Kizzire Is SEC Golf Champion

A report on the SEC men's and women's golf championships is featured.

Sea Island, Ga.--Patton Kizzire's first college individual title is an impressive one.

On Sunday the Auburn junior took a four-stroke victory at the SEC Men's Golf Championship while leading the Tigers to a third place overall finish. He came into the third and final round with a three shot lead and extended it with a round that included three birdies, 12 pars and three bogeys.

Playing on the challenging par 70 Seaside Course at the Sea Island Golf Club the junior shot rounds of 72, 69 and 70. He became the fourth Tiger to win the SEC individual title.

Kizzire's winning total was a one-over-par 21. Tennessee teammates Chris Paisley and Tino Weiss finished at 215, one shot ahead of four other players.

Auburn's second best finish came from Glenn Northcutt, who tied for ninth with his total of 219. Gordon Strother finished in 31st at 223 while Jay Mosley shot a 229 for 47th and Jamie Bowen was 49th at 231.

Auburn's final round of 282 on Sunday was an improvement from 304 on day one and 288 on Saturday.

"It feels awesome," Kizzire said of his initial collegiate victory. "It is kind of a relief. A lot of people have been expecting a lot of things out of me, and I finally pulled through.

"It feels great for this to be such a big tournament and to be such a big win," Kizzire adds. "It is kind of a double-bonus. Beating all of the guys in the SEC is a feat in itself. It is a great accomplishment for me."

Auburn coach Mike Griffin says, "I couldn't be prouder of Patton. He played great golf obviously. I was most proud of Patton for not fighting himself on the golf course. He was a competitor. He was cool, calm and collected. He was a champion. He is back to the old Patton that I remember. That was some kind of golf this week."

After a strong front nine, the Tigers closed to within one shot of the lead on Sunday, but the Vols pulled away for the victory. Next up for Auburn is a trip to one of the three NCAA regional tournaments. Those fields will be announced on May 7th.

Alabama shot 871 to finish three shots ahead of Auburn, which finished two strokes ahead of Ole Miss, four ahead of Ole Miss and, surprisingly, nine shots better than the nation's number one ranked team, the Georgia Bulldogs.

While the men's team had more success than based on its No. 29th national ranking, the fourth-ranked Auburn women's team had a rough three days at the women's conference tournament in West Point, Miss.

The Tigers, back-to-back league champs, struggled to an eighth place finish.

Auburn's 902 total was well off the pace set by Georgia, which shot 865 to win by 16 strokes over Florida.

Senior Nicole Hage led the Tigers at eight-over-par 224 to tie for 21st. Georgia's Taylor Leon shot an eight-under-par 208 to win by four strokes over teammate Garrett Phillips.

Candace Schepperle putts on Sunday for the Tigers.

"It was a tough tournament for us," Auburn coach Kim Evans says "We will go back to the drawing board and regroup. We have a talented group of student-athletes and if we could play in a tournament tomorrow we would. We are putting this one past us and getting ready for the remainder of postseason and are very much looking forward to it."

Marisa Milligan and Candace Schepperle tied for 25th at 227. Margaret Shirley was 30th at 228 and Abigale Schepperle was 42nd at 233.

The Tigers will receive a bid to an NCAA regional. Pairings will be announced on April 30th.

SEC Men's Results

SEC Women's Results

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