Clemson Has Lead After First Round of NCAA Regional


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Roswell, GA-Ben Hogan Award winner D.J. Trahan birdied his last three
holes of the day and finished with a three-under-par 69 leading the
Clemson golf team to a first-place standing after the first round of
the NCAA East Regional at Settindown Creek Golf Club in Roswell, GA.
Trahan also holds the individual lead by a stroke over three golfers,
including Georgia Tech's Matt Weibring.


The Tigers hold a five-shot team lead over ACC rival and
number-one ranked Georgia Tech. Clemson shot a 286 score as a team,
the only team in the 27-team field to record an under-par round. The
54-hole event continues with 18 holes on Friday and 18 on Saturday.
The top 10 teams advance to the NCAA Championships at The Scarlet
Course at The Ohio State University May 29-June 1.


Tennessee is third at 294, while North Carolina and Penn
State are tied for fourth at 295.


Trahan recorded his 23rd under par round of the season, tying
the Clemson single season record also held by Charles Warren
(1997-98). It was also his 14th round in the 60s this year, just one
off the single season record of 15 set by Chris Patton in 1988-89.


It was a wild ride for the junior from Inman, SC, who was
presented the Ben Hogan Award as the top player in college golf this
past Monday night in Fort Worth, TX. Trahan had just seven pars in
his round, but had six birdies, an eagle, three bogeys and a double
bogey. Playing the back nine first, Trahan had a stretch in which he
had a birdie, eagle, double bogey and bogey on holes 15-18.


Trahan settled down on the front side, his second nine of the
day and recorded four birdies and bogey. He finished with three
birdies and eight total strokes for the last three holes. It was
actually the second straight NCAA Regional Tournament round that he
had finished with three straight birdies. He birdied his last three
holes in the final round last year at the NCAA Regional in
Williamsburg, VA.


Trahan received support from sophomore Gregg Jones, who fired
a 71 and stands in a tie for fifth. The native of Florence had a
disappointing bogey on his final hole, the ninth, but he had three
birdies and a bogey on that front side to shoot a 34. It was his
14th under-par round of the year. Last year he was actually
Clemson's top golfer at the regional with a 210 score and he now has
four consecutive under-par rounds in NCAA regional play.


Matt Hendrix and Ben Duncan contributed solid rounds of
one-over par 73. Duncan, who has the third best scoring average on
the Clemson team, had a double bogey on the 14th hole, his fifth of
the day, then played the next 12 holes at two-under-par before
finishing with a bogey on the ninth. Hendrix had consecutive bogeys
on 14, 15 and 16, but did not let that get him down. The sophomore
battled back with birdies on the second and fourth holes, then made
pars the rest of the way.


Freshman Martin Catalioto had a five-over par 77 in his first
career NCAA Tournament round. He had a double bogey on the first
hole, his 10th of the day. His only birdie was on the par three
eighth.

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