Playing in windy conditions on the Seaside Course at Sea Island Golf Club on Friday, senior Matthew Myers was the top scorer for the Tigers. He shot a three-over-par 73 and is tied for 11th.
Auburn senior Lee Williams and junior Stuart Moore shot 74s and are tied for 16th. Seniors Tyler McKeever and Will Claxton shot 75 to tie for 21st.
"It was a very tough day out there, and I am happy with the way we hung in there," said Auburn coach Mike Griffin. "We started off slow, and we let a few shots slip away at the end, and that is a little difficult. We are still in the hunt and that is all you can ask after the first day. Saturday is moving day, and we need to make a move in the right direction."
Auburn held a three-stroke lead over Kentucky after 12 holes, but made eight bogeys and one double bogey in the last six holes with four birdies to lose the lead.