Men's Golf Earns NCAA Regional Bid

Despite some long odds, the Auburn men's golf team will keep on playing this season in the NCAA Championships.

Auburn, Ala.--The Auburn men's golf team got some good news on Monday when they made the field for the 2004 NCAA Golf Championships that get underway May 20-22. The Tigers are one of 27 teams that will play in the East Regional at the Yale University Golf Course in New Haven, Conn.

"This team deserved to receive a regional bid," Coach Mike Griffin said. "I am extremely happy for them. It's very exciting. They have played one of the toughest schedules in the country and their hard work definitely paid off. We are going to go to the Regional and do our best to advance to the NCAA Championship."

Auburn will be making its fifth-consecutive Regional appearance at 14 overall despite long odds. Playing without All-American and Walker Cup team member Lee Williams and All-SEC Tyler McKeever, who are both redshirting this season to play as seniors next year, the Tigers improved all year long and earned a bid on that merit.

Led by second-team All-SEC performer Jonathan Dismuke, Auburn enters the post-season ranked 51st in the country in scoring average despite playing the fourth-ranked schedule in the country. The Tigers have a stroke average of 72.61 this season, but finished strong with a third-place finish in the SEC Tournament two weeks ago.

Top-ranked Florida is the overall number one seed in a regional loaded with some of the top competition in the country. A total of 10 of the top 29 teams in the country will be on display at easily the toughest regional of the three this season leading up to the NCAA Championship at Cascades Golf Course in Hot Springs, Virginia on June 1-4.

Will Claxton

Also on hand will be #2 Clemson, #3 Georgia, #6 Georgia Tech, #12 South Carolina, #14 Augusta State, #16 Wake Forest, #18 Duke, #28 Tennessee and #29 North Carolina. Also in the field are LSU, Georgia State, Jacksonville State, North Carolina State, UAB, Vanderbilt, Georgia Southern, Penn State, Georgetown, Towson State, Rhode Island and host Yale.

In addition to Dismuke, Will Claxton, Stuart Moore, Andrew Medley and Matthew Myers round out the contingent of golfers for the Tigers. In just three tournaments Claxton has returned to form and finished 13 in the SEC Championships as an individual. Moore has been the most solid of the players this season with a high score of just 78 in 32 rounds of golf. His stroke average of 73.88 is third on the team behind Dismuke and Claxton.

Rounding out the fivesome are Medley and Myers. Medley is averaging 74.09 strokes per round while the Auburn native Myers is at 75.66. The Tigers have been strong of late, winning the Billy Hitchcock Intercollegiate ahead of 11 teams leading up to the SEC's.

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