Nov. 5, 1999
HILTON HEAD, S.C. — Lucas Glover tied his career best round with a six-under-par 66 to lead Clemson to a ninth-place ranking after the first round of the Golf World/Palmetto Dunes Intercollegiate at the Arthur Hills Course at Palmetto Dunes on Hilton Head Island, SC.
Clemson shot a four-under par 284 as a team, but 15 of the 18 teams in the field bettered the 288 even par figure on the par 72, 6651-yard layout. Texas leads the way with a 272, 16-under-par. South Carolina is second at 10-under par 278, while defending NCAA Champion Georgia is third at 279. North Carolina is fourth at 280 and Georgia Tech is fifth at 281.
While Clemson ranks ninth after the first day of the 54-hole event that will conclude on Sunday, the Tigers are just six shots out of second. Clemson has finished first or second in each of its last three tournaments, including a team victory at the Jerry Pate Intercollegiate.
Glover had nine-hole scores of 33 and 33 in matching his career best round. He is just one shot back of Rob Simmons of North Carolina, who shot a 65. Glover is tied for second with Erik Compton of Georgia and Eric Ecker of South Carolina. David Gossett, playing in his first tournament of the year for Texas, joined teammate Russell Surber at 67 to lead the Longhorns, who had four different players shoot in the 60s.
Clemson’s second best golfer on the first day was John Engler, who shot a one-under-par 71. He was one of 38 golfers in the 90-player field who broke par on Friday. Senior Jonathan Byrd shot a 73, while junior Jani Saari had a 74. Freshman D.J. Trahan shot a 75.
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