Clemson Golf To Compete in ACC Golf Tournament


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Clemson, SC-Larry Penley's #1 ranked Clemson golf team will travel
to the Old North State Club at New London, NC April 18-20 to
compete in the 50th annual Atlantic Coast Conference Golf Tournament.
The Tigers have won the event seven times in history, including a
co-championship in 1990. Clemson was victorious as recently as
2000, an event that was also held at the Old North State Club.

This promises to be a tournament that will have an impact on
the national polls, as the Tigers are ranked first in the nation in
the latest Golf Coaches Association poll and the Golfweek/Sagarin
poll. ACC schools Wake Forest (2nd), North Carolina (10th), Georgia
Tech (15), and NC State (16) are also top 20 teams according to the
latest Golfweek/Sagarin rankings through tournaments of April 13.

This will be Clemson's seventh trip to the par 72 Old North
State Club at Uwharrie Point. Clemson claimed two of its seven
previous championships at the Old North State Club, including the
1998 and 2000 events. Clemson finished fourth in 1999 and 1995, and
third in 1996 and 2002 in its other appearances at the Old North
State Club.

Clemson will bring four players to the Old North State Club
who competed in the ACC tournament for Clemson previously. Those
players are D.J. Trahan, Gregg Jones, Matt Hendrix and Ben Duncan.
It will be the fourth ACC Tournament for Trahan, the third for Jones
and Duncan and the second for Hendrix. Sophomore Jack Ferguson, who
is ranked eighth in the nation in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin
rankings, will be making his first appearance at the ACC Tournament.

Trahan was Clemson's top finisher last year with a sixth-place
finish after shooting rounds of 71-68-70 for a seven-under-par 209.
For his career, he has a 71.33 stroke average for nine ACC Tournament
rounds. He has a 70.33 stroke average for his six previous rounds at
the Old North State Club, nearly identical to his 70.31 stroke
average for this season, a figure that is third in the nation. He
finished fourth in the ACC Tournament as a freshman at the Old North
State Club in 2000 with a 213 figure.

Jones has a 72.0 stroke average for his six previous rounds in the
ACC Tournament. He was 22nd as a freshman and 11th last year when he
was at four-under-par 212. He is fourth on the club this year in
stroke average with a 72.42 average, but ranks 40th nationally.

Duncan finished 35th as a sophomore at the ACC Tournament and 11th
last year at the Old North State Club with a 212 total. He has a
74.09 stroke average this year, but is coming off a one-under-par
tournament performance at the Augusta State Invitational. Hendrix
was also in the top 15 a year ago at the ACC Tournament with a 214
score, including a second round 69. He has a 71.54 stroke average
this year, third best on the team and 28th in the nation. He is
ranked 14th in the nation according to the Sagarin rankings.

Ferguson will be in his first ACC Tournament, but the sophomore from
Seneca is a veteran of 15 tournaments in his young Clemson career.
His 71.27 stroke average is second best on the Clemson team and 20th
in the nation. He is ranked eighth in the nation in the latest
Golfweek/Sagarin ranking.

Clemson has won three of the last six ACC Tournaments and six
of the last 16 dating to 1987. A Clemson golfer has won the
medallist honors six times, including twice by Charles Warren
(1997-98). The other Clemson golfers to win the ACC Tournament are
Parker Moore (1976), Kevin Johnson (1988), Danny Ellis (1993), and
John Engler (2001).


Clemson has won three events and finished in the top three in every
tournament this year. The Tigers won the Topy Cup in Japan, the
Carpet Classic in Dalton, GA and the Jerry Pate Intercollegiate in
Birmingham, AL this past fall. Clemson has finished second in four
of the five tournaments this spring, plus gained a third place finish
at the Las Vegas Invitational.


Clemson has a streak of 14 straight third-place or better finishes
over the last two years. This is the longest streak of its kind in
Clemson history. The previous record was just five consecutive
tournaments. The last time Clemson failed to finish in the top three
was a sixth-place finish at the 2002 Chris Schenkel Invitational in
Statesboro, GA in March of 2002.

Clemson Lineup for 2003 ACC Tournament	2002-03 Stats
Name	Cl.	Hometown	        Trns	Avg	Rank
D.J. Trahan	Sr.	Inman, SC	9	70.31	1
Jack Ferguson	So.	Seneca, SC	9	71.27	8
Matt Hendrix	Jr.	Aiken, SC	9	71.54	14
Gregg Jones	Jr.	Florence, SC	9	72.42	38
Ben Duncan	Sr.	Greenville, SC	8	74.09


Rank is Sagarin ranking

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