March 9, 2014
The No. 28 Auburn men's golf team and Grand National are set to host the 2014 Tiger Invitational presented by Jason Dufner on Monday, March 10 and Tuesday, March 11. The field will include 84 total players and 15 teams, three of which are ranked in the top 50 in the country.
"It's a privilege to host the Tiger Invitational at Grand National and I would like to thank Jason Dufner and Jay Jacobs for their commitment to the event," Auburn head coach Nick Clinard said. "Jason loves Auburn and college golf and we are looking forward to him being out there Monday and Tuesday cheering on the team. The golf course is in excellent shape and we are excited about competing."
Auburn's team will consist of reigning SEC Freshman of the Week Will Long, Jake Mondy, Niclas Carlsson, Dan Stringfellow and Matt Gilchrest. Clinard will also send out Ryan Benton, Blake Messer, who has also won an SEC Freshman of the Week honor this season, Victor Henum, Blake Soni and Victor Wiggins out as a second team.
Grand National's Lake Course is a par-72, 7,149 yard layout with 12 holes hugging the shore of Lake Saugahatchee. Located in Opelika, it is a part of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.
Other teams in the field are: Charleston Southern, Charlotte, Drexel, Jacksonville State, No. 42 Kennesaw State, No. 28 Memphis, Mississippi State, Samford, South Alabama, Temple, Troy, St. John's, VCU and Western Carolina.
Mississippi State swept last year's inaugural tournament, winning the team and individual title. Mississippi State shot an 889, led by Chad Ramsey's 3-under 213. Memphis placed second at 896 and Auburn finished third (899). Carlsson was Auburn's top finisher with a runner-up showing at even par.
Following morning practice rounds on Monday, the event starts at 8 a.m. on Monday with a shotgun start. The teams will play 36 continuous holes on Monday and then the final 18 on Tuesday, which starts at 7:45 a.m.
Live stats will be available on www.GolfStat.com.