Tigers Need Solid Finish at NCAA Regional

Orlando, Fla.--With Jay Moseley again leading the way, Auburn improved by two strokes at day two of the NCAA East regional men's golf tournament where the Tigers still have plenty of work to do if they are going to qualify for the NCAA Championship tournament.

Auburn shot 294 on Friday, the same score as Georgia, which retained its lead in the event with a 578 two-day total, 12 shots better than the Tigers.

The pressure will be on Auburn to have a good round on Saturday because the Tigers look like they will finish very close to the cut line. Only the top 10 of the 27 teams in the regional advance on the NCAA Championships in Bend, Oregon

The Tigers are in eighth place one shot behind Coastal Carolina and UNC-Charlotte and two ahead of Southern Cal and UCLA, who are tied for ninth place. Georgia State is 11th at 596, six shots behind Auburn.

Moseley, a sophomore who shot a team low even-par 72 on Thursday, followed that with a 71 on Friday as the Tigers shot a six-over-par round two total at the Lake Nona Golf & Country Club.

Next for the Tigers were senior Stuart Moore and sophomore Patton Kizzire, who shot rounds of 74 on day two. Freshman Glenn Northcutt's 75 was the fourth and final score counted by the Tigers on Friday, who got to throw out an 81 from junior Andrew Medley.

For the second day in a row, Medley had bogeys on 10, 14, 15, 16 and 17 and is 14 strokes over par heading into Saturday's final round.

Northcutt is seven over par after two rounds. On Friday, he had five bogeys and two pars.

Kizzire turned at four-over-par after a bogey, double bogey and bogey on six-seven-eight, but rallied with three back nine birdies to match his two-over-par 74 from Thursday.

After 10 straight pars on Friday, Moore had a bogey-birdie, bogey and another bogey to finish at 74 for the second straight day.

Moseley's 71 easily led the way for the Tigers, but he was in position to shoot in the 60s until he ran into some trouble late on the back nine. Entering 15 at four-under-par, Moseley had bogeys on his three final holes to move to finish at one under par.

"I am extremely proud of Jay," Auburn coach Mike Griffin said. "At one point, he had it at four-under and lost a few shots coming in. He is playing very well right now and to be under par in this field on this golf course is very good. He is carrying our flag very high."

Georgia's 578 two-day total is two shots ahead of UNLV and three ahead of Wake Forest. Texas Tech is at 582 followed by North Carolina at 585.

"In all honesty, I was hoping for a little better," Griffin said. "Today is move day and although we moved up, we didn't do what some other teams did. We played better and scored better, but not quite as good as we were hoping for.

"Regardless of the fact, it is good to move up. We have a chance to go out and set a pace and try to put this thing away. That will be our goal to try to go out and play as well as we can as early as we can and put this thing on ice."


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