Chattanooga, Tenn.--The Auburn men's golf team fired a two-under par 282 on Saturday to close out the final round of the NCAA East Regional in sixth place and advance to the NCAA Championships at West Lafayette, Ind. in two weeks.
Needing a solid round to assure themselves of a Top 10 finish, Auburn got just that to finish nine shots ahead of 10th place Virginia, which moved up the leader board with a round of eight-under par on Saturday.
The Tigers had a good chance to finish higher, but limped home with a collective eight-over-par total on the final three holes.
Individually, Auburn was led by Jay Moseley with a two-under par round of 69 while both Glenn Northcutt and Patton Kizzire fired rounds of 70. Steven Groover ‘s 73 was Auburn's fourth counting score while Gordon Strother's 77 was the final score of the day.
For the week Northcutt finished tied for sixth overall at six-under par while Kizzire was the next highest finisher for the Tigers at 21st.
Georgia won the team title with a runaway score of -41, 21 shots ahead of second place Augusta State. Rounding out the qualifying teams from Chattanooga were UC Irvine (-16), Mississippi State (-14), UAB (-13), Charlotte (-8), East Tennessee State (-5) and Middle Tennessee State (-6).
Next up for the Tigers is the NCAA Championships to be held on the Kampen Course and hosted by Purdue University. The dates for the tournament are May 28-31.
"We did what came here to do," Auburn coach Mike Griffin. "Our guys came in and put up the rounds we needed to move on. I'm real happy for these seniors to get one more shot at the national title.
"The Kampen Course is a long and windy course. We're going to have to bring our best game to Indiana. The way I see it, right now we are tied for first in the NCAA Championship."