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Clemson Third At San Juan Shootout

Clemson Third At San Juan Shootout

Feb. 28, 2000

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Jonathan Byrd fired a four-under-par 68 on Monday to lead defending tournament champion Clemson to a 287 team score and a third-place team ranking after two rounds of the San Juan Shootout at Rio Mar Country Club in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Tigers have a team total of 571 after 36 holes, five shots off the pace held by Georgia Tech (566). NC State is second at 570, just one stroke ahead of the Tigers.

Duke is fourth at 572, while Wake Forest is fifth at 573, meaning the top five teams in the 15-team field are all from the ACC and all within seven shots of one another.

Byrd, the number-two ranked amateur in the country according to Golfweek Magazine, shot a 68 on Monday and is 140 after two rounds. He is just three strokes off the pace set by Bryce Molder of Georgia Tech, who stands at 137. Luke Donald, the defending NCAA Champion from Northwestern, is second at 139, followed by Byrd, Martin LeMesurier of Minnesota and Leif Olson of Duke.

Matt Kuchar of Georgia Tech is tied for sixth at 141. Three Clemson players stand at 144, even par, and tied for 18th in the field of 75 golfers. Lucas Glover and John Engler, both juniors in their third season as starters on the Clemson team, are tied for 18th, while freshman D.J. Trahan is also at 144. Engler had a 71 on Monday, while Glover had a 73, his first over par round in 12 rounds. Trahan, who shot a 68 on Sunday in the opening round, had a disappointing 76 on Monday.

Jani Saari, Clemson’s number-five player, had a 75 on Monday and is at 148, four-over-par.

The tournament concludes on Tuesday.

Clemson Golfers

Jonathan Byrd 72-68 140 3rd
Lucas Glover 71-73 144 18th
John Engler 73-71 144 18th
D.J. Trahan 68-76 144 18th
Jani Saari 73-75 148 43rd
Clemson Team 284-287 571 3rd