Tigers Golf Signs Four for 2005-06


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Clemson, SC-Clemson Head Golf Coach Larry Penley has announced the
signing of four student-athletes to national letters of intent. All
four will join the program for the 2005-06 academic year. It is the
largest signee class for Penley since he signed four student-athletes
in November of 1998. That class, led by D.J. Trahan, Gregg Jones,
Matt Hendrix and Michael Sims went on to win the 2003 National
Championship.


The signees for this year are Luke Hopkins of Greer, SC, Ben
Martin of Greenwood, SC, David May of Auburn, NY and Phillip Mollica
of Anderson, SC. "I couldn't be happier with this large and strong
class," said Penley, who has been Clemson's head coach since the
summer of 1983. "We signed the best players in South Carolina, but
also signed an out of state player in David May from New York. It is
a talented group and all four will have a chance to contribute next
year. They will immediately raise our level of competition within
the team and thus improve our level of play in national tournaments."

Hopkins reached the final eight of the Polo Match Play
Championship at Sea Island in November. He was an all-state player
in South Carolina as a junior and is already a four-time all-regional
selection. He was the regional player of the year in 2003.

"Hopkins is local, but played all over the nation as a junior
player," said Penley "He must be considered one of the top players
in the nation. He grew up a Clemson fan and has the all-around game
and experience to be a factor for us next year."

May is ranked seventh in the nation according to the Sagarin
National Junior Rankings. He was a 2004 AJGA Second-team
All-American and won two AJGA events during 2004. He was also the
2003 NYSGA New York State Junior Men's Champion.

"David has emerged to be among the best junior players in the
nation. I was most impressed with his ability to compete among the
best nationally on a consistent basis. He proved that last month
when he went to the finals of the Polo Match Play at Sea Island. He
is a terrific ball striker and putter."

Mollica was the recipient of the 2003 Jay Haas Award as the
South Carolina Junior Golf Player of the Year. A member of the T.L.
Hanna varsity since the seventh grade, he finished second at the 4A
State Championship last year at Furman.

"Phillip knows how to win tournaments. He is a lefty and we have
had a lot of success with lefty players in our program. He also
putts well and is a long hitter, who is still growing. He is
another player who has grown up following our program since he was
about 10."

Martin has been a four-year letterman and team MVP at
Greenwood High School. He was an all-region and all-state selection
under Michael Hudson and finished sixth in the 4A State Championship
last year. His father, Tommy Cox, played baseball at Clemson in
the 1940s.


"Ben Martin is a late bloomer who is capable of scoring low numbers.
He had a 65 in the United States Junior qualifying that really stood
out. He was taught by Billy Delk, who is the father of one of my
former players (Thump Delk) and is a fundamentally sound player.
Ben is a terrific student who is second in his class at Greenwood High

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