Stroking: These Tigers Are Hot, Hot, Hot

The hottest team on the Auburn campus captures another championship and does it in style.

Atlanta, Ga.--The Auburn men's golf team is getting warmer than the unseasonably hot weather and its timing couldn't be much better.

On Friday, the 10th-ranked Tigers won their third tournament title in their past four events by taking a five-shot victory at the 13-team Atlanta Intercollegiate. Auburn won the event the first year it was played in 2000, but did not compete in the event last season.

Playing at the par 72, 6,899-yard Eagles Landing Golf Course, the Tigers shot rounds of 293, 282 and 281. Auburn's 856 total put the Tigers ahead of fourth-ranked Florida (861) and 12th-ranked Georgia (864).

North Florida finished fourth at 871 and was followed by Kentucky (879), Georgia State (881), UAB (885), East Tennessee State (888), 16th-ranked Augusta State (889), Duke (896), eighth-ranked Tennessee (896), Mississippi State (901) and FSU (925).

Sophomore Jonathan Dismuke led the Tigers with a six-under-par effort of 70-71-69--210 to finish fourth individually, his best performance ever as a collegian. In fact, it was his first ever Top 10 finish. UAB's Graeme McDowell was the medalist after firing a 19-under-par 65-69-63--197, giving him a third straight Atlanta Intercollegiate individual title.

Auburn senior Kevin Haefner (75-69-70--214) and his junior teammate Jay Mundy (72-71-71--214) finished at two-under-par tied for ninth.

Jay Mundy and the Tigers will next be in action at the NCAA East Regional.

Sophomore Lee Williams (76-71-75--222) and freshman Will Claxton (78-73-71--222) finished at six-over-par in 25th place.

"It was a great tournament," Auburn coach Mike Griffin says. "We played very solidly today. I am very proud of Jonathan Dismuke for playing such an outstanding tournament. All the guys played good this week.

"We are starting to play very well at the right times," Griffin adds. "This is a big win for us. It will give us some much needed confidence going into the East Regional."

Kevin Haefner

The Tigers won the SEC Tournament in their previous outing and next up is the NCAA East Regional next week in the Atlanta area. That tournament runs May 16-18 at Ansley Golf Club's Settin Down Creek in Roswell, Ga.

"I am really like this team's work ethic and I am very proud of this group," Griffin says. "We have improved a great deal this season."


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