Tigers Move Into Second At SEC Championships

St. Simons Island, Ga.–-The seventh-ranked Auburn men's golf team made a move on day two of the Southeastern Conference Men's Golf Tournament with a round of 295 on the Seaside Course at Sea Island Golf Club and now finds itself in second place behind the sixth-ranked Florida Gators heading into Sunday's final round.

Coming into the tournament there were seven teams from the SEC ranked in the Top 25 in the latest collegiate golf polls. Following day two those seven teams are all in the hunt for the overall title as the Gators lead the way at 586 overall while Auburn is five shots back at 591. Number 18 Kentucky is in third at the moment at 592 followed by second-ranked Georgia (594), 23rd-ranked Alabama (595), number 16 Tennessee (596) and number 20 South Carolina (598). LSU (604), Mississippi State (604), Vanderbilt (608), Arkansas (609) and Ole Miss (620) round out the field, but Auburn Coach Mike Griffin says this is a top-heavy field with the Florida Gators out in front at the moment.

"It's very, very tight," Griffin tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "We currently have seven teams ranked in the top 25 in the country. The top seven in the standings right now are those seven teams in no particular order. There are 12 shots separating those seven teams and a 12-shot lead out here can evaporate in two or three holes. The teams at second through seventh, there are seven strokes separating those six schools. Anything can happen. You can go from seventh to second or second to seventh in a hole and a half.

"This thing is far from over. Florida obviously is playing well. They beat us two strokes the first day and three strokes today. We didn't play badly, we just haven't played good. The one thing that is kind of separating us is that our low round is a 73. We've had three 73's where most schools on the front page have had a 69 or 68. We haven't had any low rounds yet. If somehow we were to discover some low rounds tomorrow I think it could change the whole structure of things. We've put ourselves in a position where we're going to have to play our best rounds tomorrow if we're going to have a chance to win because you can't anticipate Florida is going to come back too far."

Leading the charge for the Tigers on the links was senior Matthew Myers. Auburn's sixth golfer for much of the season, Myers was thrust into action when an illness to freshman Patton Kizzire knocked him out of action. Myers has responded with two rounds of 73 the first two days and finds himself in 10th in the individual standings. Griffin says that Myers' play has kept Auburn in things while the top of the lineup has struggled to put up good numbers.

"He's been very solid," Griffin says. "My hat is off to him. He has stepped up to the plate at a time when we needed him. Right now he's playing like anything but a number six man. He's contributing solid numbers. The final round he shot last week at the Hitchcock with a 69 and then these two rounds here, those are pretty solid numbers. He finds himself in the Top 10 in the tournament right now and that's a heck of a position to be in. I couldn't be prouder of him."

Junior Stuart Moore moved from 16th into a tie for 11th with a 73 on the day while All-American Lee Williams fired his second consecutive 74 despite being four-over par through just five holes during Saturday's round. Senior All-SEC performer Tyler McKeever is tied for 23rd overall after his 75 on the day while senior Will Claxton rounds out Auburn's group at 35th overall following his 78.

Georgia's Richard Scott fired a 73 and holds the individual lead by one shot over Tennessee's David Skinns and Alabama's Gator Todd heading into the final round. The low round of the day on the par-70 course was a 70 as three players accomplished the feat including Luke List of Vanderbilt who played in the Master's last week in Augusta, Ga.

The third and final round begins Sunday at 7:40 a.m. with the Tigers going off the first tee in a split-tee format with Florida and Kentucky. Live scoring can be followed at www.golfstat.com.


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