Clemson University

Clemson golf coach advances in Mid-Amateur even

Clemson assistant golf coach Jordan Byrd advanced to the second round of the U.S. Mid-Amateur this week by firing a two-round 150.

Byrd was one of 32 players who advanced in the match-play championship, played in Bandon, Ore. Byrd beat Thomas McGraw (Montgomery, Texas) in the first round and drew Brandon Kearney (Bend, Ore.) in the semifinal.

The winner of the tournament receives an automatic bid to the 2008 Masters. Should Byrd win, he will join his brother, former Clemson great Jonathan Byrd, who has already qualified for the Masters.

• PLAYER OF THE WEEK: South Carolina began its men's soccer conference season with a 1-0 win over Alabama-Birmingham and its second weekly conference honor.

Freshman goalie Jimmy Maurer was named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week after collecting six saves and posting his fourth shutout of the season against the Blazers. The Gamecocks improved to 6-3 and 1-0 in the league.

Playing in just his eighth collegiate game, Maurer improved his numbers to 43 saves and an 0.89 goals-against average. He joined teammate Blake Brettschneider on the award list after Brettschneider won C-USA Offensive Player of the Week last month.

• SMOKIN': The Clemson volleyball team won its seventh straight match last week by sweeping Virginia 3-0. Clemson has only lost one game in its last seven matches and improved to 11-2, 4-0 in the ACC.

Defensive specialist Sue Eckman led the charge against the Cavaliers, deciding the match with an ace and completing a run of three straight points. Eckman took the LSAT exam in the morning and drove from Greenville to Clemson for the evening match.

Meghan Steiner had 11 kills and Lia Proctor had 10. Kelsey Murphy had 40 assists.

• EARLY START: Clemson fans will be able to get an early preview of the Tigers' baseball team when the squad plays an intersquad scrimmage at Greenville's West End Field.

Clemson and Furman will play two separate scrimmages Oct. 10 at the field, which is modeled as a replica of Boston's Fenway Park. Tickets are $5 and Furman takes the field at 3 p.m., with Clemson set to play at 7 p.m.

Players from each team will be available for photos and autographs between the games. To purchase tickets, call (864) 240-4528.