Golf Travels to Stillwater, OK for NCAA National Tournament


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May 21, 2003 Clemson, SC--Larry Penley's number-one ranked Clemson golf team will
travel to Stillwater, OK for the NCAA National Tournament, to be held
May 27-30 (Tuesday to Friday). The Tigers could be the top seed in
the tournament after winning the NCAA East Regional at Auburn, AL on
May 17. Clemson defeated second-place Georgia Tech by nine shots,
and fired a team score of 839, 25-under-par. It was a Clemson record
for an NCAA Regional and the 25-under-par figure was the eighth best
team score vs. par in any tournament in school history.

This is the 22nd straight year Clemson has advanced to the
NCAA National tournament, the second longest active streak in the
nation. Only Oklahoma State's streak of 58 consecutive years is
longer. It is the 20th straight year Larry Penley has taken the
Tigers to the NCAA national event, the second longest streak in the
nation behind Mike Holder's (Oklahoma State) 30-year streak.

The tournament will be played at Karsten Creek in Stillwater,
OK, a par 72 course that is 7290 yards in length. This will be the
second time Clemson has played the course this year. In the fall
(October 7-8) Clemson finished second at the Ping Preview behind
Augusta State.

Clemson will bring the same lineup to Oklahoma that it had in
the fall. Jack Ferguson was Clemson's top player in the fall at
Karsten Creek, as the sophomore had a 220 total for the three rounds,
good enough for eighth-place overall. Matt Hendrix was two shots
back at 222 and finished 13th. D.J. Trahan was 19th after scoring a
224 figure, while Gregg Jones was 32nd at 228. Ben Duncan had a 229
and finished 38th, but his score counted towards Clemson's team score
each day.

Clemson has been the most consistent team in the nation this
year, finishing first or second in 11 of its 12 stroke-play events.
In fact, a third-place finish at the Las Vegas Intercollegiate in
March is Clemson's worst finish of the year. Clemson has finished
in the top three in 16 straight stoke-play tournaments, including
last year's third-place finish at the NCAA national tournament at
Ohio State. The streak is a school record for consecutive top three
finishes.

Clemson's 2002-03 season has included five tournament
victories, tying a school record for wins in a season. Clemson won
the Topy Cup in Japan, the Carpet Classic in Dalton, GA, and the
Jerry Pate Intercollegiate in Birmingham, AL in the fall. This
spring Clemson has won the ACC Tournament at The Old North State Club
in Uwharrie Point, NC, and the NCAA East regional in Auburn, AL.
This marks the second time in school history that Clemson has won the
ACC Tournament and the NCAA East Regional in the same year.
No school has ever made a clean sweep of its conference, NCAA
regional and NCAA national tournaments in the same year. UCLA also
has that opportunity this year.

Clemson heads to Oklahoma State with a 154-8-3 record
against all competition this year, including a 95-8-3 mark against
the other 29 teams in the NCAA national field. That is a 91 percent
winning mark against the field, best in the nation. The same record
applies for Clemson's record against top 25 teams this year.
Oklahoma State, with a 58-25-1 record and a .696 winning percent
against top 25 teams is second to Clemson's 91 percent. Clemson is
4-2 head to head with Oklahoma State this year and is 17-6 against
the Cowboys over the last four years.

D.J. Trahan (Inman, SC) leads the Tigers to the NCAA National
event with a 70.63 stroke average. This will be the fourth national
tournament for the Tiger senior and his career average of 70.50 for
his previous 12 national tournament rounds is the best in Clemson
history. He already has three top 15 finishes in NCAA national play,
the only player in Clemson history with three top 15s. He has been
Clemson's top player at the national tournament each of the last
three years.

Now ranked second in the nation according to the
Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, Trahan enters the event with 20 school
records on his resume, including most rounds at par or better (97), a
mark he established at the NCAA East Regional. He can tie Kevin
Johnson's school record for career top 10 finishes with a 27th career
top 10 at the NCAA national tournament. He is Clemson's career
stroke average leader on a season and career basis.

Jack Ferguson (Seneca, SC) has the second best stroke average
this season with a 71.06 mark. That average is just second best on
this team, but would be fourth best in school history if the season
ended today. Currently ranked sixth in the nation, the sophomore
making his first NCAA national appearance has had four top five
finishes in his last five events, including a second place at the
Schenkel and a second-place at the Atlanta Intercollegiate. He has
been under-par in six straight tournaments and is 32-under-par for
his last 18 rounds. Earlier this spring he broke a Clemson record
for consecutive rounds at par or better with a streak of 15.

Another All-America candidate on this year's Clemson team is
Matt Hendrix (Aiken, SC), a junior with a 71.29 stroke average. That
is third best on this year's team, but would be eighth best in school
history if the season ended today. Hendrix has six top 10 finishes
this year, including four fourth-place finishes. He has had
consecutive fourth place finishes with 209 totals in his last two
tournaments and enters the national event with a streak of seven
straight rounds at par or better.

Trahan, Ferguson and Hendrix are a combined 100-under-par for
the academic year.

While Trahan is first in Clemson history in career stroke
average in NCAA national tournament play, Gregg Jones is the career
leader in all NCAA Tournament rounds (including regional play,
minimum of two tournaments). Jones (Florence, SC), improved his
career average to 71.05 with his 208 aggregate at the NCAA East
Regional. He was the runnerup at the event after rounds of 69-72-67.
His 67 was his best of the season by two shots and his 208 was his
best 54-hole total by four strokes.

Ben Duncan will be making his 12th start of the year for the
Tigers. The senior has a career 73.97 stroke average, 18th best in
school history. The native of Greenville, SC faced the toughest
schedule in the nation according to the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings.
He started the year with consecutive top 10 finishes at the Topy Cup
and the Carpet Classic. He had a top 15 finish at the ACC
Tournament, helping the Tigers to the team championship.

Clemson Lineup for NCAA National Tournament
					2002-03	NCAA
Name	        Cl	Hometown	Trns	Avg	Avg
D.J. Trahan	Sr.	Inman, SC	12	70.63	71.71
Jack Ferguson	So.	Seneca, SC	12	71.06	70.67
Matt Hendrix	Jr.	Aiken, SC	12	71.29	72.90
Gregg Jones	Jr.	Florence, SC	12	72.46	71.05
Ben Duncan	Sr.	Greenville SC	11	74.13	74.50

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