Men's Golf In Fifth Heading Into Final Round

Sea Island, Ga.--The Auburn men's golf team used a strong finish on the back nine to move from sixth into fifth with a 289-285--574 after the SEC Championship second round at the par-70, 6991-yard Seaside Course at Sea Island Golf Club Saturday.

Once again it was senior Stuart Moore who carried the Tigers as he made three birdies on his inward nine to finish with a 1-under 69 and is tied for 12th at 1-over 141.

Top-ranked Georgia (282-558) holds a slim one-shot lead over No. 3 Florida, which had the lowest round of the day at 6-under 274 for a 559 total. Alabama is in third at 282-562 followed by Kentucky (276-568) and Auburn (285-574). LSU (288-576) and No. 25 Tennessee (290-576) are tied for sixth ahead of Arkansas (288-583), Vanderbilt (296-586), South Carolina (295-587), Ole Miss (301-591) and Mississippi State (293-598).

Auburn started the day off slow as the Tigers were 9-over through only five holes. Junior Andrew Medley and sophomore Jay Moseley were both 3-over after four holes while senior Stuart Moore and freshman Glenn Northcutt were both 1-over at the time.

"We started off well in the first round and finished not so strong, and then today we started like plow mules and finished like thoroughbreds," Auburn head coach Mike Griffin said. "I am happy with the way they all hung in there. Stuart is leading us while Patton (Kizzire) showed a lot of character in coming back from a disastrous hole."

Stuart Moore leads the Tigers in scoring through two rounds of the SEC Championship.

The most intriguing scorecard of the day came from sophomore Patton Kizzire. The Tuscaloosa, Ala., native birdied the par-3 third hole, but found trouble on the difficult par-4, 409-yard dog leg right No. 5 that has a 250-yard carry over marsh. Kizzire hit his drive into the marsh, left his second shot in the same hazard, took a drop for an unplayable lie and ended up making a nine.

Kizzire recorded back-to-back birdies on Nos. 7 and 8 to make the turn at 2-over 37. He then bogeyed No. 11 before birdies at Nos. 13 and 15 and bogey on No. 17.

Moore is six shots behind individual leader, Matthew Swan of Alabama, who has a two-day 5-under total with a 68-67--135. Georgia's Kevin Kisner (69-69-138) and Florida's Brett Stegmaier (68-70--138) are tied for second at 2-under.

"I actually played alright on the front," said Moore. "I missed three putts inside 15 feet on the front. I made a really good par save 10-footer on No. 11. That was a really big momentum putt. I then chipped in for birdie on No. 12, and that got me going. I putted really well on the backside, but didn't hit it well."

Medley is tied for 25th after a pair of 72s while there are a trio of Tigers tied for 28th, including Kizzire (73-72--145), Moseley (72-73--145) and Northcutt (73-72--145).

Auburn tees off in Sunday's final round at 7 am Central on the No. 1 tee with Kentucky and LSU. Live-scoring of the SEC Championship can be followed at both www.golfstat.com and www.bamagolf.com.


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