Tigers Cruise to Hitchcock Tourney Victory

Auburn, Ala.--With a one-two-three finish from champion Stuart Moore and co-runnersup Glenn Northcutt and Andrew Medley, Auburn cruised to a comfortable victory at the Billy Hitchcock Intercollegiate golf tournament at the Auburn University Club.

When asked how it felt to win his first collegiate individual title, Moore said, "It feels good. I also feel like it should have happened before now. I finally played good at the right time.

"With the SEC Championship coming up in a couple of weeks, we didn't play well our last time out so it was good to play well and get everybody's spirits back up."

Moore had a spectacular round of 64 on Saturday and was able to cruise home for the victory with a 73 on Sunday. "I hit the ball okay today," he noted. "I probably hit 11 or 12 greens. I had a couple good up and downs, but I really didn't make putts like I did on Saturday."

Moore is congratulated by Coach Mike Griffin after making his final putt on 18.

Auburn coach Mike Griffin said, "I feel like this was a big win for us because we knew this was the last in this series of Hitchcock tournaments for us. You certainly wanted to go out as the team to win the last one."

Griffin said it was especially meaningful to win the 2006 event that was so dear to the heart of Billy Hitchcock, the former Auburn star athlete and Major League baseball player and manager who the event honors. Hitchcock, 89, died on Sunday morning.

Griffin said that Hitchcock is a special person to the Auburn golf program, the athletic department and the university in general. "When he was kind enough and his family was kind enough to let us use his name on this tournament we were elated," Griffin said. "We wanted to honor Mr. Billy and the Auburn family wanted to honor Mr. Billy for all of the great things he has done for our university."

The Tigers led the tournament by two shots after the first round that was played in windy conditions on Friday. They stretched the lead to 14 strokes after a day two round played in soggy conditions. On Sunday, the weather was sunny and the wind was light.

"I am very proud of Stuart," Griffin added. "He has won big amateur tournaments before. It is nothing new for him to do that. Winning at home, I am sure, is always going to have a special meaning to him.

"I am positive we have never had the top three finishers in this tournament so that worked out very well," Griffin said. "Andrew and Glenn really had a solid tournament and it is something to build on for the SEC in two weeks."

Members of the Auburn golf team pose with their trophy. On the front row (left to right) is Keith White and Jay Moseley, on the second row (left to right) are Glenn Northcutt, Andrew Medley, Patton Kizzire and Steven Groover while champion Stuart Moore is on the third row.

Patton Kizzire finished at 223 in a tie for 15th and Auburn teammate Jay Mosley was a stroke back. Playing as an individual, AU's Steven Groover made the all-tournament team with a ninth place finish at 219, which included a two-under-par 70 on Sunday.

The Tigers are off for a week before returning to actin at the SEC Championship April 21-23 at Sea Island, Ga.

Southeastern Louisiana finished fourth at 895, 35 shots off Auburn's pace. North Florida was fifth at 900 and was followed by Memphis (901), Mercer (905), Jacksonville State (909), Mississippi State (910), UAB (915), College of Charleston (934) and South Alabama did not finish the event.


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