Clemson, SC--Clemson received a bid to the NCAA men's golf tournament
for the 20th consecutive year on Tuesday. The Tigers will compete in
the East Regional at Golden Horseshoe Country Club in Williamsburg,
VA May 17-19.
Twenty-seven teams will compete at each of three NCAA
Regional sites. The other sites are Karsten Creek Golf Course in
Stillwater, OK, the site of the Central Regional, and Trysting Tree
Golf Course in Corvallis, OR, the site of the West Regional.
Clemson was one of six ACC teams to receive bids on Tuesday.
Georgia Tech, Duke and NC State will join the Tigers in Williamsburg,
VA at the East Regional. North Carolina will play in the Central
Regional, while Wake Forest must travel to the West Regional.
Ten teams from each of the three regionals will advance to
the NCAA Championships, which will be played at the Duke University
Course in Durham, NC May 30 to June 2.
Clemson will be playing in the NCAA Tournament for the 20th
consecutive years, the 21st time overall and the 18th straight year
under Head Coach Larry Penley. That is the longest streak of
consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances by any Clemson coach in any
sport in history.
Clemson's current streak of 19 consecutive NCAA National
Championship appearances is second only to Oklahoma State's record 54
straight appearances in the national event. Clemson can make it an
even 20 in a row in the national tournament with a top 10 finish at
the East Regional. Clemson has a streak of 65 consecutive top 10
finishes, including a streak of 11 straight top 5 finishes this year.
Clemson has won the NCAA East Regional four times, more than
any other school. That includes the 2000 season when the Tigers
captured the event at Glenmaura Country Club in Scranton, PA.
Nationally, only Arizona has won more NCAA regional championships
than Clemson. The Wildcats have won five West Regional titles.
Clemson's 2001 team, ranked third in the nation, is led by
senior All-Americans John Engler and Lucas Glover. Engler won the
ACC tournament in April and has a 70.81 stroke average for the year.
He has a team best seven top 10 finishes. Glover won the Puerto Rico
Classic and has a 71.16 stroke average, second best on the Tiger
team. He has had five top 10 finishes this season. They rank
one-two in Clemson history in career stroke average.
D.J. Trahan is third on the team in stroke average with a
72.92 average. The sophomore, who played in the Masters this past
April, is the number-one ranked amateur in the country according to
Three Tigers Headline All-ACC Golf Team
Greensboro, NC--John Engler, Lucas Glover and D.J. Trahan all were
chosen to the 2001 All-ACC golf team released Wednesday by the
Atlantic Coast Conference office. The Tigers were the only school
with three selections on the 12-player team. Wake Forest, Georgia
Tech and NC state all had two selections each.
Engler and Glover were chosen for the third consecutive year,
while Trahan, just a sophomore, was chosen for the second consecutive
year. It marked the sixth consecutive year that Clemson has
had at least three golfers on the All-ACC first team.
Engler is currently ranked third in the nation in the
Mastercard individual rankings. The senior from Atlanta, GA has a
70.81 stroke average for the season to pace the team and his 71.82
career average is best in school history. He is 32-under par for
his 32 rounds this season. Engler won the ACC Championship in April
and was named National Golfer of the Month by Golf World in October
when his final round 64 led Clemson to the championship of the Jerry
Pate Intercollegiate. His 13-under-par score at the ACC tournament
is a Clemson record for score in relation to par for a 54-hole event.
Glover, a senior from Greenville, SC, has a 71.16 stroke
average for the year and has five top 10 finishes. He won the Puerto
Rico Classic in February and was later named the National Golfer of
the Month by Golf World. Glover is 21-under-par for his 32 rounds
this year and is ranked sixth in the nation in the latest Mastercard
rankings. His 201 total at the Jerry Pate Intercollegiate set a
Clemson record for low score in a 54-hole event. His career stroke
average of 72.00 is second in Clemson history behind Engler.
Trahan, a sophomore from Inman, SC, has a 72.92 stroke
average for the year and has a pair of top 10 finishes, an
eighth-place at the Ping Preview and a third-place finish at the
Chris Schenkel. In July of 2000, he won the United States Public
Links Championship, which qualified him for a spot in the 2001
Masters. Trahan joins current buy.com professional Jonathan Byrd as
the only Clemson golfers to earn first-team All-ACC as a freshman and
sophomore. He is currently ranked 24th in the nation in the
collegiate Mastercard individual rankings and is the number-one
ranked amateur in the nation by Golfweek.