"The conditions were challenging and I was proud of our guys who handled them," said Auburn coach Mike Griffin.
Junior Andrew Medley led the Tigers with a two-under-par round of 70, which ties him for the individual lead with defending individual champ, Ian Rochester, of Memphis. Auburn's Stuart Moore shot an even par 72 and teammate Jay Moseley shot a 73.
Auburn's Andrew Medley
Patton Kizzire was the fourth and final scorer for the Tigers with a 75 so the team didn't have to count a 76 from freshman Glenn Northcutt.
"I was pleased with Andrew for fighting back after going two over par after three holes," Griffin said. "That was a good job."
Griffin also noted that Moore and Moseley also did a good job of rallying after slow starts. "We hope the other guys pick it up and play better on Saturday."
"The way the wind was today, four of the holes were playing very easy downwind and the other 14 were difficult to very difficult," Griffin said. "I thought we should have done a better job of scoring on the par fives, but overall it was a solid first day."
Two other Tigers, redshirt freshman Keith White and sophomore Steven Groover, shot rounds of 74, but are playing as individuals.
Southeastern Louisiana is in third at 297, seven shots off the pace, and is followed by Jacksonville State (300), Ole Miss (300), UAB (303), North Florida (304), College of Charleston (310), Mercer (310), Mississippi State (311) and South Alabama (313).
"I got off to a rough start," noted Medley. "I was two-over after three so I tried to get shots back when I could. I knew there where some birdie shots still left out there, and after the rough start I was fortunate enough to find some."
His coach noted, "Andrew was hitting his iron shots crisply and he has not been doing that lately. His iron shots have been letting him down in earlier tournaments, but he hit a lot of good iron shots today."
North Florida's Miguel Ondonez had a hole in one at the par three second hole.
The Tigers tee off at 10:40 a.m. on Saturday. The early tee times start at 8 a.m.