Sept. 23, 2009
AUBURN - The Auburn men's golf team opened the 2009-10 season with an 11th-place national ranking, according to the Sept. 22 GolfWeek/Sagarin ratings. Sophomores Kyle Kopsick John Stembridge also made the top-30 individual rankings, placing 19th and 27th, respectively.
"It's great to see these kinds of numbers at start of the season," said Auburn head golf coach Nick Clinard. "Our guys are starting to believe they can become great golfers and that we have some potential All-America and All-SEC golfers in the mix. It's an early release, obviously, but it shows that we're starting things out in the right direction. It gives us some extra confidence to build on."
The Tigers opened the campaign looking to rebuild following a 2008-09 season that saw them finish 63rd in the GolfWeek/Sagarin rankings.
Auburn started the 2009-10 season placing fourth at the Carpet Capital Collegiate, held Sept. 11-13 in Dalton, Ga. The Tigers finished ahead of five preseason top-25 teams at the event, including Nos. 3 Alabama and 4 Georgia. Auburn carded a team score of 870, a 13-stroke improvement from one year ago at the Carpet Capital.
Kopsick earned the first top-10 finish of his career, tying for ninth at two-under par at the Carpet Capital followed by Stembridge in 11th at one-under.
The Sagarin rating system uses a team’s won-lost-tied record against other teams when they play on the same course on the same day, and the stroke differential between those teams, then links all teams to one another based on common opponents.
Auburn was also listed as ninth in the Sept. 23 GolfStat.com NCAA Head-to-Head Rankings. Auburn was one of only two SEC schools to make the top-10.
The Tigers return to action Oct. 3-4, co-hosting the Gary Koch Intercollegiate at the Old Memorial Golf Club in Tampa, Fla.