Feb. 18, 2014
The No. 27 Auburn golf team fired a final-round 2-under, 286, to win the 2014 Mobile Bay Intercollegiate by six strokes over runner-up No. 36 Kentucky. Niclas Carlsson was Auburn's top individual finisher, shooting a final-round even-par 72 for a three-round minus-4 to finish in second place.
"I'm really proud of the team as they played well," head coach Nick Clinard said. "They were very focused and patient this week and it showed in our scores."
Auburn entered the final round as the overall leader after Monday's first two rounds. The team then received sub-par final rounds from Will Long (71) and Jake Mondy (71) and even-par rounds from Carlsson and Gilchrest to give Clinard's team its first win of the season and the 12th tournament win under Clinard overall.
Playing on the Magnolia Grove Crossings Course, Long finished tied for third, a single stroke behind Carlsson at minus-3, while Mondy finished tied for 17th at plus-3. Gilchrest and Daniel Stringfellow each finished at plus-6, tied for 34th in the 75-player field.
"Will and Niclas played outstanding and did a great job scoring their ball. The team has an opportunity to be really good by the end of the year," Clinard said.
Wake Forest's Clancy Waugh shot a final round minus-4 (68) to move from third to first on the final day.
Auburn's Blake Messer won the USA Individual Tournament with a final round 70 to finish at plus-3 on the Magnolia Grove Falls Golf Course. His final round 70 helped him to a four stroke victory over teammate Victor Wiggins, who tied for second at plus-7. Ryan Benton tied for fourth at plus-9 and Victory Henum tied for 17th at plus-15.
"I am extremely proud of Blake for winning the individual title in the individual tournament on the other course," Clinard said. "He's going to be a big-time player at Auburn."
Auburn returns to action on March 2 at the USF Invitational at Lake Jovita Country Club in Dade City, Fla. The tournament runs until March 4.