NORMAN, Okla. - Clemson has moved into a tie for second in the nation
with Wake Forest in the latest Precept Coaches Poll. Clemson had
been ranked third in the nation the last four polls. Clemson will
next be in action at the NCAA Regional Tournament May 16-18.
Georgia Tech remains the top-ranked team in the Precept
Coaches Poll. For the eighth consecutive poll (beginning January 21), the Yellow Jackets have been the nation's No. 1 team in the Division I ranking administered by the Golf Coaches Association of America. The ACC
holds fourthe of the top 10 spots in the nation as NC State has now
climbed to 10th in the nation.
The Precept Coaches Poll is administered by the Golf Coaches Association of America and released bi-weekly through the conclusion of the national championships.
Precept Coaches Poll - Division I
Rank School Points (First Place)
1 Georgia Tech 400 (16)
t2 Clemson 369
t2 Wake Forest 369
4 Texas 338
5 Florida 336
6 Oklahoma State 293
7 Southern California 284
8 TCU 275
9 Tennessee 271
10 NC State 230
11 Fresno State 203
12 Virginia Tech 198
13 Georgia 184
14 Washington 180
15 Augusta State 174
16 Auburn 172
17 Oklahoma 162
t18 New Mexico 113
t18 Pepperdine 113
20 Toledo 89
21 Purdue 87
22 Arizona 78
23 San Diego State 55
24 Baylor 51
25 Minnesota 32
Clemson's D.J. Trahan Wins Hogan Award
Clemson, SC-Clemson junior D.J. Trahan has won the Ben Hogan Award,
the honor presented to the top college golfer in the nation for his
play in the college ranks and in amateur competition for the period
May 1, 2001 to May 1, 2002. Trahan is the first Clemson golfer to
win the award.
The announcement was made by the Golf Coaches Association of
America in conjunction with The Colonial Country Club and the
Friends of Golf. Trahan will be presented the award at a black tie
dinner in Fort Worth, TX on Monday, May 13th. The banquet will be
held at Colonial Country Club, the site of the PGA Tour's Colonial
Invitational. The presentation to Trahan will be shown on CBS Sports'
coverage of the tournament on Sunday, May 19.
Trahan has had an outstanding career at Clemson, as he was
named a Freshman All-American and ACC Freshman of the Year in 2000
and won the United States Public Links Championship. In the spring
of 2001 he finished seventh at the NCAA tournament, Clemson's top
performer, helping the Tigers to second place in the event. Last summer, he won the South Carolina Amateur, defeating three-time
defending champion and Clemson teammate Lucas Glover, and he competed
for the United States in the Walker Cup. He also finished third at
the Porter Cup and eighth at the Rice Planters and reached the second
round of match play at the US Amateur.
Trahan had the top fall in Clemson golf history in 2001, as
he won two tournaments (Carpet Classic and Jerry Pate) and had three
second-place finishes. He did that in five consecutive events, the
first time in Clemson history any golfer had ever had five straight
first or second place finishes.
Although he won two events, his most memorable feat took
place at the Ping Preview at Ohio State, where he finished second
individually. With Clemson needing a birdie to win the event on
the final hole, Trahan promptly drove the ball 370 yards to a bunker
near the green. He blasted out to within 15 feet to set up a birdie
attempt. He held the putt to give Clemson the team championship at
the site of this year's NCAA Tournament. This spring he won the
Azalea Amateur and has led the Tigers to a #2 national team ranking
in the Precept Coach's poll.
For the academic year, Trahan has already tied the Clemson
single season record with eight top 10 finishes. His 70.36 stroke
average is ahead of the previous record pace and he is also ranked
number-one in Clemson history in career stroke average heading into
NCAA play with a 71.76 average. He has had 22 rounds under par so
far this year, one off the Clemson single season record, and his 13
rounds in the 60s are just two rounds off Chris Patton's single
season record of 15.
Nationally, Trahan is ranked first in the Amateur Rankings by
Golfweek and he is third in the NCAA according to Golfstat and
Sagarin/Golfweek. He also leads the nation in scoring on par four
holes (3.93), is second in greens in regulation (.789), and fifth
in birdies (137).
In addition to all of the accomplishments on the course,
Trahan carries a 3.22 GPA and is an academic All-America candidate.
He has made the ACC Academic Honor Roll each of his first two years