May 28, 2013
ATLANTA -- The No. 18 Auburn men’s golf team is tied for 27th with No. 6 New Mexico after the first round of the NCAA Championship after shooting a 12-over 292 on Tuesday at the Capital City Club’s Crabapple Course.
Arizona State leads No. 8 Georgia Tech by four strokes at 270, followed by Alabama, who is in third at 275. Illinois is in fourth at 276 while No. 1 California is in fifth at 277. Rounding out the top-8 is Oklahoma at 278 and No. 3 Texas and No. 14 Oklahoma State at 279. Auburn is 13 shots out of eighth, the cutline for match play after the third round.
After the conclusion of the 54-holes, the NCAA Individual Champion will be announced and the top-eight teams will begin a seeded match play tournament to determine the overall winner.
“It was a tough day for us as we never got much going from the start,” Auburn head coach Nick Clinard said. “Our putting was extremely poor, but it is only one day. We will rebound tomorrow.”
The Tigers were led by senior Dominic Bozzelli, who is tied for 49th after shooting a 1-over 71. Bozzelli began the round with a bogey on No. 1 and moved to two-over after a bogey on No. 4. The Pittsford, N.Y. native birdied the par-3 No. 6, but bogeyed No. 9 before making the turn. Following bogeys on Nos. 11 and 12, Bozzelli carded back-to-back birdies on Nos. 13 and 14 before closing the round with a birdie on No. 18.
Sophomore Michael Johnson is tied for 66th at 72. Johnson bogeyed the 600-yard par-4 to make the turn at 1-over, but moved to even par after a birdie on No. 12. Johnson double bogeyed No. 14 to finish at 2-over.
All-SEC freshman Jake Mondy is tied for 95th at 73. After bogeys on Nos. 1, 4 and 9, Mondy birdied No. 12 before on bogey on No. 14 to finish at 3-over. Junior Niclas Carlsson is tied for 138th at 76 while All-SEC senior Michael Hebert is tied for 142 at 77.
Auburn will tee off Wednesday at 11:10 a.m. CT with Oklahoma State and LSU. Live scoring for the NCAA Championship can be found online at http://www.ncaa.com/content/di-mens-golf-leaderboard.