Auburn golf opens season with third-place finish


Auburn men’s golf opened their 2017 fall season with a third-place finish at the Carpet Capital Collegiate in Dalton, GA. No. 13 Auburn finished at 10-under par in a field that included nine of the top 17 teams in college golf.

Trace Crowe, an All-SEC selection a year ago, picked up right where he left off with rounds of 69, 68 and 72 to finish in a tie for third, four shots behind medalist Alejandro Tosti of Florida.

Jovan Rebula just missed a top-ten finish, finishing T-12 after a final-round 68. Jacob Solomon finished T-26 while freshmen Brandon Mancheno, Wells Padgett, and Andrew Kozan finished T-34, T-44, and T-52 respectively.

“I’m extremely proud of our guys,” Auburn coach Nick Clinard said. “We played very well in a tough tournament and shined on the final day. We kept getting better each round, and that’s important with such a young team. This gives us a lot to build on.”

A 1-over par opening round put the Tigers in fourth place entering the weekend, and a two-under par second round led by Crowe’s four-under 68 had Auburn just five shots off the lead entering the final round. A 9-under par final round wasn’t enough, as Georgia Tech and Alabama both matched that score and went into a playoff, where the Yellow Jackets emerged victorious.

Auburn will have a week off before returning to action at the Trinity Forest Invitational at Trinity Forest Golf Club in Dallas Sept. 24-26.

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