Trahan Wins Nicklaus Award


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Clemson, SC-Clemson junior D.J. Trahan won the Jack Nicklaus Award
Monday as the top player in college golf for the 2001-02 academic
year. The Award is presented by the Golf Coaches Association of
America and is voted on by college coaches. Trahan was also named to
the Association's Ping All-America first-team. Teammate Gregg Jones,
a sophomore, was named a second-team All-American.


It is the second national award for Trahan in the last month. In
May, he won the Ben Hogan Award as the top amateur player in college
golf. The Hogan Award takes into account amateur tournaments in
addition to college events, while the Nicklaus Award considers only
the performance in college tournaments.


Both Trahan and Jones led the Tigers to a third-place finish at the
NCAA Tournament in Columbus, OH last weekend. Trahan finished eighth
overall with a 281 score, while Jones was 17th with a 283 score.
Trahan ranked second in the final Sagarin rankings, while Jones
finished 12th in the final rankings.


Trahan finished the year with a 70.33 stroke average, an all-time
Clemson single season record and the eighth lowest stroke average in
NCAA history. He set Clemson season marks for wins (three), top 10
finishes (10), under-par rounds (27), rounds in he 60s (16) and
rounds at par or better (34). He won the NCAA East Regional
Championship in May.


Jones finished the year with a 71.81 stroke average, eighth best in
Clemson history for a season. He had 10 rounds in the 60s and four
top 10 finishes, including a second place finish at the Augusta State
Invitational when he fired a 13-under-par 203 to tie a Clemson record
for low 54 hole score vs. par on a par 72 hole course. Jones
finished 11th at the ACC Tournament and 13th at the NCAA East
Regional.


Ping All-America Team

First-Team
Player   	Year	School   	Hometown
Bill Haas	So.	Wake Forest	Greer, SC
Ryan Hybl	So.	Georgia 	Colbert, GA
Hunter Mahan	So. 	Oklahoma St.	McKinney, TX
Troy Matteson	Jr.	Georgia Tech	Austin, TX
Graeme McDowell	Jr.	UAB     	Portrush, Northern Ireland
D.J. Trahan	Jr.	Clemson 	Inman, SC
Camilo Villegas	So	Florida  	Medellin, Colombia
Nick Watney	Jr.	Fresno St.	Dixon, CA
Lee Williamson	Sr.	Purdue  	Crawfordsville, IN
Oliver Wilson	Jr.	Augusta St.	Mansfield, England

Second Team
Player          	School
Dustin Bray     	North Carolina
Brendon de Jonge	Virginia Tech
Kevin Haefner   	Auburn
Gregg Jones     	Clemson
John Klauk      	Texas
Brock Mackenzie 	Washington
Kris Mikkelsen  	Georgia Tech
David Skinns    	Tennessee
Brandt Snedeker 	Vanderbilt
Kevin Stadler   	Southern Cal

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