The Tigers have a 16-shot cushion from the 11th place cutoff as the top 10 teams in the 27-team field advance to the NCAA Championship.
Auburn's 284 was the low round of the day and put the Tigers within three shots of first place Georgia. The top-ranked Bulldogs took the lead with a 288 for a 574 total, one shot ahead of No. 7 Florida (290-285--575). Auburn is in third at 293-284--577 followed by No. 10 Georgia Tech (284-294--578), No. 24 Duke (288-293--581), No. 20 Charlotte (296-291--587), No. 12 Coastal Carolina (300-290--590), No. 23 North Carolina (305-286--591), No. 25 Florida State (300-292--592) and No. 11 Clemson (293-299--592) to round out the top 10.
"As much as you want to win this tournament," explains head coach Mike Griffin, "it's not the goal of this tournament. However, we are all saying we want to win this tournament. If you play to win, you play well, and I know that is what we will do."
Northcutt, who began the day tied for 79th, reeled off four straight birdies on holes seven through 10 then birdied the 18th for a 67, tying Jimmy Green (1991) and Lee Williams (2001) for the second lowest individual round by an Auburn golfer in an NCAA Regional.
"I played real well and solid," Northcutt says. "I struggled a little bit yesterday, but fortunately all the other guys backed me up and took care of business. Today, I was able to help and do my part. We are in real good position for tomorrow. We have to go out and play great and see where it puts us."
Junior All-SEC Patton Kizzire followed his opening round 71 with an even-par 72 and is tied for fifth at one-under 143, six shots off the lead. Junior Steven Groover turned in another solid round with a one-over 73, and is tied for 11th at one-over 145. Junior Jay Moseley shot an even-par 72 to jump 26 spots into a tie for 25th with a 75-72--147. Junior Jamie Bowen is tied for 99th with a 75-81--156.
Central Florida (299-294--593) and Georgia State (289-304--593) are tied for 11th, one shot behind both Florida State and Clemson.
Auburn tees off in Saturday's third and final round at 6:00 am Central on the No. 1 tee with Georgia and Florida. Live-scoring of all three NCAA Regionals is available at www.golfstat.com.