Four Tiger Golfers Earn All-America Honors

June 5, 2000

Clemson, SC–Four Clemson golfers, one at each level of the selection process, earned All-America honors according to the Golf Coaches Association. The announcement was made Monday by the Golf Coaches Association.

It marked the first time since 1993 that Clemson has had as many as four golf All-Americans in the same year. Clemson had five that season. The Tiger program now has had 36 All-Americans under Larry Penley, who took over the Clemson program in 1984.

Leading the way was Lucas Glover, who was chosen first-team All-American. The junior from Greenville, SC set a Clemson record for stroke average in a season with a 71.24 figure this year. He had a team best seven top 10 finishes, including four straight top 10s in the fall. Glover was also named first-team All-ACC this year and was an honorable mention All-American in 1998-99.

John Engler was named to a second team All-American. The junior from Augusta, GA finished the season with a 71.33 stroke average, third best in Clemson history. He shot a four-under-par 284 at the 2,000 NCAAs to finish 24th. Engler set a Clemson record this year for rounds at 75 or better with 38 and his 21 under-par rounds ranked second-best in Clemson history.

Senior Jonathan Byrd was named third-team All-American by the coaches organization. It was the third time Byrd earned All-America honors in his career. The native of Columbia, SC was an honorable mention choice as a sophomore and a first team selection last year. Byrd finished his career as Clemson’s all-time leader in rounds under par (61), rounds at par or better (75), rounds at 75 or better (129) and was tied for first in rounds in the 60s. He had a 71.57 stroke average this year, fourth best in Clemson history.

Freshman D.J. Trahan was chosen to two All-America teams on Monday. The native of Inman, SC was named to the Freshman All-American team and was an honorable mention All-American. Trahan was Clemson’s top performer at the NCAA Tournament with a six under par 282. Trahan was named ACC Rookie of the Year this season and his 72.48 stroke average was the lowest in Clemson history for a freshman. He also established a Clemson record for rounds in the 60s by a freshman.