March 21, 2012
AUBURN – Auburn junior Blayne Barber was awarded SEC Golfer of the Week after finishing in second place, his fourth-consecutive top-five finish, at the Schenkel Invitational, the SEC Office announced on Wednesday. Barber is the second Auburn golfer to win the award this season after junior Dominic Bozzelli won after his victory at the Gator Invitational.
“Blayne has earned this honor, and I am very proud of him,” head coach Nick Clinard said. “He is a fine man that has PGA Tour potential.”
Barber, who is ranked as the eighth best collegiate golfer in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, fired a career-low 15-under 201, leading Auburn to its sixth top-three finish of the year.
“It is exciting and a great honor,” Barber said. “It is just one week, but hopefully this springboards into more honors to come later in the season.”
The Lake City, Fla., native carded a season-low 66 in the first round of the tournament, and was the only player in the field to shoot a bogey-free tournament. Barber leads the SEC in scoring average at 70.56 and leads the Tigers in sub-par rounds, putts per round, and up and downs.
Barber and the No. 2/3 Tigers return to action on March 26 at the Hootie at Bulls Bay in Awendaw, S.C.