Disappointing Day At Regional For AU Golfers

Comments from Auburn head coach Mike Griffin are featured as his Tigers fight to earn a berth in the national championship tournament.

Stanford, Calif.--For Auburn coach Mike Griffin, the best thing about day one at the NCAA Men's Golf West Regional tournament is that it is history with the promise of better results on the horizon.

His Tigers, the third seed in the regional, finished day one of the three-day competition at 10-over-par 290 on the Stanford University course. That puts the Tigers in 12th place, 12 shots off the pace set by Brigham Young. One other team shot under par as Pepperdine finished one shot behind the Cougars at one-under-par 279.

The top 10 teams in the regional advance to the national championship that will be held next month in Baltimore. The Tigers and Arizona State are one shot out of being in the Top 10.

"We didn't play well at all and I don't think there would be a single person on our team today who would tell you they were happy with the way they played," Griffin says. "It was very disappointing."

Senior Lee Williams led Auburn with a one-over-par 71. Williams finished the front side with a two-under-par 33 with a trio of birdies and one bogey, but ran into trouble on the backside with a double bogey on 12 followed by back-to-back bogeys. The All-American had a birdie on the par 5 16th.

Senior Tyler McKeever and junior Stuart Moore each shot 72 while freshman Patton Kizzire and senior Matthew Myers finished at 75

Griffin says the course was "very difficult, very demanding and it never lets up and it will give you everything you want." However, he adds that was just one reason for the team's poorer than anticipated round one.

"Matthew got off to a terrible start and that hurt us a little bit because all of the sudden you have somebody who was actually playing the best golf on the team for us--he was low man last week in Oklahoma--and he makes bogey on two and a triple on three and all of the sudden he is playing tentative. However, he played well from that point forward and I was pleased with that."

Despite the disappointing day one, Auburn is in position to quickly move up in the standings with a good performance on Friday. Griffin says he will be surprised if his Tigers don't play better on day two.

Auburn is one shot behind host Stanford and South Carolina, who are tied for 10th place.


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