Auburn Earns Eighth Straight Top-Three Of The Season At The Hootie
March 29, 2011
Awendaw, S.C. - Junior Cory Gilmer earned his top collegiate finish Tuesday as the sixth-ranked Auburn men's golf team (286-855) tied for third at the Hootie at Bulls Bay in Awendaw, S.C.
Auburn bested two top-10 and four top-25 teams en route to the school's eighth-straight top-three finish. The Tigers have finished top-five in all 2010-11 tournaments and in 14 of the last 15 regular season events.
The Hootie also marked the fifth event this season four Auburn golfers finished in the top-25.
"This was a very strong field," said Auburn head coach Nick Clinard. "The weather presented a challenge for everyone here and I thought our guys stayed focused and played their game. Cory had an excellent finish. I've said before that he is a fantastic ball striker and it showed here in South Carolina."
No. 13 LSU (284-849) claimed the team title at 3-under par, followed by defending national champion and ninth-ranked Augusta State (287-850) in second place at 2-under. The Tigers shared third with No. 23 Duke (276-855) at 3-over.
Gilmer led the Tigers at even par, tying for 11th with rounds of 70, 71 and 72. The Birmingham, Ala., native's previous top finish was an 18th-place showing at the 2009 Jerry Pate National. Gilmer's 36-hole total at the Hootie was a career best while his 54-hole total of 313 was a new season low.
Sophomores Michael Hebert (69-215) and Blayne Barber (74-215) each tied for 17th at 2-over par. The pair earned their seventh and eighth top-20 finishes of the season, respectively. Hebert's final round 69 was his 16th round at par or better this season and his seventh in the 60s.
Wake Forest (288-856), No. 7 Texas A&M (286-856) and No. 21 N.C. State (283-856) tied for fifth followed by No. 5 Florida (289-869), Ole Miss (294-872), North Florida (292-877), No. 15 Virginia (291-877), North Carolina (285-879), South Carolina (288-883), Kentucky (294-884) and College of Charleston (304-912).
N.C. State's Mitchell Sutton (68-207) defeated LSU's Andrew Loupe (68-207) in a two-hole playoff for medalist honors after the pair completed regulation tied for the lead at 6-under.
Auburn is now 104-12-1 (.897) on the season with a 28-4 (.874) conference record. The Tigers are 15-9-1 (.625) against teams currently in the Golfweek top 25 and 5-3 against those in the top five.
The Tigers return to action March 27-29 at the Bluegrass Invitational held at the University Club in Lexington, Ky.
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