AU Golfers Still In 2nd At SEC Championship

The Auburn men's golf team lost ground to the leader in day two at the SEC Championship.

Sea Island, Ga.--Auburn held on to second place, but is sharing it with South Carolina going into Sunday's final round of the SEC Men's Golf Tournament at the Seaside Course.

After shooting a six-under-par 274 on Friday the Tigers finished at one-over-par 281 on Saturday as first-round leader Alabama pulled away from the field. The Tide led Auburn by two strokes after round one, but extended its lead to 17 shots with a 14-under-par 266 on Saturday.

Senior Niclas Carlsson led the Tigers again on Saturday with a one-under-par 69 to move to four-under-par 136, which puts him in sixth place individually behind Alabama's Bobby Wyatt, who is eight shots clear of the field at 14-under-par after shooting a 61 on Saturday.

Carlsson finished his round with four birdies, three bogeys and 12 pars on a day when the average round was a 71.5 on the par 70 course.

Auburn freshman Will Long, who shot even-par 70 on Saturday, is tied for eighth place at one-under-par 139.

Jake Mondy, who shot a 70 on Saturday with 16 pars and Matt Gilchrest, who posted a 72, are tied for 15th at even par 140. The Tigers did not have to count a 77 by Daniel Stringfellow, who is tied for 62nd place at 152.

"I'm proud of the guys today as they hung tough all the way to the end," Auburn head coach Nick Clinard said. "We didn't have our best stuff today, but we are excited about being in the final pairing in tomorrow's final round for the third straight year. It should be a fun, competitive day."

LSU is in fourth place at 559, four shots behind Auburn going into the final 18 holes on Sunday. Georgia is in fifth at 561 while Arkansas is sixth at 567.

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