Golfers Continue Struggles At NCAA Championship

Columbus, Ohio--Auburn lost three more shots to par on day two at the 2002 NCAA Men's Golf Championships and the Tigers are in a disappointing tie for 19th place at the halfway point.

Auburn turned in a three-over-par 287 on Ohio State University's Scarlet Course on Thursday, one shot better than the opening round a day earlier. The Tigers are 12 shots off the pace set by hard-charging Clemson and top-ranked Georgia Tech. Clemson blitzed to the top of the leaderboard with a seven-under-par 277 on Thursday while Georgia Tech shot a two-over-par total.

There is no cut at this year's 30-team tournament so Coach Mike Griffin's ninth-ranked Auburn Tigers have two more days to make a move. "We did the same thing today as we did yesterday," said Griffin after watching his team lose five strokes o par in the first four holes. "We have found out that we can play well once we get down, but I hope we start playing well from the start. It can be done. Toledo is at four-under-par, one shot behind the co-leaders and two ahead of Texas, TCU and North Carolina. North Carolina State in seventh is the only other team under par at minus one.

Florida is the SEC's leading team, eight shots ahead of Auburn at plus one in eighth place. Tulsa and Washington round out the Top 10 at plus two.

Jay Mundy led the Tigers with a two-under-par 69 on Thursday making birdies on 16 and 17 following a 55-minute rain delay. He is at one-under-par 161 in a tie for 23rd place.

Jay Mundy fires away during the second round of NCAA play in Columbus, Ohio on Thursday.

Lee Williams survived a rough start that began with a bogey and double bogey to finish at even par 71.

Kevin Haefner shot a 72 and is at even par 142. Jonathon Dismuke had a second round 75 and is at 148 and Will Claxton's 79 was not counted in the team total. He is at 155 after two rounds.

Washington's Brock Mackenzie leads at the halfway point at seven-under-par, which is one shot better than North Carolina's Dustin Bray and Adam Rubinson of TCU.


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