The Tigers are 13 shots behind first-place Liberty University, which carded a first-round score of five-under-par 283. SMU finished in second at 288, while UNLV and Tulsa finished tied for third at 293. Texas Tech rounds out the top five with a six-over score of 294.
The top five teams after three rounds in the 14-team East Regional advance to the NCAA Championships at the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles.
"It is a disappointing round for us," said Auburn head coach Nick Clinard. "We are better than that, but we have two more rounds and we are still trying to win this golf tournament. We have to come out Friday and be positive and see what happens."
Blayne Barber, the SEC's leader in scoring average at 70.66, shot even par on the front nine and one-over after the turn. The junior carded a one-over-par 73 for the first round.
Freshman Michael Johnson shot one-under par before the turn, but bogies on holes 16 and 17 left him at one-over par for the first round with a score of 73.
Niclas Carlsson reeled off three-straight birdies on the front nine, finishing two-under before the turn. But the Enebyberg, Sweden native had a rough four-hole stretch on the back nine that included a double-bogey on 13 followed by three-straight bogies. The sophomore finished the day with a two-over 74.
After shooting four-over on the front nine with three bogies and a double bogey, Dominic Bozzelli settled down after the turn, shooting even par on the back nine to card a first round score of 76.
Will McCurdy struggled in the first round, finishing with five bogeys and a double bogey on 10 to finish with a four-over 76 for the first round. Either McCurdy or Bozzelli's score was dropped and does not count towards the team ranking.