They were matched together in the third round of the PGA Tour event, golfers playing against the best professionals in the world, one from South Carolina, the other from Clemson.
There wasn't so much as a hint of rivalry during the Quail Hollow Championship last month between these good friends, the Gamecock Brett Quigley and the Tiger D.J. Trahan.
Nothing surprising about that, really. There isn't much to approximate a competitive golf rivalry in terms of accomplishments attained between the schools.
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"There really isn't a rivalry with us," South Carolina alumnus Quigley said after a 1-over 73 left him at 2-over after three rounds at the Quail Hollow Championship. "Their program, unfortunately I guess, has been a little more successful than ours.
"They've been involved nationally more than we have and out here (on the PGA Tour), it just isn't fair," he said, smiling. "It's like what, five to one against me?"
Trahan won the Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus awards as a junior at Clemson in 2002 and was a member of the school's national championship team the following year. The best result nationally for South Carolina was 22 years ago when the Gamecocks finished eighth.
Clemson has had 50 All-America selections and rang up a string of at least one in nine consecutive seasons from 1996 to 2004. Many of them have stayed close to the program, and their prominence on Tour has helped recruit more good golfers to the school, Quigley said.
"They've had such a good run of players, and Clemson seems to make them feel a part of things," Quigley said. "I think you have young (golfers) seeing those guys on Tour or going to the NCAAs or whatever and they think, 'Hey, I can do that, I'm going to give it a shot.'
"They do a great job with their (Tiger Pride) fundraiser," he said. "We really don't do much."
Quigley said, as the only South Carolina alumnus on Tour, he's not been asked by the school to help in fundraising for golf.
"I'd love to do that," said the Rhode Island resident, "I'd come down in a minute for that, but nobody's ever asked me. I'd be excited to help out any way I can, because I know Lucas (Glover, Clemson 2009 U.S. Open champion), D.J., all those guys are still involved at Clemson. We just don't have that at South Carolina."