April 13, 2014
Freshman Matt Gilchrest collected his first collegiate tournament victory as the Southlake, Texas, native fired a final round 71 to claim the individual title at the UK Bluegrass Invitational on Sunday. Teammate Niclas Carlsson tied for second at minus-5 as No. 19 Auburn golf was the team runner-up.
"Great win for Matt today and the first of many," Auburn head coach Nick Clinard said. "He showed a lot of guts to come back from hole number eight, which shows how tough he is."
Gilchrest shot a 68-68-71--207 to finish at 9-under, five strokes clear of Carlsson (68-69-74--211) and Kentucky's Ben Stow.
"Niclas also played fantastic this week and has continued to show why he's a big-time player," Clinard said.
Will Long moved up 20 spots in the final round, going from a tie for 36th to a tie for 16th with a final round 70. He shot 75-74-70--219 to finish at plus-3 along with three others, including teammate Daniel Stringfellow (71-74-74--219). Jake Mondy (75-74-74--223) tied for 21st at plus-7.
"Will played very well today and I'm proud of him," Clinard said. "We need a lot more production from our four and five spot and we will continue to challenge these guys. We have a great team and I'm looking forward to the rest of the year."
Playing as an individual, Ryan Benton moved up 10 spots on the final day to finish in a tie for 12th. He shot 74-72-72--218 to finish at plus-2.
Kentucky led from start to finish, shooting 280-283-289--852 (minus-12) while Auburn (282-285-289--856, minus-8) was second the entire time. Cincinnati (284-287-295--866, plus-2), Eastern Kentucky (287-291-304--882, plus-18) and Bradley (291-296-302--889, plus-25) rounded out the top five.
Auburn will play in the Capital City Club Match Play on Saturday, April 19, before heading to the SEC Tournament April 25-27 at Seaside Golf Club at Sea Island, Ga.