Auburn Men's Golf 2007-08 Recap
AUBURNTIGERSDOTCOM Senior Jay Moseley
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Senior Jay Moseley
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June 6, 2008

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AUBURN - The No. 17 Auburn men's golf team recorded its best season since 2004-05 with an overall record of 129-63-3 (.672), a 289.06 team stroke average and six top-5 and 10 top-10 finishes.

Auburn head coach Mike Griffin led his team to its 16th NCAA Championship appearance and reached the 100-win plateau for the sixth time in seven seasons.

The Tigers' win at the 2008 John Burns Invitational was the 37th tournament victory of the Griffin era. En route to the 11-stroke win, Auburn (Moseley, Northcutt, Bowen, Groover and Moreland) carded the lowest 54-hole team total in school history. Led by rounds of 12-under from both Jay Moseley and Glenn Northcutt, Auburn finished the rout with a 44-under 820. The 19-under third round total is the lowest 18-hole team score in relation to par in school history. On top of that, Auburn set a new tournament record, surpassing the previous low team total by three strokes.

Senior Jamie Bowen carded the lowest round of any Tiger this season with a third round 65 (-7) in the John Burns. Bowen is in a six way tie for second in school history, one shot behind Stuart Moore's 64 (-8) carded at the 2006 Billy Hitchcock Intercollegiate.

In the 2007 Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate, the Tigers (Northcutt, Strother, Moseley, Kizzire, Groover) set a school record for the lowest 18-hole score, firing an 18-under 266 in the second round. The previous record was a 271, set in the 2006 Jerry Pate. Auburn's 10-under 830 at the event set the school record for lowest 54-hole total on a par-70 course.

Moseley, who placed fifth at the Jerry Pate, broke the school record for low 54-hole shot total with his 201. He also holds the Auburn record for lowest 54-hole score in relation to par (-14), a mark he set at the 2006 John Burns.

The new home of Auburn men's and women's golf at the Jack Key Golf Teaching Facility was officially dedicated during a ceremony March 31 at the Auburn University Club at Yarbrough Farms.

Construction began on the $1.95 million Jack Key Golf Teaching Facility that now houses the men's and women's teams in the fall of 2006. Construction on the facility concluded this past fall, and the teams moved into the facility in October. The 8,300 square foot facility is located two miles from campus off Donahue Drive and includes a lobby area, office space for men's and women's golf head coaches as well as a trophy/awards display for men's and women's golf.

The facility also features a team meeting room, men's and women's locker rooms, club repair, video analysis and three indoor hitting bays that open onto the driving range. With a width of 14 feet, two players can easily hit shots out of each door and with a height of 20 feet, players are not limited to drivers or low irons.

Fox Sports Network made a mid-season appearance at an Auburn men's golf practice session, taping for the SEC-TV segment "Coach Speak." Host Natalie Taylor got a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the world of collegiate golf from a coach's standpoint. She sat with head coach Mike Griffin for an interview, inquiring as to the aspects of coaching on the college level. Topics ranged from training players to dealing with the mental part of the game to some of Coach Griffin's favorite aspects of the coaching profession.

The crew followed Griffin and some of the players through the subsequent practice session, filming the team going through a short-game workout at the new Jack Key Practice Facility. The crew was also treated to a look at the new facility's new offices and hitting bays.

The Auburn men's golf team received public recognition by the NCAA for their Academic Performance Rate (APR) score for 2007-08, after posting a multi-year score in the top-10 percentile of all squads in their sport, the NCAA announced Thursday. The Auburn men were the only Southeastern Conference golf program to be recognized by the NCAA.

"We are very proud of the men's golf team for receiving public recognition from the NCAA for the third consecutive year," said Auburn Athletics Director Jay Jacobs. "We commend Coach Griffin and his program for their commitment, hard work and dedication towards one of our five goals, which is to successfully graduate our student-athletes."

It was the third consecutive year the men's golf program received the recognition for being in the top 10 percentile among men's Division I golf programs.

First team All-SEC senior Jay Moseley's 71.83 stroke average is the fifth lowest single season average in school history, behind Auburn greats Buddy Gardner, Kevin Haefner and Reid Edstrom.

After his junior season, Glenn Northcutt's career stroke average at Auburn is 72.81, just one hundredth of a stroke out of second and barely over 4 tenths shy of the 71.38 mark set by Lee Williams from 2000-05.