June 13, 2004
Clemson, SC – Clemson rising senior and two-time All-American Jack Ferguson won the Sunnehanna Amateur in Johnstown, PA on Sunday. The native of Seneca, SC had rounds of 68-67-68 for a seven-under par 203 total on the par 70 Sunnehanna Country Club Course.
Ferguson, who was a second-team All-American for the Tigers this past season, became the fourth straight Sunnehanna Amateur champion with ties to Clemson. Lucas Glover won the event in the June of 2001, the summer after his senior year at Clemson. Dillard Pruitt, who also won the event in 1983 the summer prior to his senior year at Clemson, won the Sunnehanna in 2002. Last year, Matt Hendrix, a senior on the 2004 Clemson team, won the tournament.
‘I knew Clemson players had won the Sunnehanna the previous three years,” said Ferguson who was presented with the champions green jacket at the awards ceremony. “I wanted to keep the streak going and it was a motivating factor.” It was a major amateur victory for Ferguson, who will represent the United States later this summer at the Palmer Cup in Ireland. That team will be coached by Clemson mentor Larry Penley.
Ferguson shot rounds of 68-67 in playing 36 holes on Saturday. The event is normally a 72 hole event, but the rounds were rained out on Friday. It was just the second time in 51 years of the tournament that it did not go the full 72 holes.
Ferguson was tied with Justin Smith entering the final round, but Smith got off to a rough start, scoring a bogey on each of his first three holes. “I played pretty consistently. I made an eagle on the 11th hole (a par five) and that was big.” Ferguson won by two shots over Matt Rosenfeld of Plano, TX, a member of the University of Texas golf team. Brent Delahoussaye, another rising senior on the Clemson golf team in 2004-05, finished 11th with rounds of 72-72-70 for a 214 total.
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