March 12, 2005
Brent Delahoussaye birdied three of his last six holes to shoot a 73 in the first round of the Las Vegas Intercollegiate in Las Vegas, NV. Delahoussaye was the top Tiger golfer on Friday, the first of three rounds for Larry Penley’s team.
Clemson shot an opening round 300 and stands in 12th place in the 15 team field. All 15 teams in the field are ranked in the top 25 in the nation. Arizona State leads the field after one round with an even par 288 score. UCLA and South Carolina are second at 290. Some of the top ranked teams in the nation struggled on Friday. Georgia and Florida, both ranked in the top five in the nation, each shot 296, just four shots ahead of Clemson, while Georgia Tech, ranked second in the nation, fired a 297. Texas, ranked in the top 10, is 13th at 301.
Clemson could have scored much lower, but like the last round in Puerto Rico two weeks back, the Tigers struggled down the stetch. Junior Stephen Poole shot a 78, but was even par through 14 holes. He had a triple bogey and three bogeys over his last four holes. Brian Duncan shot a 42 on the back after a 36 on the front. Delahoussaye had nines of 39-34 as he birdied three of the last five.
Jack Ferguson was second among Clemson golfers with a 74 after nine hole scores of 35-39. Martin Catalioto showed improvement on the day from the front to the back as he had nine hole scores of 40-35. His back nine included an eagle on the par five 13th, the only eagle of the day by a Clemson golfer.
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