OPELIKA, Ala. – No. 6 Auburn men’s golf holds a commanding 14 stroke lead at the Tiger Invitational presented by Jason Dufner after two rounds of play. The Tigers carded a 5-under 283 Monday at the Grand National Lakes Course.
Auburn is 12-under 281-283—564 with Maryland (292-286—578) and Mississippi State (289-289—578) 14 strokes back in a tie for second.
Five Tigers occupy spots in the top 10 led by freshman Wells Padgett, who is playing as an individual. The Wichita, Kan. product sits in second at 6-under 68-70—138 after the second round. He tallied seven birdies on Monday on Nos. 1, 2, 5 and 7 on the front nine and 11, 12 and 14 on the back.
Sophomore Jovan Rebula is one stroke back from Padgett at 5-under-68-71—139 in a tie for third. All-American Senior Ben Schlottman (69-71–140) and junior Ryan Knop (70-70—140), also playing as an individual, are t-5 and freshman Brandon Mancheno is t-9 at 2-under 71-71—142.
Juniors Jacob Solomon (73-70—143) and Graysen Huff (76-67—143) sit in a tie for 14th.
Huff had the best round of any Tiger carding an eye-popping 5-under 67. He tallied seven birdies on the day with four coming on the front nine on Nos. 2, 4, 7, 9 and added three more on the back on Nos. 12, 14 and 15.
Kennesaw State (284-298—582) is in fourth, followed by Georgia State (296-287—583) and Southern Mississippi (296-287—583).
Minnesota (296-288—584) is in seventh, followed by Missouri (297-288—585), Charlotte (292—294—586), UNCG (293-296—589), Troy (302-288—590), Chattanooga (302-289—591), Kansas State (299-293—592), James Madison (299-294—593), UNCW (301-395—596), South Alabama (303-299—602) and Samford (313-308—621).
Maryland’s David Kocher holds the individual lead at 8-under 67-69—136.
The final round of the Tiger Invitational gets underway tomorrow at 8:40 a.m. CT. The Tigers will tee-off No. 1 at 9:30 with Maryland and Mississippi State. Live stats will be available at http://results.golfstat.com/public/leaderboards/gsnav.cfm?pg=team&tid=13910.
2 Wells Padgett (Ind) 68-70—138
T3 Jovan Rebula 68-71—139
T5 Ben Schlottman 69-71—140
T5 Ryan Knop (Ind) 70-70—140
T9 Brandon Mancheno 71-71—142
T14 Jacob Solomon 73-70—143
T14 Graysen Huff (Ind) 76-67—143
T32 Reagan Harrell (Ind) 73-74—147
T40 Trace Crowe 74-74—148
T40 Marcus Svensson (Ind) 76-72—148
T40 Andrew Kozan (Ind) 78-70—148