Senior Lee Williams had a solid day for the Tigers, firing a 70, but other than him the team didn't perform up to expectations and finds itself in the hole going into the third and final round.
"We just can't get on top of this golf course," Auburn coach Mike Griffin said. "It has our number right now. It is up to us to change it. We have to go out there and take care of our own business. Thus far, with the exception of Lee, we haven't been able to get the job done. We just haven't played well. It is disappointing, but there is still one more round. That is the best thing about a three round tournament, that if you get off to a slow start, you still have one more round."
Senior Lee Williams has carried the Tigers through two days.
Picking up the slack for the Tigers on day two was freshman Patton Kizzire. In just his second tournament after missing over a month with mononucleosis, Kizzire fired a 73 and is just eight-over par after two days. Junior Stuart Moore shot a 74 while Matthew Myers shot a 76 for the last counting score on Auburn's card. Senior Tyler McKeever struggled and shot a 77 to round out the Tigers' scorecard for the day.
In the team standings UNLV leads the way after firing a second round score of 277 (-3). Their two-day total of two-under par is four shots better than BYU as the Cougars shot a 284 (+4) in round two. New Mexico (+8), Washington (+8), Pepperdine (+11), Arizona State (+11), San Diego State (+16), UCLA (+16), South Carolina (+17) and Southern California (+18) round out the Top 10. Arizona (+19), St. Mary's (+20) and Stanford (+20) make up the rest of the field in front of the Tigers.
The final round will take place Saturday on the Stanford University Course as the Tigers hope to move into the Top 10 and secure a spot in the championship tournament next month in Baltimore. "We've done it before," Griffin said. "We know personally that it can be done. It is a matter of getting a little bit of help from a couple of teams, and then we have to play well."