Tigers Fade In NCAA Golf Regional

Auburn dropped six spots on the final day of play at the NCAA men's golf regional in Colorado.

Erie, Colo.--The Auburn men's golf folded at crunch time dropping from second place to eighth at the NCAA South Central Regional and missing a chance to compete at the nationals.

The Tigers shot a six-over-par 294 total on Saturday, the next to worst round of the 13 teams in the regional at the Colorado National Golf Club. Seven under par was the cutline to make the top five and advance to the nationals. Auburn's three-day total of 867 was three shots under par.

Sophomore Dominic Bozzelli led the Tigers with a three-under-par 69 on Saturday. Sophomore Blayne Barber shot a 73, freshman Niclas Carsson shot a 74, Michael Hebert and Kyle Kopsick finished with rounds of 78.

"It's definitely a disappointing finish after finishing in second after the first two rounds," Auburn coach Nick Clinard said. "As with everything, this was a learning experience for the team. We're young. We lose nobody following this year. I'm proud of the entire team for their focus and determination this season. They bring their heart and soul to the course and the practice facility every day of the week."

Oklahoma State showed why it is the nation's top-ranked team by crushing the field with a 31-under-par total of 833, which was 18 shots better than runnerup unranked Colorado State. Unranked Northwestern was third with an 855 total while 12th-ranked Georgia and 24th-ranked Arizona State tied for fourth place at 857 to advance to the nationals while the season ends for 13th-ranked Auburn.


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