AU's Hitchcock Winning Streak Ends At Four

Auburn couldn't make a run on the final day and finished fifth at the Billy Hitchcock Intercollegiate golf tournament.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn's run of four straight titles at its own Billy Hitchcock Intercollegiate golf invitational ended Sunday as UAB won a playoff over Arkansas at Saugahatchee Country Club.

The Tigers, who led after day one of the three-day event, finished fifth in the 12-team event and are looking to rebound before they try to defend their SEC title later this month at Sea Island, Ga.

"We have played good so far this spring," said Auburn junior Lee Williams, who was Auburn's top scorer with rounds of 71-72-72 to finish second individually. "Every now and then you aren't going to play your best and it is not good when you don't play your best at home, but I think everybody is going to be fine."

Lee Williams was Auburn's top finisher. He is shown during Sunday's action at Saugahatchee Country Club.

Williams finished five strokes off the pace set by Nathan Turner of UAB, who had rounds of 69, 70 and 70. Williams shot rounds of 71, 71 and 72 to finish at two-under-par 209. Auburn's Tyler McKeever shot 68, 70 and 78 to tie for seventh at 216.

"I am sure everyone is disappointed, but it is over with," Williams said. "We have got a lot of big tournaments ahead of us. If we win them, everybody will forget about this and won't even remember what happened here. All we need to do is leave this behind and just pretend that it didn't happen and pick up the next tournament how we we were playing before this tournament. I think we will be fine."

In their bid for a third spring tournament title, the Tigers led after day one by five shots over College of Charleston. However, UAB took the lead in round two with a tournament record 277 one-round total while Auburn slumped to 298 and dropped to third place. Auburn shot a 297 on Sunday to fall to fifth, one stroke behind Georgia State and College of Charleston, teams that finished in a tie with 881 totals.

Tyler McKeever was in contention for the individual title until falling off the pace in the final round.

Auburn was followed by Vanderbilt (884), Mississippi State (876), FSU and Southeastern Louisiana (900), Alabama (901), Memphis (904) and Ole Miss (905).

Last year, Auburn shot three-under-par 861 to win the title by six shots over Southeastern Louisiana and by nine strokes over SMU. Kevin Haefner, who was a senior, won the individual title with a nine-under-par finish with rounds of 69-70-68 on the 6,689-yard course.

Auburn sophomore Will Claxton and freshman Stuart Moore finished tied for 44th at 229. Claxton had rounds of 76, 79 and 74 while Moore shot 74, 78, 77. Senior Jay Mundy shot 74, 82, 74 to finish in 52nd.

"It was a tough tournament for us," Auburn coach Mike Griffin said. "My hat is off to UAB. They played very well. This will be a learning experience for us, but we have to put it behind us. I am proud of the guys. They fought really hard today."

Junior Jonathan Dismuke's score didn't count in the Auburn team total, but he finished 10th in the individual competition at 218 with rounds of 72, 72, 74 as he tries to get back into the five-player lineup. Freshman Andrew Medley shot 72-76-74 for a 222 total and finished tied for 21st. Sophomore Matthew Myers finished 35th with a 71-74-82 with a 227 total. Junior Lee Wilson shot 75-79-75 for a 229 for 44th. Sophomore Manuel Offermanns shot 75-79-76 to finish in 52nd at 230.

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