June 1, 2000
Opelika, AL-Clemson’s 287 team score and 578 total after two days was in fact good enough to make the cut after two rounds of the NCAA men’s golf tournament at Grand National Country Club in Opelika, AL.
It marked the fifth straight year that Clemson has made the cut for the final two rounds of the NCAA Tournament. The field is cut from 30 teams to 15 after two rounds. This guarantees that Clemson will rank in the top 15 for the fifth straight year and the 10th time in the last 12 years.
Clemson ranks in a tie for ninth after two days, two over par.
Clemson now hopes to finish in the top 10 for the fourth straight year. That would be the first time since the 1972-79 era that Clemson has had a team finish in the top 10 in the nation four straight years. Clemson’s soccer program under Dr. I.M. Ibrahim did that for that eight year period in the 1970s.
Of course the Tigers have higher aspirations than just the top 10. Clemson is +2 vs. par after two rounds. The Tigers are just five strokes out of sixth place. A national championship would be hard to achieve. Oklahoma State is currently 19 under par, 21 strokes ahead of the Tigers. Texas is second at 18 under and Georgia Tech is third at 14 under.
“We are happy to make the cut,” said Clemson Head Coach Larry Penley. “We had some anxious moments this afternoon, but it is a relief. I still think we can make a run. We are capable of a 15 under par round, that is what it will take to get back in the thick of it.”
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