Men's Golf In Shootout For NCAA Championship Berth

Roswell, Ga.--Will Claxton fired a one-over par round of 73 as the Auburn men's golf team shot a +10 298 on day two of the NCAA East Regional at Settin Down Creek Golf Club to finish the day tied for ninth place with just one round remaining.

Auburn leads UAB and North Florida by five shots heading into the final day of competition. The top-10 teams qualify for next week's NCAA Championships at the Scarlett Course on the campus of Ohio State University.

After a first round where they stayed within striking distance of the top-10, the Tigers did the same on day two. Rounds of 74 by Kevin Haefner, 75 by Jonathan Dismuke, 76 by Jay Mundy and a 79 by Lee Williams gave the Tigers a solid showing on a day where just six teams shot better than +8 for the day.

"I'm a little disappointed, but if we play up to our capabilities, we should be okay," Auburn coach Mike Griffin said. "I am happy with the way Will put together a good round. Kevin hung in there, and Jonathan finished strong. Without that strong finish, we would be on the outside looking in."

As expected the Clemson Tigers and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets continue to fight for the top spot in the regional. Clemson leads the field at +1 overall after shooting a three-over par round of 291 on Friday. The Yellow Jackets are hot on the heels of their ACC rival after firing a 287 for the day to stand at just two-over par after two days. North Carolina (+5) follows in third with Florida (+14), VCU (+16), Wake Forest (+19), Augusta State (+20) and Georgia (+20), Auburn and Georgia Southern (+21) rounding out the first ten teams.

Trailing that group are a host of schools within striking distance. Both UAB and North Florida are +26 while the College of Charleston (+27), South Alabama (+28) and Tennessee (+28) are all within seven shots of the lead, something that is easily overcome in this team format. Rounding out the field are South Carolina (+32), Coastal Carolina (+35), Penn State (+35), Furman (+36), Jacksonville State (+37), Michigan State (+37), William and Mary (+37), Rhode Island (+40), Virginia (+40), Duke (+41), Iona (+58) and Yale (+63).

Clemson's D.J. Trahan leads individually with a 5-under 70-139, two shots ahead of Georgia Southern's Tyler McKeever (71-141) and Georgia Tech's Matt Weibring (71-141). North Carolina's Bob Cherry (69-142) and Vanderbilt's Brandt Snedeker (72-142) are tied for fourth.

The Tigers begin Saturday's final round off the #10 tee at 7:15 am Central with UAB and North Florida. Live-scoring of all three NCAA Regionals can be followed on www.golfstat.com.


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