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Eades Leads Terps At ACC Men's Golf Tourney
Courtesy: Maryland Athletics
Release: 04/20/2003

April 20, 2003

NEW LONDON, N.C. - Clemson's Tigers pulled off the greatest comeback in the history of Atlantic Coast Conference men's golf when they rallied with six holes to play to edge Wake Forest by a single stroke and capture the 50th annual championship played over the Old North State course at Uwharrie Point.

University of Maryland finished in ninth place with a 54-hole score of 919. Freshman John Eades was the Terps' low man, placing in a tie for 12th with a three-round score of 220. Down by nine shots with six holes to play, the Tigers unleashed a barrage of birdies while the Deacons struggled. Sophomore Jack Ferguson's birdie on the finishing hole was the crowning blow. Without the birdie the team title would have ended in a tie.

Clemson coach Larry Penley said, "I have been in a lot of tournaments, but I have never won like this." Wake coach Jerry Haas responded, "What can I say, Clemson put it all together on the back nine and we couldn't stay up with them."

While the battle for the team title was going on, North Carolina junior Richard Treis, a native of Germany, calmly walked away with the individual crown with a two-under-par 70 while Wake Forest's Bill Haas, the individual leader after each of the first two rounds was finishing up with a four-over par 76. Haas, who had rounds of 69 and 68 the first two days, entered the third round with a four stroke lead over Treis.

Treis was five-over on the front, but caught fire on the back. He had five birdies coming in along with a couple of bogeys. His first birdie was at No. 11, but he gave it back with a bogey at No.12. He had three straight birdies at 14, 15 and 16 before a three-putt bogey on 17, but his birdie at 18 insured his victory.

"When I made that last birdie putt, I didn't know what it meant," Treis said after the round. "All of us in my group struggled the first nine holes. I was just thinking about getting through with a decent score. Coming into the tournament, I felt like I could finish in the top five, but didn't dream I'd win."

Haas had three bogies and a double on the front side to go with a single birdie to make the turn with a five-over 41. He had a single birdie and eight pars on the back for a one-under 35 for his round of 76.

The team championship was the seventh for the Tigers, who also shared one title. It was the first crown since the win by the 2000 team.

Clemson's winning score was a one-over par 865 with Wake Forest second at 866. North Carolina finished in third place at 869. Georgia Tech, the winner the past two years, finished fourth at 881, followed byDuke at 892, N.C. State at 900, Virginia at 902, Florida State at 917, and Maryland 919.


Fin.         Team                     Scores  
         1   Clemson University       294  286  285    865
         2   Wake Forest Univ.        293  282  291    866
         3   North Carolina, U of     290  286  293    869
         4   Georgia Tech             305  287  289    881
         5   Duke University          303  292  297    892
         6   North Carolina State     312  295  293    900
         7   Virginia, U. of          310  298  294    902
         8   Florida State Univ.      311  305  301    917
         9   Maryland, U. of          311  299  309    919

Fin. Top 20 Players School Scores 1 Richard Treis N Carolina 72 69 70 211 2 Bill Haas Wk. Forest 69 68 76 213 3 Troy Matteson Ga. Tech 74 67 73 214 Jack Ferguson Clemson 72 72 70 214 5 Brent Wanner Wk. Forest 72 69 75 216 Thomas Jordan Ga. Tech 76 69 71 216 7 Ramon Bescansa N Carolina 72 70 75 217 Matt Hendrix Clemson 76 73 68 217 9 D.J. Trahan Clemson 77 68 73 218 Dustin Bray N Carolina 71 72 75 218 11 Chris Yoder Wk. Forest 74 70 75 219 12 Leif Olson Duke 75 72 73 220 John Eades Maryland 73 75 72 220 14 Ben Duncan Clemson 72 75 74 221 15 Justin Goodhue Virginia 77 71 74 222 Jeremy Luce Virginia 76 77 69 222 17 Jason Moon NC State 80 68 75 223 Tom Lefebvre Duke 75 72 76 223 Jeremy Elliott N Carolina 75 75 73 223 20 Chad Wilfong Wk. Forest 78 75 72 225 Stephen Lewton NC State 77 72 76 225 Gregg Jones Clemson 74 73 78 225

9 Maryland, U. of 311 299 309 919 T 12 John Eades 73 75 72 220 T 34 John Moheyer 75 75 82 232 T 39 Tim Kane 80 74 80 234 42 Dan MacDonald 85 75 75 235 T 44 Jeff Spradlin 83 76 83 242



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