Tiger Golfers 5th at SEC Championship

Sea Island, Ga.--No. 1 ranked Georgia took a one-shot victory over Florida and Auburn finished fifth at the SEC Men 's Golf Championship on Sunday.

Playing at the par 70 Seaside Course at the Sea Island Golf Club, Auburn shot its best round of the tournament, on Sunday, a three-over-par 283 to go with rounds of 289 and 285.

Georgia won the title with an 11-under-par 269 on the final day for a 13-under 276-282-269--827 total. Third-ranked Florida also had an outstanding day, firing an 11-under 269 to finish in second at 285-274-269--828, just one stroke behind Georgia.

Alabama finished third at 280-282-287--849 followed by Kentucky (292-276-287--855), Auburn (289-285-283--857), LSU (288-288-292--868) , Arkansas (295-288-286--869), South Carolina (292-295-285--872), Tennessee (286-290-299--875), Vanderbilt (290-296-291--877), Mississippi State (305-293-281--879) and Ole Miss (290-301-295--886).

"We played today like we played the whole tournament," said Auburn coach Mike Griffin. "We started off slow the first couple of holes, and then we put it in gear. We didn't play bad but we just needed to start off better. I guess that shows the character of our young team that they continued to battle back each day. I'm proud of the way they showed some fight."

Senior Stuart Moore had his third Top 10 finish of the season with a 72-69-70--211. Junior Andrew Medley carded birdies on three of his final five holes and finished tied for 20th at 72-72-71--215.

Sophomores Patton Kizzire and Jay Moseley had a one-over-par 71 on Sunday and finished tied for 23rd. Both were two-over at the turn and fired a 1-under 34 on the back nine.

Freshman Glenn Northcutt finished tied for 27th at 217. He was four-over through his first five holes, but was two-under on the back nine for a 72 total.

Florida's Brett Stegmaier was three-under on the final day to claim medalist honors with a 68-70-67--205, one shot ahead of Georgia's Brian Harman (67-73-66--206). Alabama's Matthew Swan (68-67-72--207) and Georgia's Chris Kirk (68-72-67--207) tied for third.

The Tigers will now await a bid to one of the three NCAA regional tournaments that will be announced on May 8th.


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