May 8, 2006
Brian Duncan and Stephen Poole, Clemson seniors ranked in the top 50 of the latest Golfweek/Sagarin college rankings, have both been named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference men’s golf team. The 12-man team that was compiled by a vote of the 11 ACC Coaches, was announced on Monday.
This marks the 11th consecutive year that Clemson has had at least two selections on the first-team. It is the first time Duncan and Poole have been named to the team. Both golfers will graduate on May 12 before starting play in the NCAA Tournament on May 18.
Duncan, a senior from Greenville, SC, is ranked 17th in the nation in the latest Sagarin rankings. He has the top stroke average on the Clemson team with a 72.81 figure. Clemson’s most consistent golfer has three top 10 finishes and eight top 20s in his nine events so far this year. His top finish was a third-place at the ACC tournament April 21-23 when he shot a career best eight-under par 208. He also finished ninth at Bulls Bay (March 26-28) and was seventh at Las Vegas (March 10-12).
Poole is second among Clemson golfers in stroke average with a 73.10 figure for his 10 events He leads the team in under-par rounds with 11 and has a #43 national ranking according to the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. The native of Spartanburg, SC won the United States Collegiate at the Golf Club of Georgia April 10-11 with a five-under-par 211 score. He has five top 20 finishes this season, including three in a row entering the NCAA Tournament next week.
Duncan and Poole give Clemson 33 different players who have earned All-ACC honors over the years. They are the 24th and 25th players under Larry Penley to be selected to the team since Penley became the head coach in the fall of 1983. Clemson has now had 53 All-ACC selections in the Penley era.
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