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'Means a lot to Auburn' - coaches, legends tee it up at Barbasol Pro-Am
Gus Malzahn says he got lucky by making a long eagle putt in Wednesday's Barbasol Championship Pro-Am.

July 19, 2017

By Jeff Shearer
AuburnTigers.com

OPELIKA, Ala. - When Jason Campbell throws a football, he can deliver it within inches of his intended target time after time. When hitting a golf ball? Not so much.

"You're used to being good at some other things," said Campbell, the SEC Player of the Year in 2004 who played a decade in the NFL. "But then golf, you can't control where the ball goes, and that makes you feel like, `Man, I'm terrible.' It definitely humbles you a lot."

<em> Legendary running back and avid golfer Ronnie Brown, the Auburn Network's sideline reporter, enjoyed his round at the Barbasol Pro-Am.</em>
Legendary running back and avid golfer Ronnie Brown, the Auburn Network's sideline reporter, enjoyed his round at the Barbasol Pro-Am.

Campbell and several fellow Auburn legends -- like teammates Ronnie Brown and Carlos Rogers -- joined Auburn coaches Gus Malzahn and Bruce Pearl, and Director of Athletics Jay Jacobs at the Barbasol Championship Pro-Am Wednesday at Grand National.

A frequent guest on Auburn Network broadcasts, Campbell took a break from putting practice to talk a little football before teeing off in the afternoon.

"It's an exciting time," Campbell said. "I think the one thing everyone wants to get cleared up pretty soon is, let's get our quarterback situation, who's our guy, and get the guys around him to buy into him and they start working together.

I think we're going to have a great year. I love the people we have coming back on defense. With Chip Lindsey coming in as coordinator and Al Borges being an offensive consultant, that helps. Two really good minds in one room together. It shows a lot for Coach Malzahn to take a step back away. That's hard for any coach to do. To take a step back away, put your trust in other guys, and just focus on being the head coach alone. I commend him for that."

Soon after Campbell's group began, Malzahn's team finished its round.

"This is my last hurrah with golf,' said Malzahn, who says he "kind of got lucky" by making a long eagle putt on a par 5. "It's fun to come out and support the Barbasol. Great event. Means a lot to our community. Means a lot to Auburn, Auburn Athletics. It's a real fun deal. Putting the golf clubs up now. It's time to focus on the season."

<em> Director of Athletics Jay Jacobs visits with playing partner Jim Furyk, the 2018 Ryder Cup captain.</em>
Director of Athletics Jay Jacobs visits with playing partner Jim Furyk, the 2018 Ryder Cup captain.

Patton Kizzire, one of five former or current Auburn golfers in the Barbasol field played in Malzahn's group. "We talked a little Auburn football, a little Auburn golf. It was a lot of fun fellowshipping, getting to know him," said Malzahn who estimated that Kizzire shot 7 or 8-under par.

Recent graduate Matt Gilchrest and current junior Trace Crowe will join former All-Americans Blayne Barber, Dominic Bozelli and Kizzire, the 2007 SEC Champion.

"That's just a dream come true," said Gilchrest, who has played five events on the Mackenzie Tour since completing his Auburn career this spring. "I've dreamed of playing on the PGA Tour as a professional since I was a little kid, so to do it is really special. To do it where I played college golf is just incredible."


Jeff Shearer is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter:


 

 

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