Clemson Takes Over Lead at NCAA East Regional


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Auburn, AL-Matt Hendrix fired a second-round 67 to lead three Tiger
golfers who shot in the 60s on Friday, leading Clemson to a 277 team
score and the team lead after two rounds of the NCAA East Regional at
Auburn, AL. The event is being played at the par 72 University
Course at Auburn. The tournament will conclude on Saturday.

Clemson holds a five-shot lead over ACC rival Georgia Tech
after two rounds. The two teams were co-champions of the NCAA East
Regional last year at Settindown Creek in Roswell, GA. Clemson has
a two-round total of 562 after Friday's 277 team score, the low round
of the day by eight shots. The 277 team score was the second best
ever for a Clemson team in NCAA Regional play.

Tennessee, the first round co-leader with Georgia Tech, is
third with a 572 total, while Florida, Wake Forest and Duke are tied
for fourth at 578. Augusta State stands seventh with a 580 total,
while South Carolina improved to eighth place after a 285 team score
on Friday and has a two-day total of 581. Vanderbilt and Auburn are
tied for ninth at 582.

The top 10 teams out of the 27-team field will advance to
Stillwater, OK for the NCAA Championships May 27-30 at Oklahoma
State's Karsten Creek. Clemson has a 20-shot lead on the 10th place
team heading into Saturday's final round. Clemson has advanced to
the NCAA national tournament through the regional each of the last 14
years.

Clemson got off to a great start as a team shooting
nine-under-par for their first nine of the day, the back nine. The
Clemson team had 10 birdies and one bogey for those holes. In fact,
the four players who had their score count towards Clemson's team
score had just four bogeys the entire day.

Hendrix got the Tigers off to a great start early Friday
morning with birdies on his first two holes. He had six birdies on
the day, including four on par-four holes. His 67 gives him a
two-day total of 137, seven-under-par. It was his best round since
the first round of the season back in September when he shot a 65 in
Tokyo. The junior from Aiken, SC stands in second place in the
individual race behind Georgia Tech's Troy Matteson, the defending
National Champion, who has a 135 after 36 holes.

D.J. Trahan and Jack Ferguson, both made four stroke
improvements in their second round compared to their respective
performances on Thursday. Both had 73s on Thursday and improved to
a three-under-par 69 on Friday and are tied for 16th overall at
two-under-par 142. Trahan had a clean round of three birdies and no
bogeys, including a birdie on the ninth hole, his 18th of the day.
The three-under par round was Trahan's 96th round at par or better, a
Clemson career record. He broke the record of 95 set by John Engler
from 1997-01.

Ferguson had five birdies and two bogeys in registering his
10th round in the 60s this year. He had a birdie on the ninth hole,
his final hole of the day. He now has scored at par or better in 16
of his last 17 rounds.

Gregg Jones had a consistent 72 on Friday, a round that included 16
pars. Jones entered the tournament ranked in the top five in the
nation in pars per round. He is tied for 13th overall with a 141
score. Ben Duncan had a round of 75 on Friday, two better than his
opening round of 77.

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