Clemson Golf Wins ACC Tournament


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New London, NC-Jack Ferguson culminated one of the greatest comebacks
in Clemson golf history with a birdie on the final hole, giving #1
ranked Clemson its eighth ACC golf Championship. The 50th ACC
Tournament was completed Sunday at the Old North State Club in New
London, NC.


Clemson finished with a team total of 865, one better than
Wake Forest. North Carolina finished third at 869, while Georgia
Tech was fourth at 881. Duke was fifth at 892, followed by NC State
at 900, Virginia at 902, Florida State at 917 and Maryland at 919.

Clemson overcame a five-stroke Wake Forest advantage heading
into the final round. It was the largest Clemson deficit entering
a final round overcome to gain victory since the 1998-99 season when
Clemson won the Chris Schenkel Invitational in Statesboro, GA after
trailing Georgia by five shots entering the final round.

The heroics of Larry Penley's Tigers were even more dramatic
when you take into account that Clemson trailed Wake Forest by nine
strokes with just six holes to play. Clemson recorded three birdies
on the 18th hole, including Ferguson's eight-foot birdie in the final
group to win the tournament. Matt Hendrix and Ben Duncan also
scored birdies on the par five final hole to key the Clemson victory.

"I don't know how we did this," said Penley, who won the ACC
Championship for the seventh time in his Clemson coaching career.
"We played steady on 16 and 17, much better than yesterday when he
made bogeys on those two holes. Then, we made some shots on 18 and
Wake Forest came back to us."

With Clemson and Wake Forest and the final groups approaching
the green, Penley informed Ferguson, a sophomore from Seneca, of the
situation. "I told him we needed a birdie to win the tournament, but
a two-putt would give us a co-championship. I basically wanted him
to make the putt, but just dribble it in. He looked at me and said,
'Don't worry coach, center-cut."

That is just what Ferguson did with the eight-foot up-hill
putt, giving him a score of 70 for the day and a one-stroke team
victory for the Tigers, Clemson's first ACC team title since 2000.
Ferguson finished the tournament with a 214 total after rounds of
72-72-70. He and individual medallist Richard Treis of North
Carolina were the only two competitors to shoot par or better all
three rounds of the event. Ferguson now has a streak of 12
consecutive rounds of par or better.

While Ferguson will get many of the headlines, he was not
Clemson's low competitor on Sunday. Matt Hendrix, a junior from
Aiken, SC, fired a 68 on Sunday and finished seventh overall with a
217 score. He was consistent with nine hole scores of 34 and his
birdie on the 18th gave Clemson considerable momentum because he was
the first Tiger to finish.

D.J. Trahan had 17 pars and one bogey and shot a 73 on
Sunday. His 218 total was good enough for ninth place, his third
career top 10 finish at the ACC Tournament. It was the second time
Trahan had played on a Clemson ACC Championships team, as he was a
starter on the 2000 Clemson team that featured current PGA Tour
professional Jonathan Byrd.

Senior Ben Duncan had a final round 74 and finished with a
221 score, good enough for 14th. It was his second straight top 15
finish at the ACC Tournament. "Ben's performance was huge," said
Penley. "His birdie on 18 was big, but he stayed in the game all
day. He played the last 14 holes at one under par."

Junior Gregg Jones had a final round 78 and his score did not
count towards Clemson's team total on Sunday. But, he was a counter
on Friday and Saturday with scores of 74 and 73, respectively. All
five Clemson golfers finished in the top 20 of the individual race,
the first time in the 50 years of the tournament that all five
Clemson golfers had top 20 finishes.

The victory was the fourth tournament victory for Clemson
this year, one short of the single season school record. The Tigers
won three events in the fall. The finish also gives Clemson 15
consecutive top three tournament finishes, a school record.
Clemson's next tournament will be May 8-9 at the Atlanta
Intercollegiate. The NCAA East Regional is May 15-17 at the
University Course in Auburn, AL.


ACC Golf Individual Results


Fin  Name                   School       Scores
 1   Richard Treis          N Carolina    72   69   70    211   -5

 2   Bill Haas              Wk. Forest    69   68   76    213   -3

 3   Troy Matteson          Ga. Tech      74   67   73    214   -2
     Jack Ferguson          Clemson       72   72   70    214   -2

 5   Brent Wanner           Wk. Forest    72   69   75    216    E
     Thomas Jordan          Ga. Tech      76   69   71    216    E

 7   Ramon Bescansa         N Carolina    72   70   75    217   +1
     Matt Hendrix           Clemson       76   73   68    217   +1

 9   D.J. Trahan            Clemson       77   68   73    218   +2
     Dustin Bray            N Carolina    71   72   75    218   +2

11   Chris Yoder            Wk. Forest    74   70   75    219   +3

12   Leif Olson             Duke          75   72   73    220   +4
     John Eades             Maryland      73   75   72    220   +4

14   Ben Duncan             Clemson       72   75   74    221   +5

15   Justin Goodhue         Virginia      77   71   74    222   +6
     Jeremy Luce            Virginia      76   77   69    222   +6

17   Jason Moon             NC State      80   68   75    223   +7
     Tom Lefebvre           Duke          75   72   76    223   +7
     Jeremy Elliott         N Carolina    75   75   73    223   +7

20   Chad Wilfong           Wk. Forest    78   75   72    225   +9
     Stephen Lewton         NC State      77   72   76    225   +9
     Gregg Jones            Clemson       74   73   78    225   +9

23   Justin Walters         NC State      78   75   73    226  +10
     Nicholas Thompson      Ga. Tech      77   77   72    226  +10
     Alex Wilson            Duke          76   74   76    226  +10

26   Brad Tilley            Virginia      76   76   75    227  +11
     Tim Vickers            Florida St    77   76   74    227  +11
     Adam Cranford          Ga. Tech      78   74   75    227  +11

29   Matt Adcock            Florida St    77   75   77    229  +13
     Fernando Mechereffe    NC State      77   81   71    229  +13
29   Chan Wongluekiet       Ga. Tech      79   77   73    229  +13
     Rob Beasley            Duke          77   78   74    229  +13
     Kyle Reifers           Wk. Forest    79   81   69    229  +13

34   John Moheyer           Maryland      75   75   82    232  +16
     Kevin Silva            N Carolina    76   79   77    232  +16

36   Eamonn McLoughlin      Virginia      81   74   78    233  +17
     Nathan Smith           Duke          85   74   74    233  +17
     Adam Wallace           Florida St    78   80   75    233  +17

39   Rusty Mosley           Florida St    79   78   77    234  +18
     Tim Kane               Maryland      80   74   80    234  +18
     Mark Sestilio          Florida St    83   76   75    234  +18

42   Dan MacDonald          Maryland      85   75   75    235  +19

43   Dan Gabel              Virginia      85   80   76    241  +25

44   Rodney Thomas          NC State      88   80   74    242  +26
     Jeff Spradlin          Maryland      83   76   83    242  +26

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