Former Clemson Golfer Jonathan Byrd to Compete in Masters


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Clemson, SC-Former Clemson golfer Jonathan Byrd will compete in the
2003 Masters, an event that begins on Thursday in Augusta, GA . It
will mark the third straight year a golfer with Clemson ties will
compete in the event. Last year, former Clemson golfer Michael Hoey
competed after winning the 2001 British Amateur. Current Clemson
senior D.J. Trahan made the 2001 field by virtue of his 2000 United
States Public Links championship.

Byrd qualified for the 2003 Masters by finishing the 2002 PGA
Tour season ranked in the top 40 on the money list. He won over
$1.4 million to finish 39th on the list, including a victory at the
Buick Challenge in October. Byrd was an All-American at Clemson
between 1997-00. He was a four-time first-team All-ACC selection,
the first Clemson golfer in history to be named to the first team
four straight years and he played on four Clemson teams that finished
in the top 10 in the nation. He was a two-time Academic
All-American and on the course All-American and was the IPTAY Athlete
of the Year in 2000.

So far this year, Byrd is 52nd on the money list with
$395,239. He finished sixth at the Mercedes Championship in Hawaii
in January and was fifth at the Ford Championship at Doral in March.
He has made six cuts in nine previous events.

Dillard Pruitt played in the 1992 and 1993 Masters, the only
former Tiger to play in more than one. His 282 finish in 1992 was
good enough for 13th, the highest finish ever by a former Tiger at a
major. He had a second round 68, also the best by a player with
Clemson ties at the event.

Parker Moore, who was the US Amateur runner up in 1976, was the first
golfer with Clemson ties to play in the Masters. He made the field
in 1977 and shot a pair of 76s. Danny Ellis, Clarence Rose, Trahan
and Hoey are the only other golfers with Clemson ties to play in the
Masters. Patton and Trahan are the only ones to play at Augusta
while they were still a member of the Clemson golf team. Patton,
Pruitt and Rose are the only former Tigers to make a cut. Rose was
the last one to do it in 1997.


Golfers with Clemson Ties who have played in the Masters

Name	Clemson Yr.	Mas Yr.	Scores       Finish
Parker Moore	1972-76	1977	76-76	     152 missed cut
Chris Patton	1986-90	1990	71-73-74-78  296 (39th)
Dillard Pruitt	1980-84	1992	75-68-70-69  282 (13th)
		1993	76-75	151          missed cut
Danny Ellis	1989-93	1994	74-78	     152 missed cut
Clarence Rose	1978-80	1997	73-75-79-74  301 (43rd)
D.J. Trahan	1999-	2001	75-78	153  missed cut
Michael Hoey	1998-99	2002	75-73	148  missed cut
Jonathan Byrd	1997-00	2003

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