May 29, 2013
ATLANTA - The No. 18 Auburn men's golf team is tied for 23rd with Texas Tech at 11-over 571 after two rounds of play at the NCAA Championship at the Capital City Club's Crabapple Course. The Tigers are 11 strokes out of eighth, the cutline for match play after Thursday's round.
No. 8 Georgia Tech paces the field at 12-under 548. No. 1 California is in second at 549 followed by No. 3 Texas (550), No. 2 Alabama (551), No. 13 Arkansas (557), Illinois (557), Arizona State (288) and No. 22 Texas A&M (560).
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.
"We played very well and rebounded nicely," Auburn head coach Nick Clinard said. "Dominic (Bozzelli), Niclas (Carlsson) and Michael (Johnson) all had nice rounds. We made more putts today. We need to go out tomorrow and play more aggressive and make more putts. We want to finish in the top eight. It doesn't matter if we finish 15th, 18th or 25th."
Senior Dominic Bozzelli leads the Tigers in a tie for 24th at 2-under for the tournament. Bozzelli birdied No. 16 to make the turn at 1-under. After a birdie on No. 1, the Pittsford, N.Y. native bogeyed No. 2 but closed the round with birdies on Nos. 5 and 7 to finish at 3-under.
"I hit the ball well today and made some putts," Bozzelli said. "We played well as a team and go out and stick to our game plan tomorrow."
Sophomore Michael Johnson is tied for 58th at 2-over. Johnson began the round with a birdie on No. 12, but bogeyed No. 17 to finish the back-9 at even par. Johnson carded back-to-back birdies on Nos. 4 and 5 to move to 2-under, but bogeyed Nos. 8 and 9 to finish the day.
Junior Niclas Carlsson is tied for 97th at 5-over after shooting a 1-under 69. Carlsson fired birdies on Nos. 14 and 17 to make the turn at 2-under, but bogeyed Nos. 1 and 6 before a birdie on No. 9. All-SEC freshman Jake Mondy is tied for 113th at 6-over while All-SEC senior Michael Hebert is tied for 148th at 11-over.
Auburn will tee off Thursday morning at 7:40 a.m. CT with UNLV and Texas Tech. Live scoring for the NCAA Championship can be found online at http://www.ncaa.com/content/di-mens-golf-leaderboard.