Auburn 7th After First Day Of NCAA Regional

Auburn is in the mix after the first day of the NCAA Lubbock Regional.

Lubbock, Tex.--After an up-and-down performance in the first day of competition at the NCAA Men's Golf Lubbock Regional first round on Thursday the No. 7 Auburn Tigers find themselves in seventh place, but just a shot out of fifth after firing a four-under-par 280 score.

No. 2 Texas leads at 11-under 273, a shot ahead of Houston (274) followed by Duke (276), No. 9 Texas Tech (278), Purdue (279), No. 25 California (279), No. 7 Auburn (280), Louisville (283), Southeastern Louisiana (285) and Charleston Southern (286).

UC-Irvine and Georgia State are tied for 11th at 287 ahead of No. 23 North Florida (291).

The top five teams and one individual not on those teams qualify for the 119th NCAA Men's Golf Championship in Bradenton, Fla., at The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla., May 29-June 3.

Individually, junior All-SEC selection Michael Johnson led the way for Tigers with a two-under 69 and is tied for 13th overall. Sophomore All-SEC Matt Gilchrest and fellow sophomore Ryan Benton are tied for 21st at one-under 70 following the first day. Senior Dan Stringfellow is tied for 35th at even par 71 while All-SEC freshman Ben Schlottman is tied for 68th after shooting a 76, his worst round of the year.

“We didn’t have our best stuff today and didn’t have all five of our guys in it early,” said Auburn head coach Nick Clinard. “Ben struggled a little bit, but he is a big-time player and will be there for us the next two days.

“We are still trying to figure out the golf course a little bit,” he added. “We haven’t played a lot of golf in Texas. It is playing faster today and the ball is bouncing a little bit more. You look at the leaderboard and you see a lot of the Texas schools there. We need to do a better job of adapting and get ready for tomorrow.”

Auburn will tee off on No. 10 at 8 a.m. CDT with Louisville and Southeastern Louisiana in Friday's second round. The third and final round is Saturday.

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