Oct. 21, 2012
The No. 6 Auburn men's golf team finished in a tie for ninth place at the U.S. Collegiate after shooting a final round 3-over 291 Sunday at the Golf Club of Georgia.
Host No. 12 Georgia Tech edged out No. 7 UCLA by one stroke for the team title by shooting a team total 10-over (874). No. 4 Southern California finished in third place, five strokes behind the lead (879).
"I thought we played a nice round today," said Auburn head coach Nick Clinard. "I was glad to see Blake (Soni) step up today and proud to see Michael Johnson playing at the high level we know he is capable of playing. He (Michael Johnson) has carried the team two weeks straight. Overall, we got to play eight of our ten guys on the team this fall, and we gained some good experience because of that."
All -SEC sophomore Michael Johnson fired an even-par 72 to lead the Tigers for the third straight day and notched his second straight runner-up finish individually. After suffering a double bogey at the par-3 13th hole, Johnson rolled in birdies on three of his last five holes to maintain his share of second place at 3-under (213).
Johnson was in close contention for most of the front nine, but Stanford's Patrick Rodgers took control on the back nine. Rodgers went 3-under on the last nine holes and went on to win the individual title by four strokes.
Senior Michael Hebert shot a 2-over 74 to finish in a tie for 41st at 8-over (224). Hebert had one birdie and one bogey through nine holes, but made two bogeys on the back to finish at 2-over for the day.
Redshirt sophomore Blake Soni carded his best round of the week, an even-par 72, to finish tied for 46th (225). Soni made four birdies on the day, two of which came in the last five holes.
All-American senior Dominic Bozzelli shot his second straight 73 but tied for 50th for the event (226).
Redshirt freshman Jake Mondy shot a 76 in the final round and finished 65th (231).
The U.S. Collegiate marks the end of the fall season for the Tigers. They will return to action February 6-8 at the Amer Ari Invitational in Waikoloa, Hawaii.
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