Tigers Bushwacked On Back Nine

Williamsburg, Va.--Auburn will have to rally on day two of the Men's NCAA Golf Championship if the Tigers are going to survive the 54-hole cut.

A collapse on the second nine on Wednesday put Auburn in last place in the 30-team tournament. AU's 295 total at the Golden Horseshoe Gold Course is 15 over par after one round of competition.

The field will be reduced to 15 teams following round three on Friday.

Stanford, which is ranked second nationally, holds the first round lead with a five-under-par total of 280, which is two strokes ahead of Coastal Carolina, a team that made a late run on Wednesday evening. Florida, Minnesota and Texas are three strokes off the pace.

Coach Mike Griffin's Auburn team played the front nine in even par and was in second place at that point before running into major trouble. The par three 12th was a particular problem with the Tigers counting an eight-over-par total on that one hole. Auburn was four-over-par on the 18th hole.

Senior Andrew Medley and junior Patton Kizzire, the individual SEC champion, led the Tigers with rounds of 73 on the par 70 layout. Kizzire finished with five bogeys and two birdies. Medley made five birdies, but had six bogeys and one double bogey.

The two other counting scores for the Tigers were a 74 by junior Jay Mosely and a 75 by sophomore Glenn Northcutt, who made a seven on number 12. Steven Groover's 77 did not count.

"We played two holes 12 over par and we were just 15 over for the day," Griffin said. "We played very good golf otherwise. It wasn't a good way to start, but there is still a lot of golf to play."

Hole 12 played to an average of 3.58 shots, but of the Top 10 finishers only UCLA, which finished six over par on the hole, approached AU's level of struggle on the par three that yielded four birdies, 90 pars, 37 bogeys, 20 double bogeys and five scores worse than double bogey.

The Tigers will tee off at 11:12 a.m. on Central on Thursday.

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