Finishing +7 as a team on the front side the Tigers fought an uphill battle the entire day and never could catch up after the slow start. Coach Mike Griffin said that the team had a solid round, but just couldn't make enough birdies to keep pace with Georgia on the first day.
Led by a trio of two-over par rounds of 72 by Stuart Moore, Jay Moseley and Andrew Medley, the Auburn Tigers find themselves 13 shots off the pace set by leader Georgia after the first day of competition. Currently sixth at +9, Auburn trails the Bulldogs (-4), Alabama (E), Florida (+5), Tennessee (+6) and LSU (+8) heading into the second round of competition on Saturday.
"We didn't play bad and we didn't play well," said Griffin. "We are still in contention but need to make a move Saturday. I am proud of the way Stuart hung in there after having such a tough start."
Rounding out Auburn's competitors on day one were freshman Glenn Northcut and sophomore Patton Kizzire, who both fired rounds of 73 for the Tigers. The overall leader is Georgia's Brian Harmon with a round of 60. Five golfers are tied for second individually at two-under par. They are Chris Kirk from Georgia, Luke List from Vanderbilt, Matthew Swan from Alabama and Brett Stegmaier from Florida.
Ole Miss leads the scoring for the bottom half of the field for round one at 10-over par along with the Vanderbilt Commodores. South Carolina (+12), Kentucky (+12), Arkansas (+15) and Mississippi State (+25) round out the field.
Looking to continue an impressive run in the SEC's that has seen the Tigers finish no lower than third since 1999, Auburn returns to the course on Saturday for day two of the event. Auburn will tee off in the second round Saturday at 7 am Central with Tennessee and LSU as a split tee format off holes No. 1 and No. 10 will be used. Live scoring can be found at www.golfstat.com.