Tigers Come Up Just Short In Final Round

Palo Alto, Cal.–-The Auburn men's golf team came up just short in its attempt to qualify for the NCAA Championships on Saturday.

The Tigers fired a round of +4, but came up five shots shy of making the Top 10 and earning a spot to advance. UNLV was the overall leader, finishing at +6 for three days while Auburn finished at +29.

The rest of the Top 10 featured New Mexico at +9, Washington at +14, UCLA at +17, Arizona State at +17, BYU at +18, San Diego State at +20, Arizona at +23, Stanford at +23 and USC, Pepperdine and South Carolina all finished at +24 and had a three-way playoff Saturday afternoon to decide which team would advance to the NCAA's.

"Obviously, it is disappointing coming out to the West Regional with high goals and high ambitions of advancing to the National Championship only to come up short," head coach Mike Griffin said. "I am very proud of them to come out and put themselves in position after playing so poorly the first two days. Had we played even par the last two holes today, we would have advanced. We played like Auburn Tigers today and had we played like this all week, we would have been in the top five or six with no problem. I am proud of Lee for another good outstanding performance."

Individually it was senior Lee Williams that led the charge for the Tigers all week as he shot a 72 in the final round and finished in a tie for 15th overall for the week. That left him just outside of the cut line for the nationals and puts an end to a fantastic career for the Alexander City native. Freshman Patton Kizzire was tremendous for the Tigers on Saturday, shooting a 69 to keep Auburn in the hunt.

Rounding out the scoring for Auburn on the final day was Stuart Moore with a 71, senior Tyler McKeever with a 72 and Matthew Myers with a 74. Auburn's round was one of the best of the day by any team, but Friday's second round blow up proved to be costly for the Tigers in their quest to reach the finals.

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