May 16, 1998
DAUFUSKIE ISLAND, S.C.–Freshmen Lucas Glover (Greenville, SC) and John Engler (Augusta, GA) shot final round 70s leading Clemson to a second-place finish at the NCAA East Regional at the Melrose Course at Daufuskie Island, SC.
Clemson finished second to Georgia Tech by nine strokes, but the Tigers did qualify for the NCAA National Tournament for the 17th straight year, the 15th straight under Head Coach Larry Penley. Only Oklahoma State has a longer streak of consecutive years in the national tournament than Clemson.
Clemson will compete in the NCAA National Tournament at Albuquerque, NM May 27-30th. Clemson finished third at that event last year, tying a Clemson record for the highest finish in history.
Tech shot 276 on Saturday to finish at 835 as a team. Clemson had a second straight 282 and finished at 844 for the event, the third lowest team score for a 54-hole event in Clemson history. Clemson set the school record with an 836 at the ACC Tournament in April.
Auburn, who defeated Clemson at the regional last year, finished third at the East Regional with 847, while Georgia was fourth at 853. Florida finished fifth at 856 and North Carolina was sixth at 862.
Clemson had four golfers under par on Saturday and four players under par for the tournament overall. In addition to the 70s by Glover and Engler, seniors Joey Maxon and Charles Warren had 71s. For the three days, all four of those golfers finished under par, the first time since the 1992 ACC Tournament and just the third time in school history that Clemson had four players shoot under par for a 54-hole event,
Clemson had team rounds of 280-282-282, meaning Clemson was under par in all three rounds. It was the second time this year, but just the seventh time in Clemson history that the Tigers had under-par team rounds in all three rounds of a tournament. Clemson also turned the trick at the ACC Tournament this year. The -20 team score was the fourth lowest score versus par in Clemson golf history.
Joey Maxon was Clemson’s top finisher in the indivdual competition for the tournament. He had rounds of 68-70-71 and his 209 score was good enough for fourth. It was the lowest tournament of Maxon’s four-year career by four strokes. His seven-under-par for the tournament was also a career best. It was the fourth straight tournament that the All-ACC golfer had finished at par or better.
Charles Warren finished with a 211 score for the event, five-under-par. He shot a 71 on Saturday, giving him a school record nine straight rounds at par or better dating to the BELLSOUTH tournament ain April. Warren is 18-under-par for his last nine rounds.
Freshmen Lucas Glover and John Engler both shots 70s on Saturday and both finished at 213. Glover had rounds at par or better in all three rounds, the first time he has done that this year. Engler’s 70 on Saturday gave him under par rounds in five of his last six rounds and he is now 10-under-par for his last six rounds.
All-ACC golfer Jonathan Byrd had a 74 on Saturday and finished at 220 for the event, four-over-par. It was just the second time in his last six tournaments that he did not finish in the top 10 of a tournament.
Clemson at NCAA East Regional
Joey Maxon 68-70-71 209 -7 Charles Warren 71-69-71 211 -5 Lucas Glover 72-71-70 213 -3 John Engler 69-74-70 213 -3 Jonathan Byrd 74-72-74 220 +4 Team 280-282-282 844 -20
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