Another Ace for Tigers at Regional

The Auburn men's golf team is sixth in its NCAA regional tournament.

Bryan, Tex.--For a second day in a row an Auburn player produced a hole-in-one in the NCAA South Central Regional Men's Golf Tournament.

Sophomore Will McCurdy's ace came on the par, three 16th hole when he hit a five-iron from 189 yards out. The previous day, on Thursday, senior Cole Moreland had a hole-in-one.

As a team the Tigers are tied with North Florida for sixth place and need to move up one spot to be one of the five qualifiers for the NCAA Championship.

"I was kind of speechless, and my heart was beating really fast," McCurdy said of his initial reaction to the hole-in-one. "I didn't know what to do. I didn't expect it to go in. You never expect to make a hole-in-one. It was really exciting walking up on the green and picking the ball up out of the hole."

As a team the Tigers are at two-over-par 578. Host Texas A&M is the leader at 565, one shot ahead of Texas Tech and three ahead of TCU. Wichita State is fourth at 573 followed by Pepperdine at 574, four shots better than the Tigers. Tulsa and Baylor are two strokes behind Auburn.

"We have put ourselves in position and are right in the thick of things," Auburn head coach Nick Clinard said after Friday's round. "We are playing some great holes while making a few mental mistakes here and there that will cost us when it comes down to the wire. We need a full team effort and go out and finish strong."

McCurdy shot a 70 for the Tigers on Friday while Moreland had a 73. Kyle Kopsick bounced back from a first round score of 80 to shoot 72. The fourth score that counted was a 75 for David Zickler. The Tigers did not have to count John Stembridge's 76.

Commenting on his ace, McCurdy said, "The pin was tucked right over the bunker. The person who hit before me hit it short into the bunker so that made me want to hit it a couple yards further so at the very worst I wanted to hit it on the back side of the green and have a better putt at it. Actually, I hit it a bit heavy. I was begging for it to go, and it just barely cleared the bunker, and it happened to trickle right into the hole and ended up being the right yardage."

The final 18 holes will be played Friday at The Traditions Course.


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