No. 9 Auburn In Lead Heading Into Final Round Of Carpet Capital
Sept. 10, 2011
DALTON, Ga. - The ninth-ranked Auburn men's golf team holds a five stroke lead heading into Sunday's final round of the Carpet Capital Collegiate at The Farm Golf Club in Dalton, Ga.
The Tigers, who started the day in fifth, shot a 9-under second round to surge to 7-under and the top of the leaderboard. Auburn made the most of it's opening nine holes after starting the day going off the back nine, making the turn at 10-under par.
"We finished really strong," said Auburn assistant coach Evan Osteen. "Hats off to our team. This is a tough course and they finished what they started in the opening nine holes. They are managing their games very well."
No. 16 Clemson (287-574), Chattanooga (287-574) and Tennessee (281-574) are tied for second at 2-under par followed by No. 3 Alabama (284-575) at 1-under.
"We're going to have to stay patient," said Osteen. "The pins are going to be tough tomorrow. We have to pick our spots wisely. In college golf, anything can happen over the course of a couple holes. A lot can change. We need to keep playing smart and take care of business."
Sophomore Niclas Carlsson (67-141) got things rolling for Auburn after a pair of eagles in his opening six holes. Carlsson, a member of the 2011 Swedish amateur team, finished the day with a 5-under 67, tying him for fifth at 3-under par.
"We started on No. 10 today and Niclas eagled both back nine par 5s," said Osteen. "He hit a beautiful 5-iron to about five feet on No. 15. He's tied for most pars so far in this tournament. He's striking the ball very solid and putting well."
Senior Will McCurdy (72-142) shot even for his second round, following an opening round 70 and is currently tied for 10th, individually.
Junior Dominic Bozzelli also had a strong opening nine, carding four birdies to a single bogey. The Pittsford, N.Y., native finished the day at 4-under and is tied for 15th at even par.
True freshman Michael Hebert (70-147) responded well following an opening round 77 to start the tourney, shooting a 2-under 70 on Saturday. The Birmingham, Ala., product closed Saturday tied for 26th at 3-over.
Junior Michael Hebert (78-150) is tied for 39th at 6-over.
With their second round complete, the team was able to catch the end of the Auburn football win over Mississippi State back on The Plains.
"It was perfect," said Osteen. "We wrapped up the round and were able to catch the final seven minutes of the game. It was definitely an exciting finish and a big win for our football team."
No. 15 Georgia (293-582) is in sixth followed by No. 4 Georgia Tech (297-583), No. 17 LSU (291-585), Wake Forest (291-589), Kennesaw State (288-589), South Carolina (295-590) and Middle Tennessee State (298-595).
Georgia's Bryden MacPherson (67-139) and Chattanooga's Benjamin Weilguni (67-139) are tied for the individual lead.
The Tigers tee off the front nine at 9 a.m. CT with Tennessee and Chattanooga.
Tournament central for the Carpet Capital Collegiate can be accessed via www.TheFarmGolfClub.org. Live scoring will be available at www.GolfStat.com.
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