It was the first tournament of the spring for the Tigers, who are ranked third by the Golf Coach's Association and second by the Sagarin computer rankings.
South Carolina won the event with a score of 861, 27 shots
better than second-place Oklahoma State and Florida. The Tigers were
tied for fourth with Texas at 889, one shot behind the two second
place teams. Tennessee was sixth at 891, followed by LSU at 895.
Host school North Florida was tied for eighth with Kentucky at 898.
Georgia was 10th at 900, while NC State was 11th at 905. Other ACC
schools in the field were Duke (14th at 914), North Carolina (16th at
915) and Florida State (17th at 919).
It marked just the third time South Carolina had finished
higher than Clemson in the same tournament in the last 20 events over
the last four years and it broke a 13-tournament streak of higher
finishes for the Tigers in head to head competition.
Jones had rounds 77-66-72 in finishing tied for third with
Jake Thompson of South Carolina. Jones's 66 in the second round tied
for his career best at Clemson. He had a steady even-par round on
Tuesday, including nine straight pars on the back nine. Jason
Hartwick from Texas won the event with a 211 score, three shots
better than Erick Johansen of South Carolina. Hartwick fired a 67
in the final round.
Jack Ferguson was Clemson's second best golfer at the event
with a 14th place finish. He had a 75 on Tuesday to go with a 70 in
the second round and an opening round 76. Matt Hendrix struggled on
Tuesday with two double bogeys on the back nine and finished 34th at
225. He shot a 76 in the first round and the final round. Hendrix
had not shot over a 73 so far this year.
Brian Duncan fired a 76 on Tuesday and finished at 239, 78th
place. His opening round 88 certainly hurt his chances for a high
individual finish. Brent Delahoussaye shot an 80 on Tuesday, his
high round of the year and finished 62nd.
Clemson will next be in action at the Puerto Rico Classic,
February 22-24 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
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