Sept. 21, 1999
AUBURN, Ala. – Greenville’s Lucas Glover shot a six-under-par 210 to lead Clemson to a second-place team finish among the 18 teams at the Ping-Golfweek Preview at Auburn, AL. The 54-hole event took place at the Grand National Country Club in Auburn, AL. The par 72 course that is 6985 in length is the site of this spring’s NCAA National Championship. The event is considered the top college golf event of the fall season.
Northwestern shot a 282 team round in the third and final round to defeat the Tigers by eight shots. Clemson had a three-stroke lead entering the final round, but fired a 293 team score after rounds of 279 and 284 to open the tournament. Northwestern was led by NCAA Champion Luke Donald, who won the event with a 208 score, including a 67 in the final round.
Clemson had a team score of 856 for the event, seven shots ahead of third place Arizona State. Georgia Tech was fourth with an 864 team score, while defending NCAA Champion Georgia and Oklahoma State were tied for fifth with 868. Houston was seventh at 877, while South Carolina finished eighth with an 881 score.
Glover shot a second round 67, his best round of the year, on the way to his 210 score, good enough for third place individually. Northwestern had the top two finishers individually. After Donald’s 208 score , teammate Jess Daley was second with 209. Glover, a played for Wade Hampton High during his prep career, had rounds os 71-67-72 and was the only Tiger to shoot par or better in every round.
D.J. Trahan and John Engler finished tied for sixth with 214 scores. Trahan had a 68 in the opening round, his first round as a Tiger, while Engler had a 69 in the first round. It was quite a tournament for Trahan, the native of Inman and Dorman High. He finished in the top 10 and shot under par for his first college tournament. Jonathan Byrd, playing in his first college event of the year after competing for the United States team in the Walker Cup, shot a 218 for the 54 holes, good enough for 18th. Freshman Ben Duncan shot 221 and tied for 34th.
Clemson at Ping/Golfweek
Lucas Glover 71-67-72 210 3rdD.J. Trahan 68-72-74 214 6thJohn Engler 69-72-73 214 6thJonathan Byrd 71-73-74 218 18thBen Duncan 73-74-74 221 34thClemson 279-284-293 856 2nd
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