Tigers Headed West for NCAA Golf Regional

Auburn, Ala.--Coach Nick Clinard's Auburn Tigers are headed to Colorado for the NCAA Men's Golf Regional Tournament.

The Tigers, who are ranked ninth nationally, will compete May 19-21 at the Colorado National Golf Club in Erie. It is the 20th regional tournament bid for the Tigers in the past 22 years.

Auburn will try to bounce back from its worst outing of the season, a seventh place finish at the SEC Championship.

The top five teams at the regional as well as the top two individuals not on a qualifying team will advance to the 2011 NCAA Championships set for May 31-June 5 at the Karsten Creek Golf Course in Stillwater, Okla. The other regional sites include Tucson, Ariz., Ocala, Fla., Zionsville, Ind., Santa Fe, Calif., and Blacksburg, Va.

Oklahoma State, which is ranked No. 1 nationally, is the top seed in Auburn's regional. Georgia, which is ranked 12th, is the No. 2 seed. No. 25 Clemson is the fourth seed followed by Chattanooga, TCU, North Florida, New Mexico State, Northwestern, Colorado State, San Jose State and Denver.

"We have had a great year and have had a month off now," Clinard said on Monday after learning of his team's destination. "The team is looking forward to regional play. We need to go out there with the right attitude and play to win. We get to play against No. 1 team in the country. What more could you want in a regional?"

Commenting on the Colorado National Club, Clinard said, "It is a lot like a links course. It looks like a course you might see in the Northeast and should be a great challenge. The ball goes a little bit farther because of altitude."

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