Rankings Final Golfweek/Sagarin Rank
1. Georgia Tech 1. Georgia Tech
2. Oklahoma State 2. Clemson
3. Clemson 3. Oklahoma State
4. Houston 4. Georgia
5. Northwestern 5. Houston
6. Arizona 6. UNLV
7. UNLV 7. Arizona State
8. Texas 8. Northwestern
9. Georgia 9. Brigham Young
10. Arizona State 10. Arizona
11. Fresno State 11. Fresno State
12. Brigham Young 12. Auburn
13. Auburn 13. Texas
14. Kent 14. New Mexico
15. North Florida 15. NC State
16. North Carolina State 16. South Carolina
17. New Mexico 17. Duke
18. Augusta State 18. Kent
19. Florida 19. Florida
20. South Carolina 20. North Florida

Final Rankings of Clemson Players

Player Golfweek/Sagarin (Pts) MasterCard (Pts)
Lucas Glover 8th, (69.74) 7th (338.468)
John Engler 12th (70.02) 8th (297.495)
Jonathan Byrd 11th (69.93) 14th (249.412)
D.J. Trahan 33rd (70.93) 22nd (225.704)

MasterCard Final Top 25 Players

Rank Player Year School Points
1 Luke Donald JR Northwestern 509.800
2 Charles Howell JR Oklahoma State U. 495.050
3 Jess Daley SR Northwestern 437.992
4 Matt Kuchar SR Georgia Tech 392.275
5 Jeremy Anderson SR UNLV 372.275
6 Bryce Molder JR Georgia Tech 369.775
7 Lucas Glover JR Clemson University 338.468
8 David Gossett SO Texas, Univ. of 316.652
9 John Engler JR Clemson University 297.495
10 Max Harris SR North Carolina, U of 294.240
11 Paul Casey JR Arizona State U. 292.400
12 Michael Kirk SR UNLV 289.050
13 Andy Sanders JR Houston, Univ. of 278.658
14 Jonathan Byrd SR Clemson University 249.412
15 Nick Cassini JR Georgia, U. of 247.039
16 Martin Maritz SR Tulsa, U. of 245.013
17 Ricky Barnes FR Arizona, U. of 244.727
18 Derek Gillespie SR Arizona, U. of 234.933
19 Ben Curtis SR Kent State 233.870
20 Andy Miller SR Brigham Young Univ. 233.700
21 Edward Loar SR Oklahoma State U. 226.625
22 D.J. Trahan FR Clemson University 225.704
23 Chris Morris SR Houston, Univ. of 213.723
24 Todd Rose SR Fresno State Univ. 180.388
25 James Driscoll SR Virginia, U. of 179.029