Golfers Qualify For NCAA Championship

Roswell, Ga.--Moving up two spots during the final round, Auburn qualified for the NCAA Men's Golf Championships on Saturday with a seventh place finish at the NCAA East Regional.

Auburn's 893 total was 17 strokes off the pace set by Georgia Tech, the nation's top ranked team, and Clemson, which is ranked second. Ten of 27 teams competing on the par 72, 7,119-yard Settin'down Creek course qualified for the NCAA Championships, which will be played May 29-June 1 in Columbus, Ohio.

Senior Kevin Haefner, the team captain of his ninth-ranked team, led the Tigers with a sixth place individual finish. Haefner shot a 71 on Saturday to finish at three-over-par 219. Clemson's D.J. Trahan won the individual title with a six-under-par 210, three shots better than North Carolina's Bob Cherry.

Kevin Haefner tees off during his Saturday round in Georgia.

Auburn sophomore Lee Williams shot a 72 on Saturday for a 227 total. Junior Jay Mundy shot a 76 in the final round for a 224 total. Freshman Will Claxton finished with a 77 to for a 227 total while sophomoreJonathan Dismuke shot an 87 to finish at 239.

"It is a great feeling to be going to the NCAA Championship, says Mike Griffin, who is leading the Tigers into the NCAA Championships for the 12th time. "That is what we sat out to do from the first day of practice last fall. Kevin had an outstanding tournament and put together another solid round. I am proud of the way Lee battled back after two rough days. Jay and Will hung tough coming in and that was very encouraging."

North Carolina was third at 877 and was followed by Augusta State (885), VCU (888), Georgia Southern (891) and Auburn (893), Georgia (896), Florida (899) and UAB (899).

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