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Donaldson Leads Seminole Men’s Golf Team At ACC Championship

April 23, 2001

Florida State senior Mark Donaldson shot a near-career-best three-round score of 220 and finished in a tie for 22nd place at the 48th annual Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Golf championship at Disney’s Magnolia Course. Donaldson came within three strokes of establishing a career-low as he completed all three rounds of the tournament at two-over par or less.

Second-ranked Georgia Tech held off Clemson and Wake Forest in the final round to win its seventh team championship. Clemson senior John Engler went wire-to-wire to win the fifth individual title for the Tigers.

Georgia Tech, which began Sunday’s round one shot behind Wake Forest, shot an eight-under par 280 to win going away by an eight shot margin over defending-champion Clemson. Wake Forest, which went two-over par for the third round, finished in third place, nine shots off the winning pace.

“It was quite a tough championship because Wake Forest and Clemson, who played in the same group with us, were tough throughout,” said Bruce Heppler. “We had to play our best to pull it off. It was a lot tougher than the eight-shot victory margin would indicate.”

Virginia finished in fourth place at 859, five-under par. NC State was fifth, North Carolina sixth, Duke seventh, Florida State eighth and Maryland ninth.

Engler, who had not finished lower than tied for fifth in his previous three ACC championship tournaments, started fast with an opening day 66, added a two-under par 70 on the second day and closed with a 67 in the third round to finish with a record 54-hole total 203. The previous best 54-hole score was a 204 posted by Wake Forest’s Gary Hallberg in 1980.

Engler has earned All-ACC honors each of the last two years and was a second-team All-America a year ago. He is the first Clemson individual winner since Charlie Warren who won in 1998. Engler is currently the fifth-ranked golfer in the collegiate rankings.

Georgia Tech’s Bryce Molder, who captured the medal a year ago, finished two shots behind Engler with a 205. Molder is the top-ranked individual golfer in the collegiate rankings.

Virginia senior Cameron Yancey placed third in the individual competition with a 211 while teammate Steve Marino and Wake Forest’s Brent Wanner tied for fourth at 212.

A year ago, Clemson won the team title and Molder won the individual championship. This year it was the reverse with Georgia Tech taking the team honors and Clemson wrapping up the individual crown.

ACC Championship
Disney’s Magnolia Course, Lake Buena Vista, Fla./April 20-22, 2001
8/9 Team 302 298 297 897 +33
T22. Mark Donaldson 73 73 74 220 +4
T31. Kris Hannah 75 74 73 222 +6
39. Andy Lewis 78 76 73 227 +11
40. Rick Westbrook 77 75 77 229 +13
42. Rusty Mosley 77 77 78 232 +16

ACC Championship
Disney’s Magnolia Course, Lake Buena Vista, Fla./April 20-22, 2001
1. Georgia Tech 280 285 280 845 -19
2. Clemson University 284 284 285 853 -11
3. Wake Forest Univ. 281 283 290 854 -10
4. Virginia 289 283 287 859 -5
5 North Carolina State 287 289 294 870 +6
6 North Carolina 290 286 297 873 +9
7 Duke University 291 293 290 874 +10
8 Florida State Univ. 302 298 297 897 +33
9 Maryland 312 295 293 900 +36
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