Oct. 3, 1999
Dalton, GA – Classmates Lucas Glover and John Engler both had top five individual finishes, leading Clemson to a second place team finish at the Carpet Capital Classic in Dalton, GA. Glover finished fourth and Engler fifth at the 54-hole event that concluded on Sunday. It was played at The Farm, a par 72 and 6,906 yard layout.
Georgia Tech won the tournament with an 850 team score, 12 shots better than the 862 turned in by Clemson and Florida. Houston, who shot a 283 on Sunday, finished fourth with an 864 score, even par. Auburn, the host for this year’s NCAA Tournament in June, was fifth with an 872 team score.
UCLA was sixth (874), Wake Forest was seventh (874) and Virginia, also of the ACC, was eighth (881). Georgia, the defending NCAA champion, was ninth at 884, while NC State was 10th with 886. South Carolina was 11th, followed by North Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi State and East Tennessee State.
Bryce Molder of Georgia Tech won the tournament for the second time in three years. Two years ago he was co-medalist with Clemson’s Lucas Glover. He had three straight rounds of 68 to win the medialist honors this year by four shots over Alex Rocha of Mississippi State. Roland Thatcher of Auburn was third with a 210, while Glover was fourth at 211. Engler was tied for fifth with Chris Morris of Houston and Mike Mitchell of Virginia at 212.
Jonathan Byrd, Clemson’s only senior in the lineup, shot a final round 72 and finished 21st with a 217 total. D.J. Trahan shot a 76 on Sunday and finished at 224, good enough for 41st. Junior Brennen King, playing in his first tournament of the year and second of his Clemson career, shot a 75 on Sunday and his 232 total was 66th. Despite his 66th place finish, two of King’s three rounds counted in the tournament toward the team score.
Clemson, now 10-under-par for its last two events, will next be in action at the Jerry Pate Intercollegiate in Birmingham, October 18-19. Clemson is the defending champion.
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