AU Men's Golf Advances

ALPHARETTA, Ga.--The Auburn men's golf team qualified for the NCAA Championship by tying for second with a final round 290 Saturday for an 867 total in the three-day NCAA East Regional at the Golf Club of Georgia. The second place finish is the Tigers' best in an NCAA Regional since winning the 1997 East Regional at The Homestead in Virginia.

Auburn will make its 15th NCAA Championship appearance at the Golden Horseshoe in Williamsburg, Va., May 30 through June 2.

The 11th-seed Tigers had a solid team effort as junior All-SEC Patton Kizzire fired a three-under 69 to finish fifth at four-under 212. Sophomore All-SEC Glenn Northcutt finished sixth at three-under 213 with a final round 69.

Junior Steven Groover carded a 72-73-77--222, junior Jay Moseley a 75-72-78--225 and junior Jamie Bowen a 75-81-75--231.

"I am very proud of these young men," head coach Mike Griffin said. "They continued to impress throughout the spring and in the last two tournaments. This week was no different. It was a great tournament by Glenn and Patton and the rest of the supporting cast. They all did what they needed to do to move on."

Top-ranked Georgia won the 27-team East Regional with a 286-288-281--855, 12 shots ahead of a trio of teams including Auburn (293-284-290--867), No. 7 Florida (290-285-292--867) and No. 10 Georgia Tech (284-294-289--867). No. 25 Florida State (300-292-281--873) finished fifth ahead of No. 24 Duke (288-293-293--874), No. 20 Charlotte (296-291-288--875), No. 23 North Carolina (305-286-286--877), Georgia State (289-304-287--880) and No. 12 Coastal Carolina (300-290-294--884) all of which advance to the NCAA Championship.

This will be Auburn's fifth NCAA Championship appearance in the last six years and 11th since 1993.

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