May 7, 2007
AUBURN - The Auburn men's golf team earned the 11th seed in the 27-team NCAA East Regional to be played at The Golf Club of Georgia in Alpharetta, Ga., May 17-19. Nine of the nation's top 25 teams in the Golfweek rankings are in the East Regional, including No. 1 Georgia, No. 7 Florida, No. 10 Georgia Tech, No. 11 Clemson, No. 12 Coastal Carolina, No. 20 Charlotte, No. 23 North Carolina, No. 24 Duke and No. 25 Florida State. Auburn is three slots shy of the top 25.
Auburn is led by sophomore All-SEC Glenn Northcutt , who has a 72.61 stroke average, two-time junior All-SEC Patton Kizzire (72.97), junior Jamie Bowen (74.06), junior Gordon Strother (74.10), junior Jay Moseley (74.26) and senior Andrew Medley (74.85).
The Tigers are making their eighth-consecutive Regional appearance and 17th overall in the last 19 years. Auburn has been placed in the East Regional in every appearance other than going to the West Regional two years ago year.
"I feel like they shipped enough strength out of our region that our's is fair," head coach Mike Griffin said. "It made our region more competitive overall. The best thing is that we just have to drive an hour and a half up the road, and we don't have to get on an airplane at the Atlanta airport. We can just stay in Atlanta for a couple of days and fight to get into the National Championship. However, I would go to Alaska if I had to. Nobody was shipped into the East Regional so that is the ultimate compliment for our region."
The East Regional teams in order of seeding include No. 1 Georgia, No. 11 Clemson, No. 7 Florida, No. 12 Coastal Carolina, No. 10 Georgia Tech, Georgia State, No. 20 Charlotte, No. 23 North Carolina, No. 25 Florida State, No. 24 Duke, Auburn, Ole Miss, Chattanooga, UAB, Central Florida, Virginia Tech, Penn State, Old Dominion, Jacksonville State and Louisiana-Lafayette to round out the top 20. St. John's is the 21st-seed followed by Eastern Michigan, Maryland, Longwood, Rhode Island, Hartford and Boston College.
The top 10 teams and two individuals not on those teams qualify for the 110th NCAA Men's Golf Championship at the Golden Horseshoe in Williamsburg, Va., May 30-June 2.
Eight SEC teams qualified for the Regionals, including No. 1 Georgia, No. 7 Florida, Auburn and Ole Miss in the East at The Golf Club of Georgia in Alpharetta, Ga.; No. 4 Alabama and No. 17 Tennessee in the Central at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill.; and South Carolina and Vanderbilt in the West at Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz.
"Usually the SEC is a good catapult for us, and I certainly hope that will be the case again," Griffin said. "We are dealing with final exams right now. We'll pick back up with practice at the end of the week and get ready for Regionals. I couldn't be happier. The guys are going to be happy that we will be playing in the Southeast. It is a certain comfort level playing in your own back yard."