Tiger Golf Ranks First

Clemson was ranked first in the nation in the final Sagarin/Golfweek computer rankings released on Monday. D.J. Trahan, Jack Ferguson and Matt Hendrix were all ranked in the top 10 of the final individual rankings. It marked the first time Clemson has had three of the top 10 players in the final computer rankings.

Clemson, who won the school's first golf national championship on the course last Friday at Karsten Creek in Stillwater, OK, is a full rating point ahead of second place Florida. Clemson had a 69.67 final team rating, ahead of Florida's 70.67.

The distance between Clemson and Florida in the poll rating is greater than the distance between Florida and 16th place Minnesota, who has a 71.60 ranking, an indication of Clemson's dominance this year.

Clemson had a 115-8-3 record against the other top 25 teams this year and an overall record of 183-8-3, the best winning percentage (.950) in Clemson history. Clemson had 115 wins over top 25 teams and the second best total was the 80 turned in by Wake Forest and Oklahoma State.

Trahan finished second in the Sagarin/Golfweek computer ranking for the second straight year. He had a nation leading 82 wins over top 25 players, 12 more than teammate Ferguson, who was second with 70 top 25 wins. Hunter Mahan of Oklahoma State was ranked first with a 68.69 rating, while Trahan was second at 69.22.

Ferguson, who improved his stroke average by over three shots per round this year, was ranked fifth in the nation with a 69.62 figure, while Matt Hendrix was ninth at 69.89.

ACC players Bill Haas of Wake Forest (third) and Troy Matteson of Georgia Tech (fourth) were also in the top 10, giving the ACC four of the top five and five of the top 10 players in the nation according to the rankings.

Gregg Jones, who was a first-team All-ACC golfer for the Tigers this year, was ranked 41st in the final rankings. Senior Ben Duncan, who made a significant contribution to Clemson's championship with three counting scores in the four days in Stillwater, was ranked 144th in the final rankings.

While Trahan begins his professional career on the PGA Tour this weekend, Ferguson, Hendrix and Jones all return next season. All three have been All-Americans at some time or another in their careers at Clemson. The 2003-04 Clemson team will be the first in school history with three returning first, second or third team All-Americans.

Final Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings
	Rk	School	        Points
	1.	Clemson         69.67
	2.	Florida         70.67
	3.	Wake Forest     70.76
	4.	Oklahoma State  70.81
	5.	Texas           70.90
	6.	Augusta State   70.94
	7.	Arizona         70.98
	8.	UCLA            71.05
	9.	UNLV            71.14
	10.	North Carolina  71.17
Final Individual Rankings
	Rk	Player, School	Points
	1.	Hunter Mahan, Oklahoma St.	68.69
	2.	D.J. Trahan, Clemson 	69.22
	3.	Bill Haas, Wake Forest	69.57
	4.	Troy Matteson, Georgia Tech	69.60
	5.	Jack Ferguson, Clemson 	69.62
	6.	Ricky Barnes, Arizona	69.65
	7.	Brandt Snedeker, Vanderbilt	69.82
	8.	Nick Watney, Fresno State	69.83
	9.	Matt Hendrix, Clemson 	69.89
	10.	Chris Nallen, Arizona	69.95

CUTigers.com Top Stories