Sept. 1, 2008
Mobile, Ala. - Auburn junior Cole Moreland defeated senior Glenn Northcutt in a shortened Labor Day Invitational at the par-72, 6,400-yard County Club of Mobile on Sunday, marking the second consecutive year an Auburn golfer has claimed victory at the event.
The tournament was shortened to just two rounds as Monday's third round was called off due to the looming threat of Hurricane Gustav.
Moreland (67-69--136) and Northcutt (69-67--136) were tied for the lead following the first two rounds of the event following a late second round surge by Northcutt.
Approaching the final two holes of regulations one stroke off the lead, Northcutt birdied 17 and 18 to finish regulation at 6-under, temporarily going up one stroke.
One stroke back with one hole remaining, Moreland knew he had to birdie to force a playoff and did just that, dropping his approach within 10 feet and sinking his birdie putt. The pair went into a two-hole sudden-death playoff on holes 10 and 18.
Both landing their approach within 10 feet of the pin, Moreland and Northcutt birdied No. 10 to remain tied going into No. 18.
"We both hit the fairway on 18," recalls Moreland. "I knew if he hit a good approach then I had to hit inside of him to put on some pressure."
Northcutt missed a 13-footer just left of the hole, opening the door for Moreland who stepped up and drained an uphill 12-footer for the win.
"The first day played easy," said Moreland. "The pin placements were easy and the greens were fast. The second day played a lot tougher and it was definitely more windy. For Glenn to come out and shoot a 67 in those conditions was impressive.
"Glenn and I rode down to Mobile together. I told him the two of us were going to finish at the top and we did. I was glad to see that happen."
Freshman Kyle Kopsick finished in a five-way for fourth carding a solid 71-70--141. Senior Keith White (71-72--143) tied for 10th, freshman Jonathan Fly (71-73--144) tied for 16th, junior-college transfer Richard Williams (76-70--146) and freshman John Stembridge (73-73--146) tied for 23rd, freshman Cory Gilmer (73-75--148) tied for 31st, freshman David Zickler (71-79--150) tied for 38th and freshmen Will McCurdy (78-74--152) and Jackson Beindorf (77-76--153) tied for 49th.
Moreland's victory marks the third occasion Auburn golfers have won the event in consecutive years and the first since Tommy Druham and Will Blackmon in 1992-93.
Moreland became the 10th Auburn golfer to win the Labor Day Invitational. Other Tigers to win the event include:
Skippy Weatherby, 1953
Jack Key, 1960
John Fridge, 1984
Jimmy Green, 1989
Tommy Druham, 1990 and 1992
Will Blackmon, 1993
Will Swift, 2002
Andrew Medley, 2004
Steven Groover, 2007