April 9, 2000
Los Cabos, Mex. – Lucas Glover tied his career best round with a six-under-par 66, leading Clemson to a second-place finish at the Compaq US Collegiate at Eldorado Country Club in Los Cabos, Mexico. The tournament, which was televised by ESPN-2 on Sunday, featured 10 of the top 15 teams in the nation.
Glover finished the tournament with a 208 score for the 54 holes, good enough for fourth place. Jonathan Byrd helped the cause with three straight rounds under par and became Clemson’s career leader in rounds at par or better in the process. Byrd finished fifth. Edward Loar of Oklahoma State won the event with a 203 score. Clemson finished with an 852 score as a team, second to Georgia Tech’s 838.
Oklahoma State was third at 855, while Houston was fourth at 861. Defending NCAA Champion Georgia was fifth at 862, while Florida, who had a 22-stroke lead over Clemson after the first day, shot a 303 on Sunday and finished at 867, 15 shots behind the Tigers.
Northwestern, ranked third in the nation entering the event, finished in a tie for seventh with Arizona at 870. UNLV was ninth at 874 and perennial national power Arizona State was 10th at 890, 38 shots behind the Tigers. TCU and Kent tied for 11th at 903.
It was another strong performance for Clemson, the eighth straight tournament in which Clemson has finished under-par as a team. That is the longest streak by a Clemson team in history.
Glover’s 208 score was his best of the spring and he now has seven straight rounds at par or better and two straight top five finishes. Jonathan Byrd shot a 70 on Sunday and finished at 209, good enough for fifth place. Byrd, a first-team All-American from Columbia, has seven straight rounds under par and is -16 for his last three events. With his 70 on Sunday, he broke the Clemson record for rounds at par or better in a career. He now has 71, one better than Chris Patton had between 1986-90.
John Engler, a junior from Augusta, GA, shot an even par 72 on Sunday and finished 13th at 214. Freshman D.J. Trahan shot a 74 on Sunday and finished 41st with a 225 score, while freshman Ben Duncan had a 73 on Sunday and finished at 229. Duncan was last among the Tiger competitors, but his score counted two of the three days.
Clemson will next be in action in two weeks when it competes in the ACC Tournament at Uwharrie Point, NC at the Old North State Club.
Clemson at US Collegiate Eldorado Country Club Los Cabos, Mexico
Lucas Glover 72 70 66 208 4thJonathan Byrd 71 68 70 209 5thJohn Engler 74 68 72 214 13thD.J. Trahan 79 72 74 225 41stBen Duncan 76 80 73 229 48thClemson 293 278 281 852 2nd
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