Feb. 15, 2008
AUBURN - The No. 15 Auburn men's golf team will open its spring season Feb. 20-22 in the John Burns Intercollegiate at the par-72, 6,916-yard Leilehua Golf Course in Wahiawa, Hawaii.
Senior Jay Moseley will lead Auburn in the No. 1 position followed by junior Glenn Northcutt at No. 2. Senior Jamie Bowen will occupy the No. 3 spot while senior Steven Groover will play at No. 4. Sophomore Cole Moreland will be making his first trip to Wahiawa, holding down the No. 5 spot.
"I was ready to go last week," said Auburn head coach Mike Griffin.
"It's a very top-heavy field. I'm very excited about Jamie and Cole making the trip. We know this course. Cole is the only one who has never seen it.
"It's a good course - straight forward. It's almost on the center of the island so we won't have as windy of a situation you tend to get on the coast. It has four of best par-3's you have ever seen.
If you come out even on the par-3's you've got a good chance of winning. The par-4's and 5's are where you do your scoring. There are a couple of drivable par-4's you can either turn into an eagle or
a double bogey."
The field includes Arizona, Denver, No. 22 UNLV, UTEP, San Diego State, Nagoya, San Jose State, Hawaii-Hilo, BYU, Texas A&M, Arkansas, UC-Santa Barbara, New Mexico, SMU, San Diego, California, Utah, Long Beach State, Hawaii-Manoa, Nevada-Reno and Fresno State.
The Tigers have appeared in the John Burns Intercollegiate 15 times, winning in 1996 and finishing second in 1993, 2001 and 2002.
In the 2006 John Burns Intercollegiate, Auburn set school records for lowest 36-hole (-29) and 54-hole (-30) team totals. Jay Moseley
set individual school records for 36- (-12) and 54-hole (-14) shot totals in relation to par.
The three-day, 54-hole tournament begins Wednesday at noon Central.