March 12, 2013
OPELIKA, Ala. – The 20th-ranked Auburn men’s golf team finished in third at the inaugural Tiger Invitational Presented by Jason Dufner on Tuesday at the Grand National Lake Course. Auburn shot an 899 for the tournament.
Mississippi State swept the tournament, winning the team and individual title. The Bulldogs shot an 889, led by Chad Ramsey’s 3-under 213. Memphis placed second at 896, while South Alabama finished fourth at 900. Kentucky, Chattanooga and Houston tied for fifth at 901.
“Niclas played great all week,” head coach Nick Clinard. “He has worked hard, and it is well deserved. He came up short today, but he will have a lot of chances to win some more tournaments in his career. As a team, we have to improve our short game, but we will continue to get better.”
Junior Niclas Carlsson recorded his second straight top-5 finish of the season, finishing in second at even par. Carlsson entered the final round as the leader at 2-under, but shot a 74 in third round. The reigning SEC Golfer of the Week bogeyed his first hole of the day, but birdied No. 14 to move back to even. On the front-9, Carlsson bogeyed Nos. 1 and 4.
Senior Michael Hebert finished tied for 22nd at 226 after carding a 76 in the third round. Sophomore Michael tied for 25th at 227, shooting a 77 in the final round.
Senior Dominic Bozzelli finished in 49th at 232, while senior David Zickler tied for 69th at 239.
Redshirt freshman Jake Mondy and redshirt sophomore Dan Stringfellow, who were playing as individuals, finished tied for 22nd at 226 and tied for 35th at 229, respectively.
The Tigers will defend their title at the Hootie at Bulls Bay March 24-26 at the Bulls Bay Golf Club in Awendaw, S.C.