Auburn Runs Away With Tiger Invitational

Auburn won the Tiger Invitational in impressive fashion on Tuesday, defeating runner-up Kennesaw State by 19 shots.

Opelika, Ala.--Staked to a big lead after day one of the Tiger Invitational sponsored by Jason Dufner on Grand National's Lake Course, the No. 28 ranked Auburn men's golf team didn't take its foot off the gas on Tuesday as Jake Mondy, Will Long and Daniel Stringfellow all fired rounds of 69 (-3) on the way to a final round 278 and a 22-under par finish.

That easily outdistanced second-place Kennesaw State, the only other team under par for the tournament at three-under-par. Mississippi State finished third with a +9 total with Memphis (+11) and Auburn's ‘B' Team fifth with a +15 total.

"The first round and the last round the guys played fantastic," Auburn Coach Nick Clinard said. "We had a few hiccups in the second round, but that's going to happen over a 36-hole day. They came out today focused and ready to go.

"We've got a great team," he added. "I think we've got a chance to have one of the best teams we've ever had. We've got to clean up a few things and it's all fixable stuff, like how we play par fives and our wedge game. If we do that then watch out."

Tournament sponsor Jason Dufner poses with the Auburn Tigers

Depth is the key for the Tigers and that showed up in the win. Leading the way was senior Niclas Carlsson. Firing a final round 73, he was the top individual for Auburn at eight-under par for the three rounds. Just behind him was Stringfellow with a seven-under total and Mondy at four-under as well to round out a strong trio for the Tigers. Rounding out Auburn's tournament total were Long (-1) and Matt Gilchrest (+4).

"Niclas is our senior leader and he has played fantastic this year," Clinard said. "As long as he keeps his patience he has a chance to win every week. He's a fantastic player. The freshmen have played well. Will Long is really competitive. Matt Gilchrist is super talented as well."

It was a big win in year two of the Tiger Invitational as Auburn continues to move forward with the tournament in the hopes of making it an annual big draw for top teams from around the country. Having Dufner associated with it should do nothing but improve the name down the road, something he's excited about.

"I live here in town and I'm close with the athletic department and I'm close with some of the guys and Nick Clinard," Dufner said. "We didn't have an event a couple of years ago so I wanted to get involved and have an event. I think it's important, it seems like all the top programs in the country have a golf event they can be proud of. We're in year two and kind of learning what we do well and what we need to do better. We're looking to make this event better and stronger for next year."


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