Auburn Golf Moves Into 8th; Highest Ranking Since 2004-05
Oct. 18, 2010
AUBURN - Auburn men's golf moved into eighth place in Golfweek's Oct. 18 collegiate rankings following a second-place finish at the Gary Koch Invitational in Tampa and a seven-stroke win over then No. 1 Florida at the Jerry Pate National in Birmingham.
The ranking is the highest for Auburn men's golf since the team finished the 2004-05 season in eighth.
UCLA holds the nation's top spot with Oklahoma State and Florida rounding out the top-three. Augusta State is in fourth followed by Alabama, Texas, Illinois, Auburn, LSU and Arkansas.
"Being ranked top-10 in the country is nice," said Auburn head coach Nick Clinard. "I know all the guys on the team are excited about it. I try not to pay too much attention to it as a coach. The only thing I'm worried about is getting better every day and where we are going to be ranked at the end of the year."
Auburn freshman Niclas Carlson jumped to No. 11 in the Golfweek individual rankings, averaging 69.33 strokes per round. The Enenyberg, Sweden native became the first Auburn freshman in 22 years to earn medalist honors following his two-stroke victory over Alabama's Bobby Wyatt at the Jerry Pate. Carlsson is undefeated against players in Golfweek's top-25.
Sophomore Michael Hebert moved into 41st after back-to-back top-10 finishes, capped by a fourth-place showing at the Jerry Pate. Hebert, who transfered from Florida State following his freshman season, currently leads the team with seven round at par or better. Sophomore Blayne Barber, in 48th, leads the Tigers with two top-five finishes.
Individual qualification for Auburn's travel squad commenced Monday at the AU Club as the Tigers prepare for the Bridgetone Collegiate this Saturday and Sunday at Forest Oaks Country Club in Greensboro, N.C.
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