Tigers Claim 11th Hitchcock Title; Moore Takes Medalist Honors
AUBURNTIGERSDOTCOM Stuart Moore claimed his first collegiate tournament title Sunday.
AUBURNTIGERSDOTCOM
Stuart Moore claimed his first collegiate tournament title Sunday.
AUBURNTIGERSDOTCOM

April 9, 2006

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    AUBURN, Ala. --- Five Auburn players finished in the top-15 led by medalist Stuart Moore as the Auburn men's golf team fired a 5-over 293 to claim its 11th title in the Billy Hitchcock Intercollegiate with a 4-under 860 at the par 72, 7,275-yard Auburn University Club Sunday.

    "It was a big win for us," head coach Mike Griffin said. "This was the last in this series of Hitchcock tournaments and we wanted to go out with a win. I am very proud of Stuart and pleased with the play of Andrew and Glenn. They had solid tournaments. I don't think we've ever had the top three individuals in this tournament. This is something to build on for the SEC Championship."

    Moore, who began the day with a five-shot lead, carded a final round 73 for a 7-under 209 total to claim his first title in a collegiate tournament, seven strokes ahead of teammates Glenn Northcutt and Andrew Medley, who finished at even-par 216. Northcutt and Medley carded final rounds of 70 and 73 respectively.

    Moore became the fifth Auburn golfer to win medalist honors in the Hitchcock and the first since Kevin Haefner in 2002.

     

     

    "It was tough coming back from yesterday where it seemed like everything went right," Moore said. "It is nice to get the win. I feel like I should have won here by now, but I feel like I played well. It is good to win at home."

    "Stuart played well," Griffin said. "He had a good tournament. I'm proud of him. It is nothing new for him to win a tournament. He has won amateur events, but this is his first win in a collegiate tournament. Winning at home is special for him"

    Sophomore All-SEC Patton Kizzire finished tied for 15th at 77-222 while sophomore Jay Moseley finished tied for 18th at 77-223.

    Sophomore Steven Groover finished in ninth at 70-219 and redshirt freshman Keith White finished tied for 24th at 75-225. Both played as individuals.

    Groover, Medley, Moore and Northcutt were named to the all-tournament team.

    The Tigers opened the day with a comfortable 14-stroke lead and cruised to the victory. Charlotte finished in second at 300-881 followed by Ole Miss (291-883), Southeastern Louisiana (301-895), North Florida (303-900), Memphis (304-901), Mercer (302-905), Jacksonville State (300-909), Mississippi State (305-910), UAB (310-915) and College of Charleston (315-934).

    The Tigers earned their third straight win in the Hitchcock and their 10th in 12 years the same day in which the tournament's namesake passed away. Former Auburn athlete Billy Hitchcock died early Sunday at the age of 89. He was a halfback from 1935 to 1937 and became the first Auburn football player to score a touchdown in a bowl game during the 1937 Bacardi Bowl.

    Hitchcock also had a long career in professional baseball. After graduating from Auburn in 1938, he was drafted by the New York Yankees. He continued to play in the Yankee organization until 1942 when he left to enter World War II. Hitchcock eventually returned to baseball following the war and played until 1953. After his playing days, he served as manager of the Baltimore Orioles and Atlanta Braves. In 1971, Hitchcock was named president of the Southern League where he served until 1980.

    In 1975, he was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame and received the Walter Gilbert Award, given annually to former Auburn athletes who have distinguished themselves through achievements after graduating from Auburn.

    "The thought of Mr. Billy passing on the last day of this tournament is unbelievable," Griffin said. "We wanted to honor him and when we found out that he was kind enough and his family was kind enough to allow us to use his name, we were elated. I got to know him personally. He was a great human being and he must have been a fabulous coach, just look at the record. But the person he was superceded that. We will miss him. His memory will be with us forever."

    This closes out the regular season portion of Auburn's schedule. The Tigers return to action April 21-23 at the SEC Championship in Sea Island, Ga.