Ben Schlottman and the Tigers saw their season end on Sunday.
Eugene, Ore.--Auburn posted a 15-over-par finish on its final six holes on Sunday and because of that the Tigers were unable to make the 54-hole cut at the NCAA Men’s Golf Tournament on Sunday.
Auburn finished 28-over-par while the cut line was at 27-over-par. Five teams finished on that cut line number, but Houston and Louisville held the tie-breakers to continue on in the tournament that will feature 18 more holes of stroke play on Monday. After that the national champion will be decided in match play from the remaining eight teams.
Senior Michael Johnson led the Tigers on Sunday with a two-over-par 72. The Tigers also counted scores of 73 from Jacob Solomon and Matt Gilchrest.
Auburn’s fourth counting score was a 75. Both Will Long and Ben Schlottman posted that number for the Tigers, who came into the tournament ranked ninth nationally.
“We had it rolling there for a while through 13 holes, and the par 5 15th killed us,” said Auburn coach Nick Clinard. “We just have to get better emotionally. We have to putt better.
“There is no excuse for the doubles we made coming down the stretch, and those guys need to address it this summer," the coah added. "We are going to get better this summer, and our goal next year is to make match play.”
For the tournament Gilchrest was Auburn’s top performer at 213, which is three over par. Johnson shot a 216, Solomon was at 217, Long 224 and Schlottman 225.
Another SEC team, eighth-ranked Vanderbilt, leads the tournament at five-over-par 845 at the Eugene Country Club, two shots ahead of No. 2 ranked Southern Cal.
Last year the Tigers finished 12th nationally. This year they tied for 19th after shooting rounds of 294, 281 and 293.