Auburn Men’s Golf Team (288-858) packed up its clubs for a road trip to Tampa, Fla., to compete in the 2009 Gary Koch Invitational last weekend.
While No. 7 Florida State (280-834) won the tournament team title, Auburn placed seventh overall.
Sophomore Kyle Kopsick (63-201) won the tournament, setting Auburn and tournament records.
In the second round of play Kopsick shot a 62, the lowest single round ever scored by an Auburn player in a collegiate competition. Kopsick shot a 66 in his final round.
“(Kopsick) played great, he putted good, he hit the ball well,” said head coach Nick Clinard. “The hardest thing to do is back up a great round, which he had (Saturday) with another great round, and he was able to challenge himself.”
Kopsick finished the tournament with a 201 three-round total, the lowest three-round total in Auburn men’s golf history.
Adding to his record-setting tournament play, Kopsick shot a hole-in-one Saturday.
“I didn’t actually get to see it go in, but I was pretty excited,” Kopsick said. “We walked up to the green and there were only two balls on the green, so we knew one of the balls was in the hole.”
Of the 81 competitors, Auburn senior Cole Moreland (73-216) placed 30th, and sophomores John Stembridge (73-220) and Will McCurdy (77-222) placed 50th and 56th, respectively.
“I was pretty happy with it, I mean obviously Kyle played amazing,” Moreland said. “You never feel all that great finishing 15 shots behind the leader, but it helps when it’s one of your teammates.”
Clinard said he was proud of the team overall, but they need to work on their mistakes.
“We need to spend more time working on our putting,” Clinard said.
The Tigers travel to Birmingham Monday for the Jerry Pate National.