Oct. 20, 2012
AUBURN - The No. 6 Auburn men's golf team is tied for ninth place after shooting a 10-over 298 in the second round of the U.S. Collegiate at the Golf Club of Georgia Saturday.
No. 7 UCLA took the team lead by shooting the day's only under-par team score, a 5-under 283. They lead host No. 12 Georgia Tech by two and No. 4 Southern California by eight with one round to play.
"We played well on the front and struggled on the back. We are close to playing very well if we can just free it up a bit tomorrow," said Auburn head coach Nick Clinard. "I would like us to have the low final team round tomorrow, and we are very capable of it."
All-SEC sophomore Michael Johnson shot an even-par 72 to lead the Tigers for the second straight day and is in a tie for 2nd place individually.
After making all pars on the front side, Johnson bogeyed No. 12 but bounced back with a birdie at No. 13. After a bogey at No. 15, Johnson made a birdie to close out his round at No. 18. Johnson trails only Oklahoma State's Talor Gooch by two shots heading into the final round.
Senior Michael Hebert carded a 76 for a two-day total of 150 (+6) and is tied for 40th. Hebert birdied the opening hole, but suffered four bogeys and a double bogey during the round.
All-American senior Dominic Bozzelli shot 73 and is now tied for 56th at 9-over 153. Bozzelli started his round with two straight birdies for the second straight day, but had five bogeys against four birdies for the day.
Redshirt sophomore Blake Soni shot a 5-over 77 in the second round and is tied with Bozzelli for 56th in the 79-player field.
Redshirt freshman Jake Mondy also shot 77, which left him in a tie for 63rd individually.
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