Moore Sizzles With 64 At Hitchcock Tourney

Auburn, Ala.--With Stuart Moore leading the way with a personal-best round of 64, the Auburn men's golf team extended its lead going into the final round of the Billy Hitchcock Intercollegiate.

Moore, a senior from Gainesville, Ga., was terrific with eight birdies on Saturday, including a 60-footer on the final hole, to move into the individual lead after firing an even par 72 in windy conditions on Friday. On Saturday, he and the other golfers had to deal with wet conditions after thunderstorms forced a four-hour delay in the start of day two.

"I did everything well today," Moore said. "I putted well, I hit it well. I actually putted. That is what has been holding me back the last couple of weeks because I have been hitting it good. It was nice to finally have it all come together."

Auburn shot a 277 team total, 13 shots better than on Friday, to take the lead at nine-under-par 567. UNC-Charlotte followed its 292 with a 289 and remains in second place 14 shots behind the Tigers. Ole Miss shot a 292 on Saturday and is third, 25 shots behind Auburn in the 12-team event.

Moore has the lead at 136, which is five shots better than Ian Rochester of Memphis, who is at three-under-par. Auburn's Andrew Medley, with rounds of 70 and 73, is in third at one-under-par.

The 64 tied Moore's personal best, a 64 he shot last summer in the Dogwood Invitational Tournament in Atlanta. It was one stroke off the Auburn University Club at Yarbrough Farms course record.

"The course was a little easier today because there was less winds and the fairways and greens were softer," Moore says. "This is our home course so we should play well here. We play here all the time."

Stuart Moore had plenty to smile about on Saturday.

Although the course was easier than during Friday's very windy conditions, it wasn't easy Auburn coach Mike Griffin says. "A 64 is unbelievable," he says. "I know when the 63 was shot it was in the early stages of this golf course and it was a little bit firmer. It was not firm today. It was a very long course today because where you hit it is where you found it.

"The good thing about a soft course is that the ball is not going to run into trouble and Stuart tends to hit the ball real straight," Griffin says. "Plus, you can fire at the rod and the ball was going to stick on the greens."

Auburn's Patton Kizzire shot a 70 and is at 145, tied for ninth place. Glenn Northcutt also shot a 70 on Saturday and is at 146.

"I am really proud of Patton Kizzire and Glenn Northcutt for coming back from yesterday's problem round," Griffin says. "They finished at two under par each today. That was very good because they struggled yesterday with 75 and 76. Our other two players, Jay Mosley and Andrew Medley, shot 73s, which is not bad on this golf course."

However, the star of the show was Moore. "Every time I looked up he was hitting it close again and making another putt," Griffin says. "I am very, very pleased and proud for him. He has certainly proven himself to be a solid player this year.

"I am really happy he was able to put up a really good round in the front of the home crowd and put himself in a position to win. He hasn't won a college tournament before, but he has won some major amateur events. I am eager to see how he plays tomorrow. I think he will do well."

Even though it wasn't the lowest round of the season for the Tigers, Griffin says it might be the best round his team has played because the Auburn University Club course is more challenging than the course in Hawaii where the Tigers had their low rounds of the year.

Southeastern Louisiana is fourth at 594, which is 18 strokes off the pace, and is followed by North Florida and Memphis (597), Mercer (603), Mississippi State and UAB (605), Jacksonville State (609), College of Charleston (619) and South Alabama did not finish.

The Tigers will tee off at 8:50 a.m. for the final round on Sunday.

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