"We were up there for Regionals back in the early 2000s and we played the Green Course," head coach Mike Griffin says of Golden Horseshoe. "As I recall, we might have been double-digits under par and actually missed the cut. This time around we're playing the Gold Course, which is the Robert Trent Jones variety up there, and it is supposed to be the daddy course--it's the real course.
"I'm hoping that par might mean something up there more than the Green Course last time," Griffin says of the par-72, 6803 yard Gold Course. "It's a beautiful place, obviously one of the most historical sites in America. Last time up I think we took the team to Old Jamestown. We're hoping for good pairings this time so we can have time to see some historical sites as well."
Going with Glenn Northcutt, Patton Kizzire, Steven Groover, Jay Moseley and Andrew Medley, the Tigers are 30-31-3 against the 30-team field this season. However, Auburn is playing its best golf of the year going 43-6-2 in the last three tournaments.
The Tigers tee off at 6 a.m. Central Wednesday at hole number one and Thursday at 11:12 a.m. off the 10th tee. They'll be grouped with Louisville and South Carolina. Also representing the SEC are top-ranked Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. The field will be cut to 15 teams after 54 holes.
Live scoring will be at golfstat.com.