SEA ISLAND, Ga. -
The Auburn men's golf team is in sixth place after firing a 9-over 289 in the first round of the SEC Championship at the par-70, 6,991-yard Seaside Course at Sea Island Golf Club Friday. The Tigers are only four shots from No. 3 Florida and 13 shots behind the leader and top-ranked Georgia's 4-under 276.
Alabama is in second at even-par 280 while Florida is in third at 285 followed by No. 25 Tennessee (286), LSU (288), Auburn (289), Ole Miss (290), Vanderbilt (290), South Carolina (292), Kentucky (292), Arkansas
(295) and Mississippi State (305).
Senior Stuart Moore, who started his round with a double-bogey and a bogey, junior Andrew Medley and sophomore Jay Moseley all fired 2-over 72s and are tied for 19th.
Sophomore Patton Kizzire and true freshman Glenn Northcutt both carded a 3-over 73 and are tied for 31st. After a bogey on the second and seventh holes and a double on the eighth, Northcutt was 4-over at the turn, but he recovered with a 1-under 34 on the back nine.
"We didn't play bad and we didn't play well," said Auburn head coach Mike Griffin. "We are still in contention but need to make a move Saturday. I am proud of the way Stuart hung in there after having such a tough start."
Georgia's Brian Harman fired a 3-under 67 to hold a one shot lead over teammate Chris Kirk, Vanderbilt's Luke List, Florida's Brett Stegmaier and Alabama's Matthew Swan, all with a 68.
Auburn will tee off in the second round Saturday at 7 am Central with Tennessee and LSU as a split tee format off holes No. 1 and No. 10 will be used. Live scoring can be found at www.golfstat.com.