July 1, 2008
Clemson, SC – Four members of the 2008-09 Clemson golf team have advanced to the match play portion of the 2008 North-South Amateur at Pinehurst Golf Club in North Carolina. Three student-athletes advanced through stroke play, while Phillip Mollica, the defending champion, was exempted directly into the match play championship.
Rising senior David May had the top qualifying score among Clemson golfers with a 143 total for the 36 holes. He shot a 70 on Pinehurst #4 on Monday and had a 73 on Pinehurst #2 on Tuesday. Incoming freshman Jacob Burger had a 144 for the two days. The newcomer from Orangeburg, SC had a sparkling 71 on Pinehurst #2 on Monday, tied for the fifth best score on #2 that day, then had a 73 on Tuesday on Pinehurst #4.
Kyle Stanley, making his first tournament appearance since playing in the US Open three weeks ago, had a 71 on Pinehurst #4 on Monday, then had a 75 on Pinehurst #2 on Tuesday.
Mollica won the event last year when he defeated six consecutive opponents in Match play to claim the championship. He is the only golfer with Clemson ties the win the event that has a list of former champions that includes Jack Nicklaus and Curtis Strange.
Current Clemson golfer Luke Hopkins and assistant coach Jordan Byrd missed the cut by two shots. Both had 148 scores for he 36 holes. The match play portion of the championship will run from Wednesday through Sunday with all matches held on the famed Pinehurst #2 course.
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