Clemson Golf Announces 2003-04 Schedule
Clemson, SC - Clemson released its 2003-04 golf schedule on Monday
and it is highlighted by trips to Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Nevada,
North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Puerto Rico. Larry Penley's
squad will compete in five events in the fall, and six regular season
events in the spring before competing in the NCAA Championships.
Each of the tournaments will boast top-notch competition for the
defending National Champions.
The Tigers will begin defense of their National Championship in
September at the Ridges Invitational in Johnson City, TN. Clemson
won that event in the fall of 1998 behind Jonathan Byrd, now on the
PGA Tour. The Tigers will also compete in the Ping Preview in
September, an event which will be held at the Cascades Course in Hot
Springs, VA. The Cascades Course will also play host to the NCAA
National Tournament in June. It has never been the host site for the
NCAA National and is not the home course for any collegiate team.
Clemson will compete in two traditional events in October,
the Carpet Classic (Dalton, GA) and the Jerry Pate Intercollegiate
(Birmingham, AL). Clemson is a four-time winner of the Carpet
Classic, which is set to be held October 3-5. The Jerry Pate, which
Clemson has won five times in the last six years, will be held
October 13-14. The fall schedule concludes November 7-9 with the
Hooters Match Play at Barefoot Resort in Myrtle Beach, SC. Clemson kicks off the spring slate February 8-10 at the Mercedes Benz
Collegiate, an event held at the famous Sawgrass course in Ponte
Vedra, FL. The Tigers then travel to the Puerto Rico Classic in late
The Tigers will compete in three tournaments in March, all three of
which Clemson played in last season. Larry Penley's team will first
compete in the Las Vegas Intercollegiate, and then in the Schenkel
Invitational in Statesboro, GA before wrapping up the long month in
the Atlanta Intercollegiate.
Clemson is in the field at the Augusta State Invitational in April
before turning its attention to postseason play. The ACC Tournament
will once again be held at the Old North State Club in Uwharrie
Point, NC, the site of Clemson's come-from-behind victory one year
ago. That event will be held April 16-18.
The season concludes with the NCAA Championships in May and June.
The NCAA Regional sites have yet to be determined, while the NCAA
National will be held in Hot Springs, VA from June 1-4. Clemson Head
Coach Larry Penley has guided the Tigers to the NC-AA Tournament for
20 consecutive years and brought the title to Clemson in 2002-03.
The outlook for Clemson's 2003-04 season is strong as three
All-Americans return from last year's team. The group is led by
seniors Matt Hendrix and Gregg Jones and junior Jack Ferguson.
Clemson also returns three players who red-shirted last year in
Martin Catalioto, Brent Delahoussaye and Nick Biershenk, and 2003
letterman Brian Duncan.
Clemson Golf Schedule 2003-04
Date Tournament Course City
Sept. 13-14 The Ridges Invitational The Ridges Johnson City, TN
Sept. 22-23 Ping/Golfweek Preview Cascades Course Hot Springs, VA
Oct. 3-5 Carpet Classic The Farm Dalton, GA
Oct. 13-14 Jerry Pate Intercollegiate Old Overton Birmingham, AL
Nov. 7-9 Match Play Barefoot Resort Myrtle Beach, SC
Feb. 8-10 Mercedes Benz Collegiate Sawgrass Ponte Vedra, FL
Feb. 22-24 Puerto Rico Classic Rio Mar El Grande, PR
Mar. 13-15 Las Vegas Intercollegiate Desert Inn Las Vegas, NV
Mar. 20-21 Chris Schenkel Invitational Forest Heights Statesboro, GA
Mar. 29-30 Atlanta Intercollegiate Eagles Landing McDonough, GA
Apr. 4-5 Augusta State Invitational Forest Hills Augusta, GA
Apr. 16-18 ACC Tournament Old North State New London, NC
May 20-22 NCAA Regional TBA TBA
June 1-4 NCAA National Cascades Course Hot Springs, VA