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Second-Ranked Golf Opens Spring Season Sunday

Second-Ranked Golf Opens Spring Season Sunday

Feb. 6, 2004

The Clemson Golf Team will open its spring schedule February 8-10 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. The University of North Florida will be the host of the three-day 54-hole event at Sawgrass Country Club.

This year’s field includes the top three teams in the Sagarin/ Golfweek rankings at the beginning of the spring season: Florida, Clemson, and Georgia. Nine of the top 25 teams in the country are scheduled to play the event.

With Clemson having a strong fall season, including five top five finishes headed by a second place finish at The Farm, in Dalton, GA, the Tigers will be looking for their first win of the year. Clemson played in the event for the first time in 2003 finishing in second place behind Augusta State.

Sawgrass Country Club is a 6,985-yard Par 72 layout with water on 14 of the 18 holes. The course will require length off the tee as well as accurate approach shots into well-bunkered greens. Sawgrass gained its reputation as home of the PGA Tour’s Tournament Players Championship from 1977-’81.

Seniors, Matt Hendrix and Gregg Jones will lead the Tigers at this year’s Mercedes -Benz Collegiate Championship. Junior Jack Ferguson will round off this trio of returning All Americans for the Tiger Golf Team. Hendrix had a 70.00 stroke average for the fall, placing third in the Carpet Capital Collegiate Championship in Dalton, GA. Jones had a 71.18 stroke average for the fall with his best finish being a fifth at the Fall Preview. Ferguson is coming off a solid fall season with a 70.91 stroke average with his best showing at the Carpet Capital Collegiate finishing fifth.

Junior Brent Dealahoussaye and sophomore Brian Duncan will complete the five- man team this weekend. Delahoussaye had a 72.64 stroke average for the fall with a top ten finish at the Preview. Duncan had a 73.75 stroke average for the fall season.

Former Clemson All-American D.J. Trahan is the defending individual champion at the event. Trahan is playing his first event on the Nationwide Tour this weekend in Panama.