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Sept. 13, 2006
The Auburn men's golf team is set to begin the 2006-07 season Friday at the Carpet Capital Collegiate at the par 72, 6,906-yard The Farm Golf Club.
Junior Jay Moseley will play the No. 1 position for the Tigers while junior Patton Kizzire occupies the No. 2 spot. Sophomore Glenn Northcutt returns after leading the Tigers with 33 rounds counted last year to play No. 3. Junior Gordon Strother, a transfer from Chattanooga, will make his first career Auburn appearance in the No. 4 slot. Senior Andrew Medley will hold the No. 5 position.
"The Carpet Capital is one of the top two or three events in the entire country," head coach Mike Griffin said. "They do a fabulous job on the Farm Golf Course, which is a great golf course.
"Jay Moseley qualified in number one spot. He is playing the best golf on the team. He is very confident, and he is hitting the ball very solidly. He has a better than average short game, but more than anything right now, he has all the confidence in the world going for him."
The 18-team field features 12 teams ranked in Golfweek's top 30 including No. 2 Georgia, No. 4 Clemson, No. 8 Georgia Tech, No. 9 Wake Forest, No. 12 Duke, No. 14 Florida, No. 16 Georgia State, No. 17 East Tennessee State, No. 23 Texas Tech, No. 28 North Carolina State, No. 29 Auburn and No. 30 Alabama. Rounding out the field is Augusta State, South Carolina, TCU, Tennessee, Texas and Vanderbilt.
"It's a great way to start the year," Griffin said. "There aren't any weak teams there. It is a good, solid field."
The Tigers' lineup features one senior, three juniors and a sophomore.
"Patton Kizzire's pedigree is awesome," Griffin said. "He'll be in the two spot for us this week. Patton finished five strokes behind Jay in the qualifier. Both of them were well under par, and I feel like their top end is as good as they want it to be. They can play with anyone in Division I golf on any given day. Jay has proven it, and so has Patton.
"As far as overall performance average, Glenn Northcutt is our top performer returning. He is going into his sophomore season and is a great, solid player for us.
"Gordon will be making our first trip, which is something that I am sure he is quite excited about. He ended up well under par for the qualifying process. He played solid all the way through. He had some outstanding summer golf. Hopefully his collegiate golf will pick up at Auburn where his summer amateur golf left off the last two seasons.
"Andrew Medley is our most experienced player. Our senior barely being in our top five tells me a little something about the people that are stacked at the top. We have any number of talented players that are back here at the house that are going to be fighting really, really hard next week to get in the lineup for our next tournament at Shoal Creek."
Auburn will participate in a practice round Thursday before opening first round play Friday in the three-day, 54-hole tournament. Live scoring can be found at www.golfstat.com.