Feb. 12, 2012
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The No. 2 Auburn men's golf team won its second tournament of the 2011-12 campaign by 16 strokes on Sunday afternoon behind junior Dominic Bozzelli's individual win at the Gator Invitational at the Mark Bostick Golf Course at the University of Florida.
The Tigers shot 279-281-288--848 (+8) in the two-day tournament defeating No. 8 Arkansas by 16 strokes who shot 288-289-287--864 (+24). Host Florida finished in the third place at 25-over, while No. 21 UCF (+31) and No. 17 Florida State (+33) round out the top five.
"It was a great win for Dominic and the team," head coach Nick Clinard said. "I am proud of all six of my players. We are happy, but we definitely didn't play our best today. We continue to have lots of work to do to be great. We need the next two weeks to work on our ball striking and short games."
Bozzelli won his second-straight individual title after shooting an even-par 70 in the final round. The Pittsford, N.Y., native shot a career best 6-under 64 in the second round to propel him into first.
Junior Blayne Barber posted his second-straight top five finish of the season after bouncing back from a 6-over 76 second round. The Lake City, Fla., native carded a 1-under 69 to finish tied for third. Sophomore Niclas Carlsson, who played as an individual, finished tied for sixth with a 4-over 214 for the tournament, which is his highest ranked finish since tying for fifth at last year's Gator Invitational.
Junior Michael Hebert finished at a season-high ninth place after finishing at 5-over 215. Freshman Michael Johnson finished in the top 20 for the fourth time this season. The Birmingham, Ala., native tied for 19th at 9-over par.
Jackson Beindorf rounded out the Tigers' lineup tied for 63rd at 20-over.
Auburn returns to action on February 25th at the Desert Intercollegiate in Palm Desert, Calif.