Byrd, Maxon to Compete in US Open


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Clemson, SC-Two former Clemson golfers from the 1990s will be
competing in the US Open at Shinnecock Hills, June 17-20. Jonathan
Byrd and Joey Maxon, teammates on Clemson's 1998 team that finished
second in the nation, will both be competing in the United States
Open at Southampton, NY next week.


Byrd received an exemption to the event by virtue of his top
15 finish at the US Open last year. The 2000 Clemson graduate shot a
282 over the four days and finished tied for 15th. The top 15
finishers (including ties) are invited to return to the US Open each
year. Byrd has also competed in the last two Masters Tournaments,
including the 2003 event when he finished eighth, the highest finish
ever by a Clemson golfer at a major.



Maxon earned his invitation by qualifying from play in Columbus, OH
earlier this week. Maxon shot rounds of 68-70 for a 138 total at
Brookside Golf and Country Club, and The Lakes Golf and Country Club
courses, respectively. Former Wake Forest All-American and
Greenville, SC native Bill Haas also qualified from that sectional as
did former NC State All-American Tim Clark.
This is the second time Maxon has qualified for the US Open. He
played in the 2001 event in Tulsa and shot rounds of 74-76 before
missing the cut.


This will mark the fifth straight year at least one former Clemson
golfer has played in the US Open. In 2000 Charles Warren and Kevin
Johnson both participated at Pebble Beach, while the 2001 event saw
Kevin Johnson and Maxon qualify in Tulsa. In 2002 former Clemson
All-American and current PGA Tour player Lucas Glover qualified for
the even held in Farmingdale, NY. As stated above, Byrd finished
15th last year at Olympia Fields, the best finish ever by a Clemson
golfer at the US Open.


Seven former Clemson golfers will be in action this weekend. Byrd,
Glover and Danny Ellis will be competing at the Buick Classic at
Westchester Country Club in Harrison, NY. D.J. Trahan, Charles
Warren, Kevin Johnson and Richard Coughlan will be competing at the
Nationwide Tour's LaSalle Bank Open in Glenview, IL.


Former Tigers who have qualified for the US Open

Year	Player		Site		Scores		Tot	Par	Fin	Money
1981	Parker Moore	Ardmore, PA	77-78		155	+15	MC
1989	Dillard Pruitt	Rochester, NY	68-74-81-75	298 	+18	67th	$4,099
1990	Chris Patton	Medinah, IL	74-72		146	+2	MC
1992	Dillard Pruitt	Pebble Beach,CA 73-73-74-77	297	+13	44th	$8,007
1993	Oswald Drawdy	Springfield, NJ	74-78		152	+12	MC
1994	Chris Patton	Oakmont, PA	76-WD		76	+5	MC
2000	Charles Warren	Pebble Beach,CA	75-74-75-74     298	+14	37th	$22,056
	Kevin Johnson	Pebble Beach,CA	74-76		150     +8	MC
2001	Kevin Johnson	Tulsa, OK	77-76		153	+13	MC
	Joey Maxon      Tulsa, OK	74-76		150	+10	MC
2002	Lucas Glover	Farmingdale, NY	74-77		151	+11	MC
2003	Jonathan Byrd	Olympia Flds,IL	69-66-71-76	282	+2	15th	$93,600
2004	Jonathan Byrd	Southampton, NY
	Joey Maxon      Southampton, NY

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