No. 4 Auburn Men's Golf Moves From 8th to a Tie For 4th After NCAA Greensboro Regional Second Round; Barber in 3rd


May 18, 2012

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The fourth-ranked Auburn men's golf team moved from eighth to a tie for fourth after shooting a 4-over 292 for a 12-over 588 total after the NCAA Greensboro Regional second round at Grandover Resort East Course on Friday. All-American Blayne Barber fired a 4-under 68 and All-SEC Dominic Bozzelli a 70 to lead the Tigers.

The Tigers are two shots behind third-place and No. 19 Florida (287-586) and while only having a one shot cushion from sixth-place Texas Tech (295-589) heading into Saturday's final round. The top five teams and top individuals not on those teams advance to the NCAA Championship May 29-June 3 at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.

Seven teams are within six shots from third to ninth place.

"Blayne and Dominic played very, very well with a 68 and a 70," said Auburn head coach Nick Clinard. "We just didn't ham and egg it again today. We counted a 78 and a 76 today and counted a 76 yesterday as well. We have our work cut out for us tomorrow. We are looking forward to it and will be ready to go."

Barber jumped from a tie for 15th to a tie for third with Campbell's Vaita Guilluame as they are four shots behind leader Matt Schovee of SMU, who is at 7-under 137. Liberty's Robert Karlsson is in second at 5-under. Barber had a bogey-free round that included four birdies at Nos. 4, 6, 14 and 18.

"Today was a good day as we moved up the leaderboard as a team, which is big," said Barber. "It was tough out there, but I think we hung in there pretty well. We are in a good position to do what we need to do tomorrow and try to win a golf tournament.

"It was a great round. The biggest thing for me was making a few par-savers that you have to make to keep your round going. I was fortunate to have those fall today. I think that was the biggest key."

Bozzelli climbed 27 spots from a tie for 39th to a tie for 12th as he mixed six birdies with four bogeys. Opening the round on the back nine, the Pittsford, N.Y., native birdied No. 11 and bogeyed the par-5 13th before making birdies at the 14th and par-5 18th, making the turn at 2-under. He birdied the par-5 second hole but three-putted from five feet on the par-3 third. He closed out his round with a bogey on No. 5, birdies at Nos. 6 and 8 and bogeying No. 9.

"I had it going and had a chance to get it to 4-under, but I had a three-putt from five feet on my 12th hole that really sucked me back a little bit," said Bozzelli. "That stopped my momentum, but I got it back with birdies at six and eight so that was nice. I unfortunately finished with a three putt on nine.

"I thought I did a lot of good things well today, and I have to go work on the range and get ready for tomorrow."

All-SEC Niclas Carlsson is tied for 33rd with a 76 for a 6-over 150 total. He double-bogeyed a pair of par 3s at Nos. 12 and 3 while two birdies offset two bogeys. Freshman All-SEC Michael Johnson is tied for 45th with a 79-152 while All-SEC Will McCurdy is in 56th with a 78-154.

Sixth-seeded Liberty (293-576) and seventh-seeded SMU (294-582) continue to be the leaders as the Flames (293-576) extended their first round edge from five to six over the Mustangs. No. 19 Florida is in third at 287-586 followed by No. 4 Auburn (292-588), Lamar (293-588) and Texas Tech (295-589).

Tulsa (297-590) fell from third to seventh, ahead of Indiana (293-591), No. 18 Duke (291-592) and No. 9 UNLV (304-597), who fell from third to 10th. Louisiana-Lafayette is in 11th at 305-600 followed by Charlotte (304-607), George Washington (310-622) and Mount St. Mary's (317-628).

Auburn will tee off in Saturday's final round on the No. 1 tee beginning at 6:55 am Central with Lamar and Texas Tech.

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