Second Ranked Clemson Opens Spring Season Sunday


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Clemson, SC--The Clemson Golf Team will open its spring schedule
February 8-10 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. The University of North
Florida will be the host of the three-day 54-hole event at Sawgrass
Country Club.


This year's field includes the top three teams in the Sagarin/
Golfweek rankings at the beginning of the spring season: Florida,
Clemson, and Georgia. Nine of the top 25 teams in the country are
scheduled to play the event.


With Clemson having a strong fall season, including five top five
finishes headed by a second place finish at The Farm, in Dalton, GA,
the Tigers will be looking for their first win of the year. Clemson
played in the event for the first time in 2003 finishing in second
place behind Augusta State.


Sawgrass Country Club is a 6,985-yard Par 72 layout with water on 14
of the 18 holes. The course will require length off the tee as well
as accurate approach shots into well-bunkered greens. Sawgrass
gained its reputation as home of the PGA Tour's Tournament Players
Championship from 1977-'81.


Seniors, Matt Hendrix and Gregg Jones will lead the Tigers at this
year's Mercedes -Benz Collegiate Championship. Junior Jack Ferguson
will round off this trio of returning All Americans for the Tiger
Golf Team. Hendrix had a 70.00 stroke average for the fall, placing
third in the Carpet Capital Collegiate Championship in Dalton, GA.
Jones had a 71.18 stroke average for the fall with his best finish
being a fifth at the Fall Preview. Ferguson is coming off a solid
fall season with a 70.91 stroke average with his best showing at the
Carpet Capital Collegiate finishing fifth.


Junior Brent Dealahoussaye and sophomore Brian Duncan will complete
the five- man team this weekend. Delahoussaye had a 72.64 stroke
average for the fall with a top ten finish at the Preview. Duncan
had a 73.75 stroke average for the fall season.


Former Clemson All-American D.J. Trahan is the defending individual
champion at the event. Trahan is playing his first event on the
Nationwide Tour this weekend in Panama.

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