Tigers Cut Themselves Out at NCAA Golf

The Tigers couldn't close the deal on Saturday at the NCAA Men's Golf Championship.

West LaFayette, Ind.--A pair of double bogeys on the final hole on Saturday morning knocked Auburn out of the NCAA Men's Golf Championship.

Auburn resumed Friday's weather-delayed suspended round at 45-over-par with two players have three holes to finish, one with two to play and two others having one hole remaining. As a team the Tigers played their final hole a combined six-over-par on 18, including five over from players whose scores were counted, to finish at 50-over-par, one below the cutline behind Middle Tennessee State, the final of the 15 teams that qualified for Saturday's final round of the 72-hole event.

Senior Stephen Groover led the Tigers with a round of two-over-par 74, but finished with a six on the 484-yard par four 18th hole, the second toughest hole on the course in round three playing to an average of 4.71 strokes.

Another senior, Patton Kizzire, did the same thing with his double bogey finish to leave the course with a 75.

Auburn's top-ranked player, senior Jay Moseley, finished with a bogey to end the tournament with a round of 78.

Gordon Strother finished with a par for the Tigers, but the senior had bogeys on 16 and 17 to lose two strokes to par on Saturday and finish at 77.

Junior Glenn Northcutt ended a rough back nine with a bogey to finish at 79. His score did not count in the team total, which is determined by the four best scores of the round.

Auburn, which came into the tournament ranked 14th, finished with a second straight 16-over-par 304 round to end the tournament in 16th place with a 914 total.

Fifth-ranked UCLA, which shot a 298 on Friday, leads the tournament with a 24-over-par total of 888. No. 1 ranked Southern Cal and No. 10 Clemson are tied for second three strokes off the pace.

"Not too many teams from the afternoon wave in the third round even have a chance to make the cut," Auburn coach Mike Griffin said on Saturday. "We did what we needed to do to put ourselves in position. It is very tough coming out early in the morning and start on these tough finishing holes."

Saturday's finish to round three ended the 2007-2008 season for the Tigers.


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