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Golf to Compete in Southern Highlands Championship this Weekend

Golf to Compete in Southern Highlands Championship this Weekend

March 10, 2005

Clemson’s golf team will travel to Las Vegas, NV to compete in the 2005 Southern Highlands Championship from March 11-13. The Tigers, who finished third in the event last season, are coming off a ninth-place finish at the spring-opening Puerto Rico Classic. Clemson will be one of 15 nationally-ranked teams to compete at the par 72, 7,510-yard Southern Highlands Golf Club.

Last season, Clemson finished third in this event thanks to top 11 finishes by Matt Hendrix and Jack Ferguson. Hendrix finished at six-under par with a 210, while Ferguson totaled 212 and a four-under par effort. Arizona State won the team title in 2004 with a 848 score, 16-under par. Camilo Villegas of Florida claimed medalist honors after firing three rounds in the 60s and finishing with a 205.

The Tigers will take the same five golfers to Las Vegas that competed for Jack Ferguson is Clemson’s highest ranked player at #50 overall, while Brian Duncan (#64) and Brent Delahoussaye (#76) are also ranked. Clemson is 19th in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin team rankings.

Ferguson leads the team with a 72.72 stroke average and two top 10 finishes, both of which came during the fall season. Ferguson shot a 218 and finished 26th overall at the Puerto Rico Classic last time out. Delahoussaye was Clemson’s top performer at the Puerto Rico event with a 21st-place finish. He shot one-over par and has a 73.22 stroke average for the 2004-05 season. Delahoussaye shot eight-over par in last year’s Las Vegas event.

Duncan sits second on the team with a 73.06 stroke average. He has three finishes inside the top 11 to his credit, including a third-place finish to open the fall season at the Ridges. Duncan played in the 2004 Southern Highlands Championship and finished with a 223 score (+7).

The final two golfers who will compete for Clemson are Martin Catalioto and Stephen Poole. The two have stroke averages of 75.17 and 75.28, respectively. Catalioto has played in four tournaments, while Poole has seen action in all six for the Tigers. Catalioto has a pair of rounds in the 60s to his credit.

The 14 teams making up the rest of the 2005 field are Arizona State, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, New Mexico, Oklahoma State, South Carolina, TCU, Texas, UCLA, UNLV, Wake Forest, and Washington.