May 28, 2007
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -
The Auburn men's golf team will play in the NCAA Championship at the par-72, 6803-yard Gold Course at the Golden Horseshoe in Williamsburg, Va., Wednesday through Saturday as the 18th seed in a field that includes 21 ranked teams.
Auburn is led by sophomore All-SEC Glenn Northcutt, who has a team-best 72.47 stroke average and finished sixth at the NCAA East Regional. Junior All-SEC Patton Kizzire, who has a 72.76 stroke average and finished fifth at the East Regional, will play in the No. 2 position. Junior Steven Groover (76.00) will play No. 3 followed by junior Jay Moseley (74.32) at No. 4 and senior Andrew Medley (74.85) at No. 5.
The Tigers, who were seeded 11th at the NCAA East Regional, advanced to the Championship by tying for second in the East Regional at the Golf Club of Georgia May 17-19, their best finish in a regional since winning at The Homestead in 1997. Auburn is a superb 43-6-2 (.863) in its last three tournaments after going 77-60-1 (.562) in its first nine of the season. The Tigers finished fifth in the Boilermaker Invitational and placed third in the SEC Championship prior to the Regional.
"We are excited to be in the Championship," head coach Mike Griffin said. "We are playing our best golf of the season right now. It's a great venue and a beautiful place, obviously one of the most historical sites in America.
"We were up there for Regionals back in the early 2000s and we played the Green Course. As I recall, we might have been double-digits under par and actually missed the cut. This time around we're playing the Gold Course. I'm hoping that par means something up there more than the Green Course last time. We can put a lot of pars up and stay away from the big numbers, and occasionally we'll get a birdie or two."
The 30-team NCAA Championship field in order of seeding includes top-ranked Georgia, No. 10 Tulsa, No. 4 Alabama, No. 8 UCLA, No. 7 Florida, No. 6 Southern Cal, No. 3 Lamar, No. 9 Georgia Tech, No. 18 Arizona State, No. 14 Tennessee, No. 5 Oklahoma State, No. 2 Stanford, No. 25 Georgia State, No. 13 Coastal Carolina, No. 15 East Tennessee State, South Carolina, No. 19 Louisville, Auburn, No. 21 Florida State and Vanderbilt. No. 23 Duke is seeded 21st followed by No. 24 Arizona, No. 20 Charlotte, Texas Tech, North Carolina, Michigan State, New Mexico, No. 22 Wake Forest, Texas and Minnesota.
The field will be cut to the low 15 teams and six individuals after 54 holes. Auburn will play the first of two practice rounds Monday off the No. 1 tee at 11:00 am Central followed by a 7:10 am start off No. 10 Tuesday. The Tigers will open first round play off the No. 1 tee at 6 am Central with Louisville and South Carolina. The same teams will be paired in the second round, teeing off the 10th tee at 11:12 am Thursday. The third and fourth round pairings Friday and Saturday will be determined by scores.
Live scoring off the NCAA Championship is available at www.golfstat.com.