Tigers Fade Late At SEC Championship Day One

Sea Island, Ga.--Auburn slipped down the stretch on day one at the SEC Men's Golf Championships, dropping from first to fourth after the opening round of play.

The Tigers posted a 16-over-par 296 total, which is six shots off the pace set by Kentucky. Auburn is four shots behind Kentucky and one behind Alabama.

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.

Richard Scott of Georgia is the first day leader at 68, one shot ahead of Kentucky's John Holmes.

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.

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