May 18, 2006
ORLANDO - Sophomore Jay Moseley fired an even par-72 as the Auburn men's golf team is in ninth with an 8-over 296 after the NCAA East Regional first round at the 7179-yard Lake Nona Golf & Country Club Thursday in Orlando. The top 10 teams in the 27-team field of the three-day, 54-hole tournament advance to the NCAA Championship.
Top-ranked Georgia is in first at 4-under 284 followed by No. 16 Wake Forest (285),No. 9 UNLV (287), Rhode Island (288), No. 13 Texas Tech (289), No. 5 UCLA (292), No. 12 North Carolina (294), Georgia Southern (295), Auburn (296) and Jacksonville (297) to round out the top 10.
"You have to be pleased with our position after day one, but I am a little bit upset with the way we leaked some oil on the way in,"
said Auburn head coach Mike Griffin of the Tigers, who started their round on the 10th hole and finished on the ninth. "Jay had a fine round, and one that I am very proud of. This is just one day of the tournament, and we have a lot of golf left to play. We need to have a little practice, put some food in their bellies and get some rest as we have a quick turnaround playing Friday morning."
Three teams are tied for 11th at 298 including No. 11 Georgia State, No. 19 Southern California and Western Illinois. Charlotte and Indiana are tied for 14th at 299 followed by Notre Dame (300), No. 24 Coastal Carolina (301), Florida State (302), South Carolina (305) and Maryland (305). George Washington is in 21st at 307 and is ahead of Richmond (309), Tennessee (310), Liberty (311), Wichita State (311), Binghamton (312) and Army (314).
After bogeying No. 10, the first hole of the round, Moseley had back-to-back birdies at Nos. 14 and 15 to make the turn at 1-under. He birdied the par-5 second hole to get it to 2-under before double-bogeying the par-4 fifth. The Bainbridge, Ga., native is tied for 15th and is six shots behind individual leader Jonathan Jackson of North Carolina at 6-under 66. Georgia's Brendon Todd is a shot behind at 67 and is in second.
"It is the best that I have hit the ball all year," Moseley said. "I never got into trouble all day except for my double bogey when I dumped my approach in the bunker. You have to keep the ball straight playing in this wind to avoid the trouble. I am very happy with the way I played. I had many chances at birdie but couldn't get the putts to fall. I couldn't have hit the ball any better."
A pair of Tigers in senior All-SEC Stuart Moore and sophomore Patton Kizzire are tied for 39th at 2-over 74. Kizzire was 3-over after three bogeys on his first eight holes, but birdied No. 1 to get it to 2-over par. The Tuscaloosa, Ala., native then mixed in a bogey at No. 3 and a birdie at No. 5. Moore got off to a great start with a birdie on the par-5 No. 11 but made bogeys at Nos. 13, 14 and 18 to make the turn at 2-over. He birdied No. 5 but gave it back with a bogey on No. 7.
Freshman Glenn Northcutt is tied for 66th at 76, but he birdied No. 11 to get to 1-under before only making one more birdie on the day at No. 1. The Dothan, Ala., native had three bogeys on each side at Nos. 15, 16 and 18 as well as Nos. 2, 7 and 8. Junior Andrew Medley shot an 80 and is tied for 80th. After bogeying No. 10, he had four-straight bogeys from Nos. 14-17 to turn at 5-over. He bogeyed No.
1 and then had a birdie on the par-3 fourth hole.
Auburn tees off in Friday's second round at 7:05 am Central on the No. 1 tee with Coastal Carolina and Tennessee. Live-scoring of all three NCAA Regionals can be followed at www.golfstat.com.