Byrd Leads After Two Rounds of BC Open

Jonathan Byrd shot a season best 65 and 2004 Clemson senior Matt Hendrix made his first professional cut to highlight an active Friday of golf by former and current Clemson golfers.

Byrd has had rounds of 67-65 and holds a one shot lead at the BC Open at Endicott, NY. His Friday round included nine birdies and two bogeys. It was his low round on the PGA Tour since October 9, 2003 when he had a 65 at the Las Vegas Open. Byrd has now made the cut in each of his last three tournaments and four of his last five.

Through 36 holes, the native of Columbia has 13 birdies an eagle, and just three bogeys. He has played with consistency as he has reached the green in regulation 83 percent of the time. Byrd is trying to gain his second career win on the PGA Tour. In 2002, his rookie year, he won the Buick Challenge with a career best 27-under-par score of 261.

Byrd was one of three former Tigers to make the cut at the BC Open. Lucas Glover had a second round 74 to go with an opening round 67 and stands at three under par. Matt Hendrix, an All-American on Clemson's 2003 and 2004 teams, made his first professional cut on Friday after carding a second round 70. He stands at 142 after two rounds, two-under-par.

Clemson also has some former players making noise on the Nationwide Tour at Pete Dye West Virginia Classic. Former Clemson All-American D.J. Trahan shot a second round 70 and stands at eight-under-par 136 after two rounds, good enough for seventh place. Former Tigers Kevin Johnson and Charles Warren also made the cut at two-under-par.

On the Gateway Tour at Myrtle Beach, SC, Ben Duncan fired a 72-hole score of 269 to finish third at Sea Trail Plantation. Duncan was 19-under-par for the four rounds and did not have bogey over his final three days of play. He shot in the 60s all four rounds, including a 69 in the final round. He lost by three shots to Steven Wheatcroft, who was at 22 under-par 266. It was the fourth top 10 finish for Duncan in six Gateway Tour events so far this summer.

At the Player's Amateur at Belfair Golf Club in Bluffton, SC, Clemson rising senior Brent Delahoussaye is tied for second after two rounds with a six-under-par 138. He shot his second consecutive round of 69 on Friday. Also in the field from Clemson are 2005 Clemson teammates Jack Ferguson and Brian Duncan. Ferguson has rounds of 72-73 for 145 so far, while Duncan is at 75-71 for a 146 total.

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