Former Clemson All-American Lucas Glover won the Nationwide Tour's Gila River Golf Classic Sunday. Glover, a native of Greenville and Wade Hampton High School, had a final round 67 on Sunday to win the event with a 270 total, one shot ahead of three other golfers. The event was held at the par 72 Wild Horse Pass Resort in Chandler, Arizona.
It was Glover's first professional tournament title and the
victory moved him to #13 on the Nationwide money list. With just
two more regular season Nationwide Tour events, Glover is now assured
of finishing in the top 20 on the money list and will thus play on
the PGA Tour in 2004.
Glover had rounds of 67-69-67-67 in claiming the championship
by one shot over John Elliott, Tommy Tolles and Robin Freeman.
Glover had to watch all three players come up the 18th hole with a
chance to tie his 270 score, but all three failed. Freeman had the
last chance, but his eight-foot putt missed, giving Glover the
Glover double bogeyed the 10th hole, then bogeyed the 11th,
putting him three strokes out of the lead. But birdies on 12, 13 and
16, followed by an eagle on 17, gave him a two shot lead. His
30-foot putt on 17 gave him his only eagle of the week. He bogeyed
the 18th hole, but still gained the victory by a shot.
Glover played for the Tigers from 1998-2001. He was a
starter all four years and earned first-team All-America honors for
Larry Penley's team in 2000 and 2001. He helped the Tigers to a
second-place national finish in 1998 and 2001, the highest final
rankings in Clemson history prior to the 2003 National Championship.
With the victory, a former Clemson golfer has now won a
Nationwide Tour event five consecutive years. Kevin Johnson won the
1999 South Carolina Classic and the 2000 Permian Basic Classic.
Jonathan Byrd won the 2001 Charity Pro Am at the Cliffs, while
Charles Warren won the same event the following year.
Glover Wins Nationwide Tournament
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