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May Finishes Second at Carpet Classic

Nov. 6, 2005

Dalton, GA – David May fired a final round 65 to finish in second place in the individual race and lead Clemson to a sixth place team finish at the Carpet Classic at The Farm in Dalton, GA on Sunday. May was two shots behind Georgia State’s Mark Haastrup, who had an 11-under par 205, including 67s in each of the final two rounds.

Clemson had an 874 team total for the 54-hole event, that included 12 top 25 teams in the 18-team field. Georgia State was the upset champion with an 856 team score, one shot better than Florida. Number-one ranked Georgia was third at 863, followed by second ranked Georgia Tech with an 867 score. Texas Tech was fifth with an 872 score, just shots better than the Tigers.

May’s 65 on Sunday included six birdies, an eagle and one bogey. The eagle took place on the par five 12th hole and it was a big reason the first-year freshman from Auburn, NY had a 32 on the back side. For the tournament, May had 14 birdies, tied for fifth in the field of 90 players. He as four-under-par on the par fours and three-under-par on the par threes for the week.

May’s finish was the best by a Clemson first-year freshman since D.J. Trahan won the Las Vegas Collegiate in 2000. His 65 on Sunday was the second best in Clemson history for a freshman, the best in 20 years. The only round that is better by a Tiger freshman is a 63 by Brad Clark at the 1985 ACC Tournament. The 65 on Sunday was tied for the best by an individual all day. Matt Every of Florida also had a 65.

May finished the event with rounds of 68-74-65 for a 207 total. The 207 score tied the Clemson record for low 54-hole tournament by a Clemson freshman. Michael Hoey shot a 207 as a freshman at the Jerry Pate in the fall of 1998 and D.J. Trahan shot a nine-under 207 at Las Vegas in the spring of 2000.

Brian Duncan continued his solid play and finished tied for 19th with a 219 total. He had consistent rounds of 72-73-74 for his second consecutive top 20 finish. Phillip Mollica a classmate of May, finished with a 75 on Sunday and had a three-day total of 224, good enough for 50th place.

Stephen Poole, Clemson’s top player entering the event, had a 78 on Sunday that included a triple bogey. The native of Spartanburg finished at 226 for the tournament. Senior Martin Catalioto had an 81 on Sunday and concluded with a 233 total for the event.

Clemson at Carpet Classic Nov. 4-6, 2005 Dalton, GA The Farm, Par 72, 7010 yards

David May 68 74 65 -9 207 2nd

Brian Duncan 72 73 74 +4 220 19th

Phillip Mollica 78 71 75 +8 224 50th

Stephen Poole 77 71 78 +10 226 55th

Martin Catalioto 76 76 81 +17 233 76th

Total 293 289 292 +10 874 6th