In round one of three rounds, sophomore Jay Moseley led the Tigers with an even par 72 as he and his teammates started on hole 10.
"It is the best that I have hit the ball all year," Moseley said. "I never got into trouble all day except for my double bogey when I dumped my approach in the bunker.
"You have to keep the ball straight playing in this wind to avoid the trouble," he added. "I am very happy with the way I played. I had many chances at birdie, but couldn't get the putts to fall. I couldn't have hit the ball any better."
Senior Stuart Moore and sophomore Patton Kizzire shot 74 on Thursday, which ties them for 39th. Freshman Glenn Northcutt rounded out the Auburn scoring with a 76, which ties him for 66th.
The Tigers didn't have to count an 80 shot by junior Andrew Medley.
Georgia, which is ranked No. 1 nationally, has a one shot lead over Wake Forest and is three ahead of UNLV. Rhode Island is next at 288, four shots off the pace, and is followed by Texas Tech (289), UCLA (292) North Carolina (294), Georgia Southern (295) and Auburn at 296.
"You have to be pleased with our position after day one, but I am a little bit upset with the way we leaked some oil on the way in," said Auburn coach Mike Griffin.
"Jay had a fine round, and one that I am very proud of," Griffin said. "This is just one day of the tournament, and we have a lot of golf left to play."
The 54-hole event runs through Saturday. The Tigers start their tee times at 7:05 a.m. on Friday.