Bozzelli And Tigers Dominate Gator Tourney

Auburn's number two men's golf team dominated the field at the Gator Invitational.

Gainesville, Fla.—Junior Dominic Bozzelli and the second-ranked Auburn men's golf team continued its hot streak in 2012 as the Tigers dominated the field at the Gator Invitational as Coach Nick Clinard's team won going away with a three-day total of 848 (+8). That was 16 shots better than Arkansas with Florida one shot behind the Razorbacks.

"It was a great win for Dominic and the team," head coach Nick Clinard said. "I am proud of all six of my players. We are happy, but we definitely didn't play our best today. We continue to have lots of work to do to be great. We need the next two weeks to work on our ball striking and short games."

Bozzelli won the individual title with a 8-under par total while teammates Blaine Barber (junior) finished tied for third with a round of 69 to close out the tournament. Bozzelli entered the tournament at No. 18 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings. His 202 total for the weekend there was the lowest since Graeme McDowell shot 200 in 2002 for UAB. Bozzelli and Florida's T.J. Vogel (3-under 207) were the only players to finish under par this year.

Sophomore Niclas Carlsson, who played as an individual, finished tied for sixth with a 4-over 214 for the tournament, which is his highest ranked finish since tying for fifth at last year's Gator Invitational. Junior Michael Hebert finished at a season-high ninth place after finishing at 5-over 215. Freshman Michael Johnson finished in the top 20 for the fourth time this season. The Birmingham, Ala., native tied for 19th at 9-over par. Jackson Beindorf rounded out the Tigers' lineup tied for 63rd at 20-over.

The win was Bozzelli's second victory in a row as he closed the fall season by sharing medalist honors with Texas A&M's Johannes Veerman at Georgia Tech's U.S. Collegiate, one of the fall's top tournaments. Bozzelli also is a former winner of the New York State Amateur (2011) and Eastern Amateur (2010) and he was a semifinalist at the 2008 U.S. Junior and has come on strong for the Tigers in his second season.

Auburn returns to action on February 25th at the Desert Intercollegiate in Palm Desert, Calif.


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