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Auburn's Golfers Struggled In the Opening Round of the NCAA Tournament

Auburn opened play on Friday evening at the NCAA Men's Golf Championship in Oregon and is well off the pace.

Matt Gilchrest (above) is Auburn's opening round leader.

Eugene, Ore.--After struggling with a 13-over-par team total of 293 on Friday, the Auburn Tigers have major work to do if they are going to make the 54-hole cut at the NCAA Men’s Golf Championships.

Auburn is in 26th place in the 30-team event at the Eugene Country Club. The top 15 teams will make the cut that comes on Sunday.

The Tigers are 11 shots out of first place, which is shared by Arkansas and TCU, which finished at two-over-par 282 on the par 70 course.

Matt Gilchrest led the Tigers with a round of 71 that included four birdies and five bogeys.

Auburn also counted scores of 73 from Michael Johnson and Jacob Solomon along with a 76 shot by Ben Schlottman. The Tigers were able to discard a 78 from Will Long.

Of the nine SEC teams in the field the ninth-ranked Tigers posted the worst opening round, one shot behind sixth-ranked Georgia.

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