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Men’s Golf Tied for Fourth at NCAA Golf Championships

June 4, 1999

Jonathan Byrd and Lucas Glover are both within six shots of the individual lead, while the Clemson team is just 11 shots from the team lead heading into the final round of the NCAA men’s golf championships at Hazeltine Country Club in Chaska, MN.

Clemson has a score of 29 over par after 54 holes, tied for fourth with Brigham Young. Oklahoma State, who shot the best team round of the tournament with a 285 on Friday, is in first place at +18 (882). Georgia, who had a 290 on Friday, is second at +23 (887). Northwestern, the only team in the tournament to score under 300 in every round, is third at +28 (892).

Byrd and Glover continued their consistent play on Friday. Byrd had his third straight 73, while Glover had a two-over par 74. The native of Greenville has had rounds of 72-73-74 so far in the tournament. Both stand at 219 after 54 holes, tied for sixth in the field and just six shots behind leader Luke Donald of Northwestern.

Troy Kelly of Washington shot a 70 on Friday and stands at even par 216. He and Donald are the only golfers in the original 154-man field at even par or better.

Byrd and Glover did not get much help on Friday. Jani Saari, who was just four over par for the first 36 holes, shot a five-over 77 on Friday and is at +9 for the event, 225. Still, a 27th place ranking after 54 holes for Clemson’s number-five man is outstanding.

John Engler continued to struggle on Friday. For the second straight day he was five over par after five holes. This time a triple bogey eight on the par five third hole got his round off to a bad start. He finished with bogies in three of his final four holes. Engler is 16 over par for the tournament and stands 63rd. He entered the event one under par for 36 rounds of golf this year. He is now 20 over for his last 45 holes.

Freshman Michael Hoey shot an 80 and is at 239, tied for 75th.

Clemson had the lead entering the third round, by one shot over BYU. The Tigers had a seven shot lead on Oklahoma State when the day started, but that quickly evaporated. Clemson played the first three holes seven over par, while Oklahoma State played the first six seven-under. It took just one hour of play for the Cowboys, winners of two national championships in the 1990s, to take the lead.

After the Tigers were seven over the first three holes, they settled down over the next 11. Clemson played that spurt in just one over par, then struggled down the stretch. The team was seven over for the final four holes. That included a double bogey by Bird on the 17th hole and a bogey by Glover on 18.

“We played poorly today,” said Head Coach Larry Penley. “We needed to get some hole for Lucas and Jonathan, they played well overall, except for a couple of boo-boos coming in. We need the guys in the 5-4-3 spots to step up. We needed them today to stay close to Oklahoma State.

“My hat goes off to Oklahoma State and Georgia today, they played well the entire day. They got off to a fast start and kept it going.

“We got to eight over in a hurry, then held it there for a while and I thought we might end the day just a few shots off the lead. But, we struggled on the 15th holes. We played 16 well, even par, and that has been a problem for most teams. The 17th hole got us. Jonathan hit the ball too low and it went over the green into the rough. He took two shots in the rough.

“Finishing like we did today leaves a bad taste in your mouth. But we are not out of it. We will have to have everyone playing well to beat Oklahoma State. They seem to be the only two who can beat this course. They won the Preview in the fall here and now they have the lead after 54 holes.”

Byrd was one-under par for his round coming to the 17th hole and had a chance to break par on the Hazeltine Course. “I really wanted to beat the course,” said Bird. “That was certainly a goal today and the double-bogey on 17 ended that. I hit one club too many because of the wind. I hit a four iron and hooked it too much. Then I tried to flop it out of the rough and didn’t get it. I should have just chipped on to within 15 feet and been satisfied with bogey.” It was Byrd’s first double bogey in 52 holes of the tournament.

Clemson was 15 over par on Friday after shooting 14 over for the first two days. Clemson had scored a 297 on Thursday, the best round of the day. Now, Clemson is 11 shots out of the lead heading into the final day, virtually the same position they were in last year. UNLV had a 10-shot lead heading into the final round before defeating the Tigers by three shots.

NCAA Men’s Golf Championship

Chaska, Minn. Hazeltine National Golf Club Par 72 7,196 YardsThrough 54 of 72 holes

TEAM SCORES (Par 864 for 54 holes)

 1. Oklahoma State      289-308-285--882 (+18) 2. Georgia             292-305-290--887 (+23) 3. Northwestern        296-299-297--892 (+28) 4. Clemson             293-299-301--891 (+29)    Brigham Young       293-298-302--893 (+29) 6. UNLV                295-298-306--899 (+35)    North Carolina      294-307-299--899 (+35)    Houston             297-305-297--899 (+35)    Washington          307-301-291--899 (+35)10. Arizona State       297-307-296--900 (+36)11. Florida             297-311-298--906 (+42)12. Nebraska            301-305-304--910 (+46)13. Minnesota           303-305-303--911 (+47)14. Illinois            303-305-304--912 (+48)15. East Tennessee St.  298-306-317--921 (+57) 

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (Par 216 for 54 holes)

1. Luke Donald, Northwestern          73-68-72--213 (-3)2. Troy Kelly, Washington             75-71-70--216 (Even)3. Max Harris, North Carolina         70-75-72--217 (+1)4. Paul Casey, Arizona State          72-77-69--218 (+2)   Charles Howell, Oklahoma State     71-77-70--218 (+2)   Derek Gillespie, Arizona           72-71-76--219 (+3)   Jonathan Byrd, Clemson             73-73-73--219 (+3)   Lucas Glover, Clemson              72-73-74--219 (+3).     

The following teams did not make the second-round cut:

T 16 Toledo, U. of            308  305    613   +37T 16 California, U. of        307  306    613   +37T 18 Duke University          311  303    614   +38T 18 Oregon, U. of            300  314    614   +38T 20 South Carolina           308  307    615   +39T 20 Arizona, U. of           303  312    615   +39  22 Kansas, U. of            305  311    616   +40  23 Colorado, U. of          315  302    617   +41T 24 Mississippi, U. of       299  319    618   +42T 24 Arkansas, U. of          298  320    618   +42T 24 Colorado State Univ.     309  309    618   +42  27 Augusta State U.         307  318    625   +49  28 Georgia Tech             314  312    626   +50  29 San Diego State U.       308  320    628   +52  30 Richmond, Univ. of       318  324    642   +66