May 20, 2000
Moosic, PA – Jonathan Byrd, Lucas Glover and John Engler all finished in a tie for third in the individual race, leading Clemson to the team championship of the NCAA Division I Eastern Regional at Glenmaura National Golf Club in Moosic, PA. Clemson now advances to the NCAA National Tournament at Grand National Country Club in Auburn, AL May 31- June 3.
It was the fourth time in the last eight years that Clemson has won the Eastern Regional, more than any other school. It also means Clemson will play in the National Tournament for the 19th straight year, the second longest active streak in the nation.
Clemson will enter the national tournament in a good frame of mind. Larry Penley’s team has won its last two tournaments. Clemson also won the ACC Tournament in April. Clemson now has three tournament victories this year. Clemson won the Jerry Pate Intercollegiate in the Fall. Saturday’s victory was the 45th by Penley, who became Clemson head coach in 1984.
Clemson won the event by 12 strokes, finishing with an 871 team score. North Florida was a surprising second place at 883, while ACC rival Georgia Tech was third at 884. East Tennessee State was fourth at 888, while Georgia State and Georgia tied for fifth at 889. Mississippi State, coached by former Clemson All-American Nicky Goetze, finished seventh with an 891 score. North Carolina, Wake Forest and Virginia also made the 11-team cut, but NC State did not when top player Carl Pettersson was disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard.
John Engler was Clemson’s top performer on Saturday with a 69, giving him a 215 score for the three rounds. Engler played the final two rounds in three-under-par after an opening round 76. Lucas Glover shot a one-over-par 72 on Saturday to finish with his 215 total. Byrd shot a 73 on Saturday to finish at 215.
It marked the first time that Clemson had three players finish in the top three at the NCAA Regional. Jani Saari shot a 76 on Saturday to finish at 231, while D.J. Trahan had an 81 to finish at 242.
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