March 5, 2013
HOOVER, Ala. – The No. 20 Auburn men’s golf team won its third tournament of the season, and 11th under head coach Nick Clinard, on Tuesday winning the Samford Intercollegiate at the Hoover Country Club with an 1-over 865.
The Tigers shot a tournament low 2-under 286 in the final round to erase a 5-shot deficit to win by 11 over Vanderbilt. Georgia Southern finished in third at 880, while Winthrop (887) and Samford (888) round out the top-5.
“All three rounds were a team effort, and I am proud of the guys for picking up our third team win of the season today,” Clinard said. “We played sloppy at times each round, but they were resilient and tough. Our short games were exposed this week and we have lots of room to improve. The guys are excited about preparing for our home event next week, which should be a lot of fun.”
All-American senior Dominic Bozzelli earned his third top-10 finish, finishing tied for second at 3-under 213. After shooting a 1-over 73 in the first round, Bozzelli rebounded with a 1-under 71 in the second round, followed by a 3-under 69 in the third round.
Sophomore Michael Johnson finished tied for 7th at 1-over 217 for his third top-10 finish of the season. Johnson carded a 74 in the second round before closing out the tournament with an even-72. Senior David Zickler notched his best finish of the season, finishing in 13th at 4-over 220. After firing a 72 in the second round, Zickler shot a 3-over 75 in the final round.
Junior Niclas Carlsson earned his second top-20 finish of the campaign, tying for 14th at 5-over 221. Carlsson shot a 5-over 77 in the second round, but responded with a 2-under 70 in the final round. Senior Michael Hebert tied for 23rd with a 7-over 223.
The Tigers return to action March 11-12 as they host the Tiger Invitational at the Grand National Lake Course in Opelika, Ala.
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