Tigers Struggle at Golf Regional

The Auburn men's golf team couldn't advance past the NCAA regional tournament.

Bryan, Tex.--The 2009-2010 Auburn men's golf season is finished as the Tigers failed to make the cut to advance to the NCAA Championships.

On Saturday at the Traditions Course the Tigers had by far their worst round of the tournament scoring 302 to drop out of contention at the NCAA South Central Regional. The 14-over-par total put the Tigers at 16-over-par 880 for the tournament.

Auburn tied for ninth place with Wichita State. Only the top five teams of the 14 competing in the regional move on the nationals.

Texas Tech shot 13-under-par 851 to edge host Texas A&M by a stroke. Auburn finished 11 strokes out of fifth place.

Will McCurdy tied for 12th place individually to lead the Tigers with rounds of 72, 70 and 72 on the par 72 course.

Cole Moreland opened with a 69 and then shot rounds of 73 and 76 for a 218 total.

John Stembridge finished at 222 with rounds of 71, 76 and 75.

David Zickler had rounds of 76, 75 and 79 to finish at 230, one shot ahead of teammate Kyle Kopsick who shot 80, 72 and 79.

"We put ourselves in position to make a run at the top five today but obviously didn't have the round we wanted," Auburn head coach Nick Clinard said. "Regardless, this was a fantastic experience for these guys.

"Cole Moreland was the only player on our team with any NCAA regional experience," Clinard noted. "It was very important for our team to advance to a regional this year. You never want to leave the season early, but it was a great learning experience as we prepare Auburn golf to become a championship-caliber program.

"We have come a long way since last year, both on and off the course," Clinard said. "The guys worked extremely hard to advance to regionals this year after missing the cut last season. Will McCurdy has consistently proven over the spring that he is becoming a solid golfer with two more great years of collegiate golf ahead of him. The progression he has made over the course of the year has been exciting to watch and a testament to his work ethic."


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