The 30-team field featured 11 colleges that finished under par on the first day of the four-day event. UCLA is second at eight-under-par, one stroke ahead of Oklahoma State and Washington. Clemson is fifth at 282, one shot ahead of Kentucky.
"There isn't much that I can say," Auburn coach Mike Griffin said. "The conditions were absolutely perfect with no wind, a perfect temperature, wide open fairways and soft greens. We just did not play well. The course was there for the taking, and we left a lot of shots out there."
Four of Auburn's five players finished above par. The exception was senior Stuart Moore. He and his teammates opened on hole 10 and Moore had all pars until his 13th hole, but finished the day even with the help of a birdie on eight.
Andrew Medley finished a stroke behind his teammate. Medley turned at even par with two birdies and two bogeys in his first nine holes. He had two more bogeys and one more birdie to finish at 73.
Junior Andrew Medley posted AU's second best round.
One stroke behind Medley, freshman Glenn Northcutt opened with a bogey. After five pars he got back to even with a birdie at 16, but turned at one over after a bogey at 17th. He got back to even at two, but had two more bogeys to post a 74.
Sophomore Patton Kizzire's 76 was the fourth and final score the Tigers counted on day one. He opened with a double bogey, bogey and birdie and had two more bogeys and another birdie to turn at plus three. He opened his second nine with another double before making two more birdies and a bogey.
The Tigers didn't have to count a 77 from Jay Mosley, who had gotten off to a solid start. He was even after nine holes, but lost four strokes to par on the final six holes at the 7,630-yard Crosswater Course at Sunriver Resort.
The Tigers will try to make a move on Saturday with a 3:57 p.m. CST tee time, putting them in the last grouping of the day. Griffin says the course is known to play tougher in the afternoons with more wind and smoother greens, making day two a bigger challenge for his team.
The Tigers have to move up to 15th or better by the end of Thursday's play to avoid a cut, which will come after 54 holes.