Penley Named National Coach of the Year
Stillwater, OK - Clemson Head Coach Larry Penley has won the Dave
Williams Award as the National Coach of the Year as selected by the
Golf Coaches Association. Three of his players, D.J. Trahan, Jack
Ferguson and Matt Hendrix have been named, first, second and third
team All-Americans, respectively by the same association.
Penley led the Tigers to the school's first golf national
championship last Friday afternoon. This season the Tigers won a
school record six tournament titles, including the ACC, NCAA East
Regional and NCAA national tournaments. It marked the first time in
college golf history that a school won a conference NCAA regional and
NCAA national tournaments in the same year. Penley now has won seven
ACC championships and six NCAA Regional titles. He has more regional
championships than any other college coach. Overall, he now has 54
tournament championships in his 20 years at Clemson.
Penley is the fourth Clemson coach in history to be named a national
coach of the year. Bob Pollock, current men's track coach, was named
the NCAA Indoor Track National Coach of the Year in 1992. Men's
tennis coach Chuck Kriese and football coach Danny Ford were both
named National Coach of the Year in 1981.
Trahan earned first-team All-American honors for the second
consecutive year. He finished the season with a team best 71.05
stroke average and leaves Clemson as the school's career leader in
stroke average on a career and season basis. He was an Academic
All-American as a junior, when he also won the Jack Nicklaus Award
and the Ben Hogan Award as national player of the year. He set 20
Clemson school records in his career.
Ferguson was Clemson's top player at the NCAA tournament with a 298
score, good enough for 19th place overall. The sophomore from Seneca
finished the season with a 71.41 stroke average, but he led the team
in stroke average over the last seven tournaments of the year. He had
27 rounds at par or better this year. Twice he came through in the
clutch to clinch Clemson victories. His eight-foot putt on the last
hole gave Clemson the ACC Championship by one shot over Wake Forest
in April, and his par on the 72nd hole clinched Clemson's two shot
victory in the NCAA Tournament on May 30.
Hendrix, a junior from Aiken, SC, finished the season with a 71.74
stroke average. He finished 35th at the NCAA Tournament with a 303
score. His 69 in the third round was the low round of the NCAA
Tournament for a Clemson golfer. He had six top 10 finishes this year
and posted 12 rounds in the 60s. Four times he finished in fourth
place in tournaments this year including the NCAA East Regional.