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Tiger Golfers One Shot Out Of Lead Through 2 Rounds

Feb. 26, 2001

Palmer, PR – Clemson senior Lucas Glover fired his second consecutive under-par round and holds the second-round lead at the Puerto Rico Classic at the Rio Mar Country Club in Palmer, Puerto Rico. Glover has a 138 score after 36 holes, good enough for a four-shot lead on the par 72 course that is 6945 yards in length.

Clemson as a team held the lead after the first round with a 289 score. The Tigers dropped to 291 on Monday and their 580 team score is now third, but just one shot out of first. Georgia and Georgia Tech are tied for the lead with 579 team scores, three-over par. Clemson is next at 580, five shots ahead of fourth-place Minnesota. Oklahoma is fifth at 590, while Colorado is sixth at 592.

Glover fired a 70 on Monday to go with a 68 on Sunday and his six-under-par score is four shots better than Bryce Molder of Georgia Tech and Ryan Hybl of Georgia. Molder and Glover are the only golfers in the field to register under-par scores in each of the first two rounds. Glover’s score could have been lower, as the native of Greenville had six birdies and an eagle.

Glover is trying to be the third Tiger in the last five years to win medalist honors. John Engler won the event in 1999, while Jonathan Byrd won in 1997.

D.J. Trahan also fired a 70 on Monday to support Glover. The Clemson sophomore, who will play in the Masters in April, was eight shots better than his opening round, and he jumped 26 spots in the standings to 23rd place.

John Engler had his second straight 73 and his 146 score is tied for 12th with, among others Luke Donald, of Northwestern. Senior Jani Saari shot a 78 on Monday, while freshman Gregg Jones shot an 80. Both are tied for 47th individually heading into the final round.

Team Scores After 2 Rounds

1. Georgia 293-286 579
Georgia Tech 296-283 579
3. Clemson 289-291 580
4. Minnesota 296-289 585
5. Oklahoma 301-289 590
6. Colorado 294-298 592
7. Texas A&M 299-294 593
8. Duke 298-297 595
9. NC State 307-293 600
East Tennessee State 301-299 600
Northwestern 299-301 600
12. Virginia 299-305 604
13. Kent State 309-298 607
14. Wake Forest 307-303 610
15. Purdue 318-310 628

Clemson Individuals

1. Lucas Glover 68-70 138
12 John Engler 73-73 146
23. D.J. Trahan 78-70 148
47. Gregg Jones 73-80 153
47. Jani Saari 75-78 153