Aug. 22, 2001
Clemson, SC – D.J. Trahan and John Engler both advanced in US Amateur championships, while former Clemson All-American Lucas Glover and sophomore Matt Hendrix were defeated in the first round of match play on Wednesday. Trahan and Engler will both play matches against formidable foes on Thursday morning.
Both players are tying to become the first golfer with Clemson ties to win the US Amateur since Chris Patton took the championship in 1989. The winner receives an invitation to the Masters, US Open and British Open in 2002.
Trahan downed Scott Wingfield 4 & 2. The Tigers junior closed out the match with a birdie on the 16th hole. The match between the Clemson junior and the senior from UNLV was all square through 11 holes, then Trahan won the 12th, 13th, 15th and 16th holes. He won all four holes with par fours.
Trahan now will meet Jeff Quinney in the round of 32 on Thursday morning. That will be one of the feature matches of the day as Trahan won the 2000 United States Public Links Championship and Quinney, who just completed his college career at Arizona State, is the defending US Amateur Champion.
Engler defeated Alan Morgan, on the 19th hole. The three-time Clemson All-American who received his degree May 11 was three up with four to play. But, the native of Augusta, GA three putted from just 20 feet on 17 to lose the hole with a bogey, then hit a wayward tee shot on the 18th and lost the hole. But, Engler won the 19th hole to move on to the round of 32 for the first time in his career. Engler will face Kris Mikkelsen, a member of the Georgia Tech golf team, on Thursday morning.
Glover and Chris Nallen, a member of the University of Arizona team, battled on even terms most of the day. No player had a two-hole lead at any point in the match. Glover was one down playing the 17th, but he put his tee shot to within 15 feet, then made the putt to tie the match. The two players played on even terms on 18, then the first extra hole. Glover’s tee shot on the 20th hole, a 176-yard par three, was short. He failed to get up and down and Nallen had the victory.
Matt Hendrix lost his first-round match earlier in the day. The rising sophomore lost to Billy Harvey 3 & 1. It was a difficult loss for Hendrix, who won the first four holes of the match.
Match Play Summary for Clemson Players on Wednesday at 2001 US Amateur
Matt Hendrix lost to Billy Harvey 3 & 1 D.J. Trahan defeated Scott Wingfield, 4 & 2 John Engler defeated Alan Morgan, 19 holes Lucas Glover lost to Chris Nallen, 20 holes
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