Clemson, SC-Clemson overcame a 10-stroke deficit to the University of
Florida early in the final round and went on to win the Carpet
Classic in Dalton, GA on Sunday. Ben Duncan, Gregg Jones and D.J.
Trahan all recorded rounds of 70 or better in leading Clemson to a
two-stroke victory over a hard charging Augusta State team.
The victory was the 50th tournament championship in Larry
Penley's career as Clemson head coach. Clemson has now won each of
its first two tournaments this year, the first time in history
Clemson has won each of its first two events. It is the first time
since the 1999-00 season that Clemson has won consecutive tournaments
at any time in a season. It was the fourth time Clemson has won the
Carpet Classic, all under Penley.
Clemson finished with a team total of 850 for the three days,
14 under par. Clemson shot a 281 as a team on Sunday to capture the
event, the sixth straight under-par team round for Penley's Tigers.
It was two shots better than Augusta State, who shot a 277 as a team
on Sunday and finished with a three-day total of 852.
UNLV came on strong on Sunday to finish third at 856, while Florida,
owners of a seven-shot lead heading into the final round, shot
seven-over as a team on Sunday and finished fourth at 857, seven
shots behind Clemson. Through three holes on Sunday, Florida was
17-under-par as a team, while Clemson was at seven-under.
The individual co-champions were Troy Matteson of Georgia
Tech and Bill Haas of Wake Forest who were both 11-under-par for the
54 holes. Seven of the top 15 golfers in the event were from the
ACC. Fourteen of the top 20 teams in the nation were in the 18-team
Ben Duncan and Gregg Jones both led the way on Sunday with
final round scores of 69. Duncan was Clemson's top finisher for the
tournament, as it was his second straight round of 69 and his 211
total was good enough for fifth place. It marked the first top 10
finish for the Clemson senior. He had 12 birdies and just seven
bogeys in his best tournament as a Clemson Tiger.
Jones started the day with a double bogey, but came back to
record six birdies and finished at 69 for the day and 213 for the
tournament, good enough for 10th place.
D.J. Trahan, the reigning National Player of the Year in
college golf and the number-one ranked player in the nation, also
made a big contribution with a final round 70 and a two-under-par
total 214 for the event. Trahan finished 16th overall in the
individual race. His birdie on the 16th hole was a key to Clemson's
Jack Ferguson fired a 73 on Sunday, but he also performed
well in the clutch. The sophomore from Seneca birdied three out of
four holes between 12 and 15 to move Clemson from a one-stroke
deficit to a two-stroke lead. Ferguson finished the event at 219,
good enough for 33rd place individually.
Matt Hendrix shot a 74 on Sunday and his score did not count
towards the Clemson team, but he had an even par 216 for the
tournament, good enough for 23rd.
Clemson will next be in action October 7-8 when it competes
at the Preview at Oklahoma State, the site of the NCAA Championships
in the spring. Clemson is the defending champion at that tournament.
Clemson at Carpet Classic
September 27-29, 2002
The Farm, Dalton, GA
Ben Duncan 73 69 69 211 -5 5th
Gregg Jones 71 73 69 213 -3 10th
D.J. Trahan 74 70 70 214 -2 16th
Matt Hendrix 69 73 74 216 E 23rd
Jack Ferguson 76 70 73 219 +3 33rd
Totals 287 282 281 850 -14 1st