Feb. 5, 2014
The Auburn golf team begins its spring season this week, opening at the 24th annual Amer Ari Invitational at Waikoloa, Hawai'I from Thursday through Saturday. The event will be played on the King's Course, a Scottish links-style 7,074 yard, par-72 course.
"This week presents a great challenge for our team and we are well prepared," Auburn head coach Nick Clinard said. "The course is in good shape and we are excited to get out and compete. We are dedicating this spring semester to Danielle (Downey) and look forward to representing the Auburn Family." Seven out of the top-25 ranked teams will be participating in the event, which is a three-round tournament. Auburn goes into the spring just outside the top-25 after a pair of top-five finishes in the fall, including a runner-up showing at the Wolf Run Intercollegiate.
Auburn finished eighth at last year's Amer Ari Invitational on the heels of a strong showing by winner Dominic Bozzelli, who shot a 70-68-67--205 (minus-11). With Bozzelli now graduated, Auburn will look to Niclas Carlsson, Dan Stringfellow and Jake Mondy to lead the team. Carlsson shot a 71-76-73--220 (plus-4) to finish tied for 60th last year while Stringfellow (74-74-74--222) and Mondy (79-75-68--222) both finished plus-6, tied for 70th.
Auburn's lineup for the week will consist of Matt Gilchrest, Mondy, Victor Henum, Carlsson and Stringfellow. Will Long will also compete as an individual.
Downey was the Director of Operations for both the Auburn's men's and women's golf teams. She passed away on January 30 after a fatal car accident.
Live scoring for the event will be provided by Golf Stat.