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Clemson Tied For Second after First Round of Carpet Classic

Sept. 11, 2009

Clemson, SC-Senior Ben Martin, fresh off his runner-up finish at the United States Amateur, fired a two under par 70 to lead Clemson to a 290 team score and a second place standing after the first round of the Carpet Classic in Dalton, GA. The 54-hole , 12-team event continues on the par 72 course on Saturday and Sunday.

Alabama has the first round lead after a 289 score, one over par. Clemson, South Carolina and Tennessee are all tied for second at 290. Chattanooga is fifth at 291 and Georgia is sixth at 292. Auburn is seventh at 293 and Georgia Tech is eighth at 295.

Martin led the Tigers on Friday with his round of 70 that included an eagle on the par four seventh hole when he knocked his approach shot by the hole, then watched it spin back into the cup for a two. He got off to a poor start with a double bogey on the first hole, but he played the final 17 holes at four under par. He is tied for third in the individual race. Jonathan Randolph of Mississippi has the lead after a four under par 68.

Jacob Burger was Clemson’s second best golfer with a one under par 71. The sophomore from Orangeburg had five birdies and four bogeys and is in a tie for sixth place with a pair of Georgia players, Harris English and Russell Henley.

Luke Hopkins fired an opening round 77.