Oct. 4, 2009
TAMPA, Fla. - Auburn sophomore Kyle Kopsick (-15) claimed medalist honors at the 2009 Gary Koch Invitational, surpassing Florida State's Seath Lauer (-13) in Sunday's final round at the Old Memorial Golf Club in Tampa. The Chicago, Ill., native led the 21st-ranked Tigers (288-858), who jumped from ninth into seventh place.
"I played with a lot of confidence today," said Kopsick. "I knew I was playing well. There were a lot of birdies out there. I knew i was bound to make some. It was fun. I've worked really hard and it was good to see the results."
Kopsick was in third after recording a second round 63 en route to the title, the lowest 18-hole score ever recorded by a Tiger in collegiate competition. Closing out the tournament with a final round 66, Kopsick set new school and tournament records with a 201 three-round total.
Kopsick also led the 81-player field in par-3 scoring, averaging 2.58 per hole, while nearly claiming the course 18-hole record of 62 set by Camilo Villegas in 2001.
"Kyle Kopsick played lights out all three rounds this weekend," said Auburn head men's golf coach Nick Clinard. "This was a fantastic field at a fantastic venue. It was a privilege to host an event at such a prestigious golf club as Old Memorial."
Tougher pin placements and a stronger breeze made birdies harder to come by.
"The pins were much tougher," said Kopsick. "The wind was a little stronger. The 12th hole pin placement was brutal."
The win was the first for an Auburn golfer since Patton Kizzire claimed the 2007 SEC Championship and the first under Auburn head coach Nick Clinard.
Competing individually, Cole Moreland
(73-216) tied for 30th.
Auburn sophomore John Stembridge (73-220) placed 50th followed by sophomore Will McCurdy (77-222) tied for 56th, freshman David Zickler (72-226) tied for 67th and freshman Jackson Beindorf (80-228) tied for 70th.
No. 7 Florida State (280-834) claimed the team title, setting a new tournament record in the process. Texas Tech (300-850) placed second followed by Virginia (291-852), No. 8 Florida (292-852), No. 11 North Florida (283-854), Augusta State (291-855), Auburn, LSU (293-861), Georgia Southern (298-862), Ole Miss (296-866), Kentucky (297-870), East Tennessee State (294-871), No. 10 North Carolina (305-874), UAB (303-877) and South Florida (305-902).
Complete results may be accessed via the men's golf page of www.AuburnTigers.com.