Oct. 8, 2006
AUBURN - The Auburn men's golf team will play the first of two tournaments next week starting with the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate at the par-71, 6,958-yard Old Overton Golf Club in Birmingham Monday.
Junior Patton Kizzire, who leads the Tigers with a 72.67 stroke average, will play the No. 1 position. Sophomore Glenn Northcutt (73.17) will play the No. 2 spot while junior Jay Moseley (74.33) will be at No. 3. Redshirt freshman Brent Cooper will be making his Auburn debut by playing in the No. 4 position followed by senior Andrew Medley (74.50) at No. 5.
"Obviously we made some improvements from the first to the second event of the year," head coach Mike Griffin said. "We need to continue on that same line. We need to make some improvements this next week.
"Over the years, Old Overton has been an extremely good golf course. It has really tested the tournament competitors over the years, but it seems like every year the numbers really go low on the golf course. This is a good golf course. It is not a piece of cake. It's not one of these pushover golf courses. It's the real deal."
The tournament features five teams ranked in Golfweek's top-25 including host and third-ranked Alabama, No. 7 Georgia State, No. 9 Purdue, No. 13 East Tennessee State, No. 24 BYU, Auburn, UAB, Arizona, LSU, Texas, Texas Tech and Tulsa.
"There is not a weak team in the group," Griffin said. "They are all solid teams."
Following Sunday's practice round, Auburn will play the first two rounds Monday followed by the final round Tuesday.