Penley Signs Three Golfers for 2001-02
Clemson, SC - Clemson Head golf Coach Larry Penley has announced the
signing of three freshmen for the 2001-02 academic year. Joining
the Tigers for next year will be Martin Catalioto (Hilton Head, SC),
Brian Duncan (Greenville, SC) and Stephen Poole (Spartanburg, SC).
Clemson loses three senior starters off its 2001 team that
finished second in the nation. "This was an important recruiting
year for us," said Penley, who has taken Clemson to the NCAA national
tournament all 18 years he has been the Tigers head coach. "You
don't replace Lucas Glover, John Engler and Jani Saari. They
certainly have had an incredible impact on our program.
"But, we feel good about the group we have coming to Clemson
in the fall. All three are champions. They have played against top
competition, participating in national tournaments and they have had
success at the national level. In today's college game, that is
important, you want players who are used to competing at a high
level. All three are going to be excellent college players."
Catalioto is now a resident of Hilton Head, SC,but played his
high school golf at Bergen Catholic High School in New Jersey. A
two-time Player of the Year in the state, he had a stroke average
under 35.0 his senior year. Catalioto was a first-team Academic
All-American and a third-team All-American on the course according to
the American Junior Golf Association in 2000. He won the 2000
National Big I Championship in Alpharetta, GA.
Duncan, brother of Clemson rising junior golfer Ben Duncan,
won the state 3A championship this year and was named the state 3A
Player of the Year. Duncan was the 2000 Carolinas Golf Association
Junior Champion and the South Carolina Golf Association Junior
Champion in 1999. He also was the Match Play Junior Champions of
South Carolina in 1999.
Poole was the runnerup state champion in South Carolina at
the 4A level. He also won the 2000 Southern Cross Championship, an
event won by former Clemson All-Americans Jonathan Byrd, Charles
Warren and Lucas Glover when they were in high school. He has many
top five finishes in AJGA events. Earlier this year he won a high
school tournament with rounds of 63 and 61.