March 10, 2013
AUBURN – The No. 20 Auburn men’s golf team will host the inaugural Tiger Invitational Presented by Jason Dufner at the Grand National Lake Course with a 36-hole shotgun start on Monday followed by 18 holes on Tuesday.
The Tigers are coming off back-to-back victories at the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate and the Samford Intercollegiate, and look to win three-straight tournaments for the first time since 1977.
The 15-team field also includes Charlotte, Chattanooga, East Carolina, Houston, Kentucky, Kennesaw State, North Carolina, Memphis, Mississippi State, Samford, South Alabama, Troy, Wake Forest and Yale.
“We are very excited about hosting this tournament,” head coach Nick Clinard said. “I want to thank Jason Dufner for hosting this tournament, and we have received tremendous support from Jay Jacobs and the administration for the event. It will be exciting to see all the Auburn fans, friends of the program and boosters out at Grand National to watch us, as we normally don’t get to play at home. Grand National is a fantastic golf course and is always in great shape, so I know the guys are excited to play.”
Senior Dominic Bozzelli will be in the No. 1 position for the Tigers. The Pittsford, N.Y., native led Auburn in its victory at the Samford Intercollegiate where he finished tied for second at 3-under for his fifth top-20 finish of the season. Bozzelli ranks second on the team in scoring at 72.58.
Sophomore Michael Johnson, who will be in the No. 2 spot, leads the Tigers in scoring at 72.58. Johnson, who is ranked as the No. 66 individual in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, tied for seventh at 1-over at the Samford Intercollegiate for his fifth-straight top-20 finish.
Senior Michael Hebert is in the No. 3 position, coming off tied for 23rd finish at the Samford Intercollegiate. Hebert, who is third on the team in scoring at 72.67, leads the Tigers in sub-par rounds with seven and rounds at par or better with 11.
Junior Niclas Carlsson will be in the fourth spot after finishing tied for 14th at the Samford Intercollegiate. Carlsson won his first tournament of the season, and third of his career, at the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate where he shot a 4-under 212. For his efforts, Carlsson was named the SEC Golfer of the Week.
Rounding out the Auburn lineup is senior David Zickler. The Florence, Ala., native recorded his best finish of the season at the Samford Intercollegiate, finishing in 13th at 4-over.
Redshirt freshman Jake Mondy and redshirt sophomore Dan Stringfellow will be two of six participants playing as individuals. In their last appearance, Mondy finished tied for second at the South Alabama Individual Tournament, while Stringfellow finished tied for 11th.
The first round of play will begin on Monday at 8 a.m. Central. Live stats for the Tiger Invitational can be found online at www.golfstat.com.
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