June 13, 2001
Clemson, S.C. – D.J. Trahan, Clemson’s top performer at the NCAA national tournament each of the last two years, has been named to the United States Walker Cup team. Trahan, a rising junior at Clemson, is one of seven team members who were named on Tuesday. Three more team members will be named in July.
The Walker Cup is a Ryder Cup format tournament between amateurs from the United States and Great Britain/Ireland. The competition will be held August 11-12 at Ocean Forest Golf Club in Sea Island, GA.
Trahan was he United States Public Links Champion in 2000 and competed in the 2001 Masters. This past year he helped the Tigers to a second place finish at the NCAA Tournament as he fired a five-under-par 283 at the event to finish seventh.
Also chosen for the team on Tuesday were Bryce Molder, the college player of the year and a four-time All-American from Georgia Tech, and Jeff Quinney the 2000 US Amateur Champion and a recent graduate of Arizona State. John Harris, a 48-year-old amateur who has a 6-0 singles record in Walker Cup play, will also be on the team. Other team members selected are James Driscoll, a former University of Virginia player who was the US Amateur runnerup in 2000, David Eger, 49, a two-time Walker Cup selection, and Danny Green, 44, the 1999 United States Mid-Amateur Champion.
This will be the third straight Walker Cup with a Clemson representation. Jonathan Byrd, now on the Buy.com Tour, was on the 1999 United States team, while former Tiger Richard Coughlan, now on the PGA tour, was a competitor for the Great Britain/Ireland team in 1997. Kevin Johnson, another former Tiger currently on the PGA Tour, played for the United States in the 1989 Walker Cup.
As many as three other former Clemson golfers could play in the 2001Walker Cup. Lucas Glover and John Engler are candidates for two of the three remaining spots on the US team, while Michael Hoey is a virtual lock for the Great Britain/Ireland team. Hoey, who played at Clemson from 1998-99, won the British Amateur this past weekend.
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