June 14, 2001
Myrtle Beach, S.C. – Clemson red-shirt freshman Jack Ferguson, fired a three-under par 69 in wet and windy conditions to lead by one-stroke over 1999 S.C. Amateur Match Play champion, Robert Godfrey after the first round of the 29th South Carolina Amateur Match Play Championship of the Carolinas Golf Association hosted by Kings North at Myrtle Beach National in Myrtle Beach.
Ferguson, a redshirt freshman at Clemson University, made six birdies and three bogeys in today’s round. He came out firing with birdies at each of his first three holes. The lone bogey on his front-nine was at the infamous par-five sixth hole named the “Gambler” because of its two fairways, one of which is an island that leaves players a shorter approach to the putting green. He then bounced back with birdies at holes nine and ten. Bogeys at holes eleven and thirteen brought Ferguson back to two-under par but a final birdie at hole fifteen combined with pars on his final three holes gave him a three-under par total.
“Redshirting last year really gave me a chance to work on my swing,” stated Ferguson. “I am ready to play in tournaments this summer”. Clemson University finished second in the year’s NCAA golf championship.
After tomorrow’s final qualifying round, the field will be cut to the low 31 scorers for match play. Defending champion, Gregg Jones, another Clemson golfer is in the field and will be seeded number one for match play that will begin Friday morning at Myrtle Beach National.
This championship is conducted by the Carolinas Golf Association.
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