Tigers Struggle On Opening Day Of NCAA Golf

Auburn got off to a slow start in the opening round of the NCAA Men's Golf Tournament and was unable to turn it around on day one of the competition.

Atlanta, Ga.--Shooting a 12-over-par round of 292 on Tuesday, the Auburn men's golf team finds itself near the back of the pack after the first day of play at the NCAA Men's Golf Championship.

The Tigers are 22 strokes behind the leader, Arizona State, after 18 holes of action at the Capital City Club Crabapple Course. Auburn is tied with New Mexico for 27th place.

"It was a tough day for us as we never got much going from the start," Auburn coach Nick Clinard said. "Our putting was extremely poor, but it is only one day. We will rebound tomorrow."

The top eight teams from the 30-team field will advance to the match play portion of the tournament following 54 holes of golf that ends on Thursday.

Dominic Bozzelli led the Tigers with a one over par 71 with a round that featured nine pars, five bogeys and four birdies.

Michael Johnson shot a 72, Jake Mondy added a 73 and Niclas Carlsson finished at 76. Michael Hebert, who did not have a birdie, shot a 77, but the Tigers did not have to count his score in the team total.

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