April 19, 2006
AUBURN --- Coming off a Billy Hitchcock Intercollegiate title two weeks ago, the Auburn men's golf team will open play in the 2006 SEC Championship Friday at the par 70, 6,898-yard Seaside Course at Sea Island Golf Club in Sea Island, Ga.
"We are getting better," head coach Mike Griffin said. "That has been our goal all year long. We certainly want to be playing the best golf we can, and fortunately we seem to be doing that.
"With the exception of the one step back at the Hootie at Bulls Bay, we pretty much made progress in every event this spring. And with that being a goal, I would say that we have at least accomplished that."
Top-ranked Georgia headlines the field along with No. 3 Florida, No. 25 Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, South Carolina and Vanderbilt.
"We know that there is strong competition waiting for us, and it's just a matter of going over there and touching all the bases and doing things we have to do," Griffin said. "We'll add them all up when we get through and see how it all stacks up."
Senior Stuart Moore will lead the team in the No. 1 position while true freshman Glenn Northcutt will play the No. 2 spot. Sophomore Patton Kizzire is at No. 3 followed by junior Andrew Medley at No. 4 and sophomore Jay Moseley at No. 5.
"We'll see just how good a job we have done in preparing these youngsters to face a really good golf course and an extremely strong field for something that really, really counts," Griffin said. "You are never fully prepared when you're going into your first SEC Championship, so we'll just have to see how they are going to handle it."
The Tigers finished as runners-up in two of the past three years at the SEC Championship and claimed the title in 2002.
Auburn will participate in a practice round Thursday before the three-day, 54-hole tournament begins on Friday. Live scoring can be found at www.golfstat.com