Clemson Golf Wins East Regional


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Auburn, AL-Gregg Jones shot a season best 67 and D.J. Trahan added a
68 to lead Clemson to victory at the NCAA East Regional at the
University Course at Auburn, AL. Clemson finished with a team score
of 839 for the three rounds, nine shots better than runnerup Georgia
Tech. The -25 score, was the best in Clemson history for an NCAA
regional tournament.


It was the sixth NCAA East Regional title for the Tigers, all
under Head Coach Larry Penley. Clemson has more regional
championships than any other Division I school. Clemson and Georgia
Tech were co-champions last year. The Tigers also won the East
Regional in 1993, 1994, 1995 and 2000. It was the second major
championship for the Tigers this spring, as Clemson also won the ACC
Tournament in April. Clemson now has five tournament titles for the
academic year, tying the record of five set by the 1986-87 team.

Clemson now will advance to the NCAA Championships at Karsten
Creek in Stillwater, OK May 27-30. It will be Clemson's 22nd
consecutive year in the national tournament, the second longest
active streak in the nation behind Oklahoma State's streak of 58
consecutive appearances. Oklahoma State will be the host school for
this year's championship.

In addition to Clemson and Georgia Tech, Florida (859),
Tennessee (863), Duke (866), Wake Forest (868), Augusta State (873),
South Carolina (873), Vanderbilt (875) and Auburn (877) also will
advance from the East. North Carolina and NC State advanced from
the Central Regional Tournament, giving the ACC six teams in the
30-team NCAA National Tournament field.

Jones finished tied for second at the East Regional, his best
finish this year. He had rounds of 69-72-67 in shooting a season
best 208 for the 54 holes. He was tied for second with William Ted
Brown of Virginia Commonwealth, who was playing in the event as an
individual. Troy Matteson of Georgia Tech won the individual title
with a 201 score after a final round 66. Jones had a season high
seven birdies and just two bogeys on the day. He birdied all four of
the par five holes. His previous best score this year was a 69 and
his previous best tournament was a 212.

Matt Hendrix shot an even par 72 on Saturday and finished
with a 209 score for the three days, good enough for fourth place.
He had four birdies and four bogeys on Saturday after a 67 on Friday.
It was the fourth time this year he finished in fourth place at a
tournament.

Trahan entered the tournament ranked number-one in the nation
in final round scoring average with a 69.2 figure. He did not hurt
that figure as he fired a 68 in the final round of the regional. He
had six birdies and two bogeys. He had birdies on the sixth,
seventh and eighth holes to get Clemson off to a fast start. He
finished the event tied for seventh place with a 210 score.
Ironically, that was his exact same total last year when he won the
regional championship at Settindown Creek outside Atlanta.

Jack Ferguson had another under-par round with a 70. The
sophomore had five birdies, but a double bogey on the eighth hole
hurt his chances at scoring in the 60s for the 11th time this year.
Still, he finished 16th with his 212 score, the sixth straight
tournament he has finished under par.

Senior Ben Duncan improved his score by two shots for the
second straight day and finished with a 73. He had a 225 total for
the three rounds.

Penley was pleased with his team's performance, the 53rd
victory of his Clemson head coaching career. "The key to us winning
this tournament was our performance in the second round. (The Tigers
shot a 277 on Friday, eight shots better than any other team.). When
we did that on Friday, it took the pressure off of making the cut.
I don't care what anyone says, you are always thinking about making
that cut.

"But were 20 shots clear of the cut entering today, so the
guys played without pressure. We played well over the last two
rounds, I am proud of them. We got off to a great start today. We
were 11 under on the front nine at one point."

Jones, a second-team All-American last year, gave credit to
Penley for his performance over the three days. Penley walked the
entire 54 holes with Jones, who had averaged 74.2 over his last six
rounds entering the event. "The coaches were not able to use carts
at this event, so coach really couldn't move around a lot to see all
the players. He stayed with me at Duke my freshman year and it
helped. It certainly made a different this weekend. He settles
me down when something goes wrong. It was my best performance of
the spring."

Three of Clemson's players, Matt Hendrix, Ben Duncan and
Gregg Jones, will spend Monday trying to advance in US Open
qualifying. Trahan has already advanced to the second stage after a
70 at Piper Glenn near Charlotte last week.

Clemson at NCAA East Regional
May 15-17, 2003

Gregg Jones	69	72	67	208	-8	2nd
Matt Hendrix	70	67	72	209	-7	4th
D.J. Trahan	73	69	68	210	-6	7th
Jack Ferguson	73	69	70	212	-4	16th
Ben Duncan	77	75	73	225	+9	69th
Team		285	277	277	839	-25	1st

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