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April 5, 2007
The 24th-ranked Auburn men's golf team will close the regular season in bitter cold temperatures at the Boilermaker Invitational played at the par-72, 7382-yard Kampen Course in West Lafayette, Ind., Saturday and Sunday. The weekend forecast calls for temperatures in the 30s with a chance snow.
Auburn will play with four juniors and a sophomore in the lineup as sophomore Glenn Northcutt, who leads the Tigers with a 72.38 stoke average, will play in the No. 1 position, followed by junior Jamie Bowen (72.82) at No. 2. Junior Patton Kizzire (72.96) will play at No. 3, junior Jay Moseley (73.50) at No. 4 and junior Gordon Strother (73.80) at No. 5. Junior Steven Groover will make his season debut by playing as an individual.
The 15-team field includes Auburn, Baylor, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Missouri, Notre Dame, Northwestern, Ohio State, Oklahoma, host Purdue, Toledo, Washington and Wisconsin.
"It's going to be very cold, so that will be a different challenge for us," head coach Mike Griffin said. "We want to use this tournament to get into a good rhythm heading into the postseason. A solid performance will give us some needed momentum with the SECs just two weeks away."
The tournament consists of 36 holes played Saturday followed by the final 18 Sunday. The Tigers will be looking to win two regular season tournaments in one season for the first time since 2001-02.