Auburn Beats Strong Field at Tiger Invitational Packed with SEC Foes
Winning its own Tiger Invitational tournament proved to be a little sweeter for the No. 16 Auburn men’s golf team.
In winning its second team title this season, the Tigers did it by holding off cross-state rival Alabama by two shots in a field that was also packed with SEC foes.
Auburn shot 26-under (282-274-282–838) to beat first-round leader Alabama in the Tiger Invitational at the par-72 Grand National Lake Course.
“I think we’re pretty good,” Auburn coach Nick Clinard told AuburnTigers.com. “I keep telling our guys that you can be as good as you want to be. To be in this field at this golf course to go out and compete the way we did, beat all the teams in the SEC that were here and our rivals head-to-head at the end, it’s very gratifying. You’ve got to enjoy it while you can, but you’ve got to have a short memory in this game.”
The 15-team field played 36 holes Monday and saw Tuesday’s final round suspended by inclement weather. Although more stormy weather was in the forecast for Wednesday, teams were able to finish the tournament ahead of its arrival.
After playing 36 holes Monday, Auburn tried to complete the Tiger Invitational tournament on Tuesday, but was halted by inclement weather. Wednesday morning greeted the field with a window that worked for finishing the final round, despite foggy conditions.
Alex Vogelsong tied for 20th at 3-under (68-69-76–213). The sophomore had three birdies and nine pars on his final card.
LSU and Vanderbilt tied for third place at 851, with South Carolina fifth at finished (853).with South Carolina fifth at finished (853).
at 853. UAB tied for 12th place and South Alabama tied for 14th place.
Alabama’s Wilson Furr opened with a 64 and eventually finished tied for third at 9-under 207 along with UAB’s Drew Mathers. Alabama’s Thomas Ponder and Canon Clayton tied for eighth place at 210. South Alabama’s top finisher was Yannick Schutz at 215 which was good for a tie for 27th place.
The Tide and Tigers play March 26-28 for the Ole Waverly Collegiate in Starkville, Mississippi.
Gregg Dewalt is the editor of Alabama Golf News.
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