April 5, 2012
TAMPA – The No. 2 Auburn men’s golf team will co-host the Gary Koch Invitational at Old Memorial Golf Club in Tampa this weekend as the Tigers are coming off their third tournament win of the season. The 15-team field includes seven teams ranked in the top 25 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings as the teams will play 36 holes on Saturday and 18 on Sunday.
“The Gary Koch Invitational has become one of the premier events in the spring season, and it is our pleasure to be the co-host with the University of Kentucky,” head coach Nick Clinard said. “The golf course is excellent and with the field so strong, we are going to find out how good we are come Sunday evening.”
Sophomore Niclas Carlsson will play in the No. 1 spot for the Tigers after notching his second career victory at the Hootie at Bulls Bay. Carlsson ranks eighth in the SEC in scoring average at 71.81 after carding a 5-under 211.
Junior Blayne Barber is in the No. 2 position after finishing tied for second at the Hootie, his fifth top-5 of the season. Barber, who is ranked seventh in the nation by Golfweek, leads the SEC in scoring at 70.57.
After carding his first top-five finish of the season, senior Will McCurdy will compete in the No. 3 hole for the Tigers. McCurdy fired a 3-under 213 at the Hootie to finish in fourth place. Junior Dominic Bozzelli is in the No. 4 spot after his fourth top-20 finish. Bozzelli finished tied for 19th after shooting 3-over.
Michael Hebert will play in the No. 5 spot to round out the lineup for the Tigers. In last season’s tournament, Hebert finished tied for eighth at 3-under. Freshman Blake Soni will get his first start as a Tiger as an individual this weekend.
Last season, the Tigers finished the Gary Koch Invitational in second place, after carding a 6-under 858. Live-scoring for this weekend’s tournament can be found on www.golfstat.com