June 12, 2006
Clemson, SC– Brian Duncan and Stephen Poole, senior leaders of Clemson’s 2006 men’s golf team, have been named Honorable Mention All-Americans by the Golf Coaches Association. It is the first selection for both players, who graduated from Clemson on May 12 and then led the Tigers to a seventh-place finish at the National Tournament in Oregon.
Poole led the 2005-06 Clemson team in stroke average with a 73.08 figure and in under-par rounds with 13. He won the United States Collegiate Tournament in April, leading the Tigers to the team championship. He also finished 12th at the ACC Tournament in April. The native of Spartanburg, SC finished his career with a 73.68 career average for his 82 rounds as a Tiger and had five top 10 finishes.
Duncan finished the year with a 73.15 stroke average, a close second to Poole’s figure. The native of Greenville, SC was Clemson’s most consistent player all year and recorded eight top 20 finishes, including a third-place at the ACC Tournament in April. He and Poole both shot a 290 score for four rounds at the NCAA national tournament in Oregon to finish 32nd.
Duncan was Clemson’s highest rated golfer for the year with a #27 final ranking in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. For his career he had a 73.94 stroke average for 95 rounds. He played in two tournaments on Clemson’s 2003 National Championship team. Duncan had four career top 10 finishes.
Poole and Duncan are the 47th and 48th All-America selections under Head Coach Larry Penley, who began his tenure at Clemson in 1983.
Duncan and Poole were also named to the Ping Golf Coaches Association All-South Region team. They were joined on the team by freshman Vince Hatfield. There were 17 golfers named to the team and 12 were from the ACC. Clemson and Georgia Tech were the only two schools with three players on the All-Region team.
Hatfield was third on Clemson’s scoring average list this year with a 73.55 figure. His scoring average tied for the fifth best in Clemson history among freshmen. The native of Greenwood, SC was Clemson’s top golfer at the NCAA Central Regional in Cleveland where he had three consecutive rounds of 72 to finish 12th in the field. He shot 75 or better in each of his last 17 rounds of the season.
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