Oct. 17, 2000
Birgmingham, Ala. — The Clemson golf team set numerous individual and team records in winning its fourth straight Jerry Pate Intercollege golf tournament on Tuesday. Led by seniors Lucas Glover and John Engler, the Tigers fired a final round 268 to edge Georgia by two shots. It was the lowest team round in Clemson golf history and the 825 team score for the 54 holes was also a school mark.
It was the fourth straight year that Glover and Engler played on the championship team of the Jerry Pate Intercollegiate, the first time in history that Clemson has won the same event four years in a row and obviously the first time two players played on a tournament championship team four straight years.
Both Glover and Engler bettered the previous Clemson 54-hole tournament record. Glover, a native of Greenville, SC, shot a 66 on Tuesday and finished at 201 12-under-par, good enough for second place behind medalist Bryce Molder of Georgia Tech, who was at 196. He had rounds of 68-67-66 and became the first Clemson golfer in history to post three rounds at 68 or better in the same tournament.
Engler shot a 64 on Tuesday, tied for the second lowest round in Clemson history and lowest by any Tiger since Engler had a 64 at the Jerry Pate last year. Engler, who had seven birdies and no bogeys on Tuesday, finished third in the event with a 202 score. Both Glover and Engler broke the existing individual 54-hole record of 205 by Charles Warren at the 1998 ACC Tournament.
Also contributing to the 268 team score on Tuesday were freshman Gregg Jones and sophomore Ben Duncan. Both fired rounds of 69, meaning all four of Clemson’s rounds that counted were in the 60s. It is the second straight day that has been the case, the first time in Clemson history the Tigers have done that in the same event. D.J. Trahan shot a 76 on Tuesday and is score did not count toward the team score, but the sophomore still shot a strong 215 for the tournament, good enough for 20th place.
Georgia Tech, who had the lead after two rounds, shot a 282 team score on Tuesday, 14 shots higher than Clemson. The Yellow Jackets finished a 835, 10 shots off of Clemson’s pace. Defending National Champion Oklahoma State was fourth in the 12-team field with an 852 team score, 27 shots behind Clemson.
“We came out strong from the very beginning,” said senior John Engler. “We were four-under-par as a team after the first hole and we never looked back.” Two Clemson counters actually combined to play the last two holes four over par, so the Tigers could have shot even lower numbers.
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