Former Tigers Move on in PGA Tour Qualifying

D.J. Trahan and Ben Duncan, starters on Clemson's National Championship golf team just five months ago, both advanced through the first stage of PGA Tour Qualifying on Friday.

The former Clemson teammates both competed at the qualifying 72-hole tournament held at Florence Country Club in Florence, South Carolina this week.

Trahan, a two-time first-team All-American at Clemson, finished second in the field of 75 golfers with a 275 score, five-under-par. Duncan finished 16th with a 281 score, one-over-par. The top 21 golfers in the field advance to the second stage.

Trahan had rounds of 72-67-69-67 to finish behind leader Robert Conrad of Bellevue, WA. Duncan had rounds of 73-69-67-72 for his 281 total.

Elliott Gealy, who played for the Tigers from 1995-99, shot a four-round score of 290 and finished 44th. The second stage will be held at six sites around the country, three on November 12-15 and three from November 19-22. Duncan and Trahan will find out where they will be headed on Tuesday.

The third and final stage, a 108-hole event, will be held December 3-8. The top 35 golfers from the final stage will be given PGA Tour cards for 2004.

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