AU Golfers Must Make A Move to Avoid Cut

The Auburn men's golf team improved on day two at the NCAA Tournament, but not enough to avoid missing the cut unless they make a big move on day three.

Atlanta, Ga.--Auburn shaved 13 strokes off its round one score, but the Tigers have a long way to go and a short time to get there if they want to avoid the cut at the NCAA Men's Golf Championship.

Coach Nick Clinard's team bounced back from 12-over-par opening round that put the Tigers in 27th place in the 30-team field. However, Wednesday's one-under-par round of 279 only moved the Tigers into a 23rd place tie with Texas Tech.

The top eight teams advance to the match play portion of the tournament. The cut line is currently at even par, meaning the Tigers are 12 shots behind eighth place Texas A&M. The leader, host Georgia Tech, is 12 shots under par, one stroke better than Cal.

Senior Dominic Bozzelli and junior Niclas Carlsson led the Tigers on Wednesday at the Capital City Club Crabapple Course.

Bozzelli finished at three-under-par 67 with a round that included four birdies, one bogey and 13 pars. Carlsson finished the day with a 69. He posted three birdies, two bogeys and 13 pars.

Auburn freshman Jake Mondy blasts out of a sand trap in Wednesday's competition at the Crabapple Course.

The Tigers also counted scores of 70 from Michael Johnson and 73 from Jake Mondy while the 74 by Michael Hebert was dropped.

"We played very well and rebounded nicely," Auburn coach Nick Clinard said. "Dominic, Niclas and Michael all had nice rounds. We made more putts today. We need to go out tomorrow and play more aggressive and make more putts. We want to finish in the top eight. It doesn't matter if we finish 15th, 18th or 25th."

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