Men's Golf Shooting For National Title

Columbus, Ohio--The ninth-ranked Auburn men's golf team opens NCAA Championship play Wednesday in the four-round, 72-hole tournament at the par-71, 7236-yard Ohio State University Scarlet Course.

Senior All-American Kevin Haefner, who is ranked 12th nationally with a 71.42 stroke average, will play the No. 1 position for the Tigers followed by sophomore Lee Williams, who is 35th nationally with a 72.31 average, at No. 2. Junior Jay Mundy (73.72) will play the No. 3 spot with freshman Will Claxton (74.40) at No. 4 and Jonathan Dismuke (74.66) at No. 5. Haefner represented Auburn in Monday's East-West Match and fired a one-under 70.

"We have been practicing and working towards the NCAA Championship since the first day of fall practice," SEC Coach of the Year Mike Griffin said. "Now, it is time to take care of business. The best teams in the country are here. We have played against most of them for the entire season and I am looking forward to see how we respond one more time. Our guys are ready."

The Tigers advanced to their 12th NCAA Championship appearance finishing seventh out of 27 teams at the NCAA East Regional in Roswell, Ga., May 16-18. It also marks the 11th Tiger appearance under Griffin. The last time the NCAA Championship was held at OSU's Scarlet Course in 1995, Auburn's Chip Spratlin won the individual title with a 67-71-70-75-283, defeating Stanford's Tiger Woods among others.

Auburn will participated in a pair of practice rounds Monday and Tuesday before opening first round play Wednesday at 6:18 a.m. Central off the No. 10 tee with fifth-ranked Texas and No. 21 Baylor. The same teams will be paired for Thursday's second round, teeing off No. 1 at 11:18 a.m.

This is the first year there will not be a cut after the first two rounds of the 30-team NCAA Championship. Third and fourth round play continues Friday and Saturday. Live tournament scoring of the NCAA Championship can be followed on the internet at

Griffin was named as the Soft Spikes Southeast Region Coach of the Year while Haefner and Williams were both All-Southeast Region selections announced at the Golf Coaches Association of America Banquet on Monday night in Columbus.

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