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James, Ben Duncan and Brian Duncan Qualify for Match Play

June 20, 2002

Clemson, SC – Three members of Clemson’s third ranked 2002 men’s golf team are among the final 32 competitors in the South Carolina Amateur Match Play Championship. The field played 36 holes over the last two days with the top 32 players moving on to the match play portion, which gets underway on Friday at the Country Club of Spartanburg.

The top Clemson qualifier was 2002 senior Tripp James, who is playing the event on his home course. The Clemson graduate had rounds of 68 and 71 in scoring a 139, tied for fourth among the competitors. James qualified for the match play portion last year.

The Duncan brothers, Brian and Ben, both qualified for the match play portion. Brian Duncan, who will be a red-shirt freshman at Clemson next year, had rounds of 71 and 71 and his 144 total tied for 15th. His brother Ben, who will be a senior at Clemson next year, had rounds of 76 and 70 to get into a playoff for the last position. Eleven players fought for six spots at 146.

Also among the qualifiers was Mickey Plyler, a former Clemson student, who did not play on the Clemson golf team during his undergraduate career (1985-89). He fired a 68 on Thursday to make the cut by a shot.

Final qualifying round results of the 30th South Carolina Amateur Match Play Championship of the Carolinas Golf Association hosted by the Country Club of Spartanburg in Spartanburg on Thursday, June 20.

*Emmett Turner, Greenwood               67-70--137Robert Godfrey, Clemson         67-70--137Jake Thompson, Greenville               66-72--138Taylor Hough, Spartanburg               69-70--139Tripp James, Spartanburg                68-71--139Matt Dura, Sumter                       66-75--141Scott Usher, Bennettsville              71-71--142Walter Todd, Laurens            71-71--142Scott Feaster, Columbia         75-67--142Nick Biershenk, Boiling Springs 69-73--142Brent Delahoussaye, Greer               74-68--142Barrett Wood, Simpsonville              73-70--143Daniel Felder, Orangeburg               70-73--143Patrick Smith, Florence         72-71--143Jon Stephenson, Columbia                71-73--144Brian Duncan, Greenville                73-71--144Alex Hamilton, Aiken            70-74--144Kyle Owings, Pauline            73-71--144Ken Murray, Pendleton           71-73--144Mike Gravley, Simpsonville              70-74--144Ryan Castle, Summerville                71-73--144Lewis White Sr., Spartanburg    71-74--145Gus Sylvan, Columbia            76-69--145Mickey Plyler, Greer            77-68--145Tanner Ervin, Mt. Pleasant              70-75--145Dale Ketola, Greenwood          72-73--145**Matt O'Quinn, Beaufort                71-75--146**Michael Maness, Galivants Ferry       77-69--146**Ben Duncan, Greenville                76-70--146**Tucker Ervin, Mt. Pleasant    71-75--146**Jason Huguet, Greer           71-75--146**Lanny Correll, Jr., Columbia  71-75--146