Clemson, SC-Former Clemson All-American Charles Warren fired a
four-under-par 68 on Sunday and won the BMW Charity Pro Am at the
Cliffs BUY.com event at the Cliffs Valley Course in Travelers Rest,
SC He captured the championship with a 23-under-par 264 score over
the four days, four strokes ahead of the field. The 1997 NCAA
Champion, who threw out the first pitch of the Clemson vs. Wake
Forest baseball game on Saturday night, won $94,500, his biggest
check as a professional.
It marked the second straight year a former Clemson golfer
had won the event. Last year Jonathan Byrd shot an 18-under-par
score to win the tournament title. Byrd used that victory to finish
eighth on the BUY.com money list and is now on the PGA Tour.
Warren had rounds of 67-65-64-68 for his four rounds and the
23-under score was just three shots off the all-time BUY.com record
of 26 under. For the four rounds Warren had 25 birdies and just four
bogeys. A key to his performance was the 12-13-14 holes on Valley
course. Over the last two rounds he birdied those three holes each
"This is a thrill of a lifetime," said Warren in accepting
the championship trophy, presentation televised live by the Golf
Channel. "I have had this event marked on my calendar. This is like
a major to me. To have all the support from the Clemson people all
week was just terrific. My putting was the key. I made putts all
It was the first professional victory for Warren, who was a
two-time ACC Champion during his time (1994-98) at Clemson. He
earned his degree in May of 1998 and has been on the PGA or BUY.com
tours ever since. Last year at this time he was recovering from
shoulder surgery and served as an on-course announcer for the Golf
Channel as he watched Byrd win the championship.
It marked the seventh time a former Clemson golfer had won a
BUY.com tour event. Kevin Johnson, who also competed in Greenville
this weekend, leads the way with three wins. Chris Patton and
Clarence Rose also won BUY.com events in their careers.
Warren was one of five golfers with Clemson connections who
made the cut at the BMW Charity Pro Am at the Cliffs. Charles
Raulerson, who played two years at Clemson before transferring,
finished 14th with a 12-under-par score (274). Johnson finished at
eight-under par 279, good enough for 35th. Current Clemson junior
D.J. Trahan shot a 74 on Sunday, but still finished at seven-under
par 280, good enough for 45th. John Engler, an All-American on last
year's team, shot a third straight 71 and finished 54th. He had a
282 score for the four days.
Clemson at the BMW Charity Pro Am at the Cliffs
Charles Warren 67-65-64-68 264 -23 1st
Charles Raulerson 71-69-68-67 274 -12 14th
Kevin Johnson 74-66-68-71 279 -8 35th
D.J. Trahan 67-70-69-74 280 -7 45th
John Engler 69-71-71-71 282 -5 54th
Clemson Tigers Buy.com Tour Victories
Golfer Year Event
Chris Patton 1993 Albuquerque Open
Clarence Rose 1995 Pensacola Open
Kevin Johnson 1997 Puget Sound Open
1999 South Carolina Classic
2000 Permian Basin Classic
Jonathan Byrd 2001 Charity Pro-Am at the Cliffs
Charles Warren 2002 Charity Pro-Am at the Cliffs
Byrd Finishes Tied for Third at Greater Greensboro Open
Clemson, SC-Former Clemson All-American Jonathan Byrd fired a final
round 66 and finished tied for third at the Greater Greensboro Open
on Sunday. It was the best finish of the young season for Byrd, who
is a rookie on the PGA Tour.
Byrd and former Clemson teammate Charles Warren had a
productive weekend. Warren won the BUY.com event at the Cliffs
Valley Course in Travelers Rest. Byrd won that event a year ago.
On Sunday, Byrd birdied three of the first five holes and
finished the day with six birdies and no bogeys. It was his best
finish of the year, better than the 15th place ranking he had at the
Tucson Open earlier this year. The 66 on Sunday was his best final
round and two shots off his career best of 64, a figure he posted in
the second round at Tucson this year.
Byrd finished with rounds of 72-71-69-66, 10-under par. In
fact, on Friday he was in danger of missing the cut, but he birdied
two of the last three holes and went on to the strong weekend. He
was 58th after two rounds and 22nd after three rounds before closing
with his 66 on Sunday for his first career top five finish.
Chad Campbell, also a member of the BUY.com Tour last year,
had a bogey five on the last hole, and tied Byrd at 10-under-par.