Auburn Stretches Lead To 14 Shots Entering Billy Hitchcock Final Round; Moore Takes Individual Lead At 8-under 136
AUBURNTIGERSDOTCOM Stuart Moore fired an 8-under 64 Saturday.
Stuart Moore fired an 8-under 64 Saturday.

April 8, 2006

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    AUBURN --- Senior All-SEC Stuart Moore fired an 8-under 64 to help the Auburn men's golf team increase its lead to 14 shots with a second round 11-under 277 at the Billy Hitchcock Intercollegiate at the par-72, 7,275-yard Auburn University Club Saturday.

    Moore's 64 marks the lowest score in a competitive round at the AU Club and the second lowest round in Hitchcock history. The course record is 63, set by former Auburn golfer Layne Savoie. Moore (136) is five shots ahead of Memphis' Ian Rochester, who carded a 1-under 71 for a 141 total. Auburn junior Andrew Medley, who entered the day with a share of the lead, is in third following a 1-over 73 for a 143 total.

    Auburn's 277 in the second round set the mark for the lowest 18-hole score in the Billy Hitchcock Intercollegiate.

    Charlotte is in second with a 289-581 followed by Ole Miss (292-592), Southeastern Louisiana (297-594), Memphis (301-597), North Florida (293-597), Mercer (293-603), UAB (302-605), Mississippi State (294-605), Jacksonville State (309-609) and College of Charleston (309-619). South Alabama will have its scores counted individually due to a withdrawal.



    Auburn sophomore Patton Kizzire (70-145) is tied for ninth at 1-over while sophomore Jay Moseley (73-146) and true freshman Glenn Northcutt (70-146) are tied for 13th at 2-over par. Sophomore Steven Groover (75-149) and redshirt freshman Keith White, playing individually, are tied for 22nd and 26th, respectively.

    "It was definitely a good move day," head coach Mike Griffin said. "I'm proud of the way we played, in particular Stuart Moore. He had an excellent round. Every time I looked up he was hitting it close again. I'm very proud of him.

    "I'm real proud of Patton Kizzire and Glenn Northcutt for coming back from yesterday's poor rounds. They struggled yesterday and came through when we needed them today. All-in-all it was a good day."

    Moore began the day with birdies on each of his first two holes. He made the turn at 3-under for the day and carded five more birdies for the 64 total, finishing with eight birdies and 10 pars. His 31 on the back nine tied the record for the lowest nine-hole score in the Hitchcock.

    "The last two or three weeks, I've been shooting poorly," Moore said. "I started off really good today. I made a 15-20 footer on No. 2 and made a good birdie on No. 8. Then I had a good up and down on No. 9. On No. 10 I had a good par save. Something just clicked from then on."

    "I'm very proud of him," Griffin said of Moore. "He has been a solid player for us this year. He has put himself in good position. Stuart has won amateur events before. His 64 in tournament conditions was as good as the course record here of 63."

    Sunday's final round will begin at 8:00 am with a split-tee format. Auburn will tee of the No. 1 hole at 8:50 with Charlotte and Ole Miss. Live scoring can be followed at