Feb. 16, 2010
HOUSTON - The Auburn men's golf team (303-905) placed second following Tuesday's final round of the Rice Intercollegiate led by sophomore Will McCurdy (76-223) finished in a three-way tie for third behind Rice's Chris Brown (69-216) and Michael Whitehead (73-220).
The Tigers completed the opening 36-holes on Monday in second place, after battling tough weather conditions in a day that just saw one even-par round from the 81-player field. Tuesday's final round was notably less windy as temperatures rose slightly. The second-place finish is the highest for Auburn since finishing second at the 2008 Shoal Creek Invitational in Birmingham, Ala.
All five Auburn golfers placed in the top 25 as senior Cole Moreland (77-226) tied for ninth, sophomore John Stembridge (74-227) finished 12th, sophomore Kyle Kopsick (76-230) tied for 20th and sophomore David Zickler (77-231) tied for 22nd.
"The conditions on day one were tough, but the wind died down today which made things a little easier for everybody," said Auburn head coach Nick Clinard. "Leaving here with a number two finish will be good for our confidence heading into the remainder of our season. It's only going to get tougher from here. It was good to get out here and shake of the cobwebs.
"Will (McCurdy) played a great tournament. He's worked very hard all season to improve his game and it was nice to see him leave here with a solid performance."
Kopsick finished second in par-3 scoring, averaging 3.08 strokes per hole while Moreland and McCurdy tied for third in the par-4 category, averaging 4.1.
Rice (292-886) claimed the team title, followed by Auburn, Pacific (297-909), Kansas (296-921), Nebraska (302-923), Florida Gulf Coast (302-924), Houston (306-927), Louisiana Tech (297-928), Miami (OH) (301-929), Missouri State (306-931), Northern Colorado (312-933), New Orleans (309-935), Louisiana-Monroe (305-943), Houston Baptist (316-952) and Hartford (315-999).
The Tigers return to action March 5-6 and The Border Olympics, held at the par-72, 7,125-yard Loredo Country Club in Loredo, Texas.