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Four Clemson Men’s Golf Players Earn First-Team All-ACC Honors

May 15, 2000

CLEMSON, S.C. – Clemson senior Jonathan Byrd earned first-team All-ACC honors, one of four Tigers on the first team, according to voting released by the Atlantic Coast Conference office on Thursday. It was the fourth straight year Byrd has been selected. Lucas Glover, John Engler and freshman D.J. Trahan were also selected to the 13-member team. Trahan also earned conference Rookie of the Year honors. It marked the first time in history that Clemson has had four first-team selections.

Byrd joined Georgia Tech senior Matt Kuchar as four-time selections, the fifth and sixth four-time selections in the history of the league. They join David Duval of Georgia Tech, Billy Andrade of Wake Forest, Robert Wrenn of Wake Forest and Gary Hallberg of Wake Forest as the only four-time selections in the history of the conference.

All four of Clemson’s first-team All-ACC selections are ranked in the top 20 in the nation according to the latest MasterCard computer rankings. Clemson is the only school in the nation with four top 20 players, a prime reason Clemson is ranked second in the nation in the team poll. Glover ranks sixth, Engler 12th, Byrd 16th and Trahan 19th in the latest MasterCard poll.

Glover and Engler both made the All-ACC team for the second time. Glover, a native of Greenville, has Clemson’s lowest scoring average at 71.00 heading into next week’s NCAA Regional at Scranton, PA. In fact, that 71.00 would be the lowest in Clemson history if the season ended today.

Engler, a junior from Augusta, GA, has a 71.33 average for the season, a mark that would be third best in Clemson history if the season ended today. Engler was Clemson’s top golfer with a 210 at the ACC Tournament in April, leading Clemson to the championship for the third time in four years.

Byrd, a senior from Columbia, SC, has a 71.40 stroke average for the year, on pace to be the fourth best average in Clemson history. With the announcement on Thursday, he becomes the 14th Clemson athlete in all sports to earn first-team All-ACC honors four times.

Trahan became just the second Clemson freshman to earn first-team All-ACC honors, joining Byrd, who made the team as a rookie in 1997. Trahan has a 71.79 stroke average for the year, on a record pace for a Tiger rookie and fifth best in school history overall. He is currently ranked 19th nationally in the MasterCard computer rankings, first nationally among freshmen and sophomores.

2000 All-ACC Men’s Golf Team

Name School Yr. Hometown
Jonathan Byrd Clemson Sr. Columbia, SC
Lucas Glover Clemson Jr. Greenville, SC
John Engler Clemson Jr. Augusta, GA
D.J. Trahan Clemson Fr. Inman, SC
Matt Kuchar Georgia Tech Sr. Lake Mary, FL
Bryce Molder Georgia Tech Jr. Conway, AR
Max Harris North Carolina Sr. Worthing, England
Carl Pettersson NC State Sr. Greensboro, NC
Keith Unikel Maryland Sr. Potomac, MD
James Driscoll Virginia Sr. Brookline, MA
Matt Krauss Duke So. Dumfries, VA
Chris Mundorf NC State Jr. Greensboro, NC
Brent Wanner Wake Forest Fr. Chatham, MA
Player of the Year Bryce Molder, Georgia Tech
Coach of the Year Richard Sykes, NC State
Rookie of the Year D.J. Trahan, Clemson