June 8, 2012
AUBURN - The Auburn men's golf team finished the 2011-12 season ranked No. 5 in the nation in the final Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, the highest final ranking in history. The Tigers finished with a final rating of 70.23 while finishing 44-24-3 against the top-25. Auburn's schedule ranked as the seventh hardest in the country after receiving a rating of 71.96.
"It was an excellent year with three wins and our head-to-head record was 148-28-4 while playing the seventh toughest schedule in the nation," head coach Nick Clinard said. "The credit goes to the players for all their hard work and dedication to improving each and every day."
Auburn finished in the top-5 in 12 of its 13 tournaments this season which included three team victories and three individual wins. The Tigers began the season with a win at the Carpet Capital Collegiate for its first opening season win since the 1978 season with a victory at the Alabama Intercollegiate.
The Tigers kicked off the spring season with their second victory of the season at the Gator Invitational. Junior Dominic Bozzelli, who won medalist honors at the U.S. Collegiate in October, became the first Auburn golfer in history to win back-to-back tournaments after carding an 8-under 202.
Auburn captured its third victory of the season at the Hootie at Bulls Bay where the Tigers shot a 10-under 854. Sophomore Niclas Carlsson won the individual title, the second of his career, after carding a 1-under 71 in the third round to finish at 5-under 211.
For their efforts in the regular season, Auburn was awarded a No. 1 seed at the NCAA Greensboro Regional for the first time in school history. At the regional, Auburn had an incredible final four holes as it went 8-under par over that span to jump from seventh to finish third to qualify for the NCAA Championship, where the Tigers finished tied for 15th.
Five Auburn golfers earned All-SEC and NCAA All-Southeast Region honors for the 2011-12 season, including first-team Blayne Barber, second-teamers Will McCurdy, Dominic Bozzelli and Niclas Carlsson and All-Freshman Michael Johnson. The five All-SEC honorees is the highest ever in program history breaking the record of four players which was set in 2005.
Junior All-American Blayne Barber finished the campaign with a scoring average of 70.76, which snapped the 36-year old Auburn record that was set by Buddy Gardner in 1976. Barber also set the Tigers' career stroke average record with 70.83 in his two seasons, blowing away the previous mark of 72.38 by Lee Williams from 2000-05.