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Great final round and great start for the season. Future looking good with only one senior on the team.

DALTON, Ga. – The sixth-ranked Auburn men’s golf team won the Carpet Capital Collegiate by nine strokes, shooting a 1-under 287 at the Farm Golf Club in Dalton, Ga. on Sunday. Auburn (293-288-287-868) defeated Clemson (294-877) as four Tigers finished in the top-15.

Auburn played the final two rounds 1-under.

Freshman Jacob Solomon (73-73-72—218) led the Tigers with a top-10 finish in his collegiate debut after shooting a final round even-par with birdies on Nos. 7, 10, 12 and 14 to finish 10th.

All-SEC senior Michael Johnson (71-70-78—219) finished one stroke behind Solomon at 11th and junior Will Long (78-72-70—220) climbed 19 spots to tie for 12th. Long shot a final round 2-under 70 and birdied Nos. 2, 7, 10 and 12.

All-SEC junior Matt Gilchrest (73-73-75—221) tied for 14th and freshman Graysen Huff (76-84-70—230) climbed 21 spots by shooting a final round 2-under 70 with birdies on Nos. 5, 6, 9 and 11 to tie for 47th. Freshman Mark Lawrence, playing as an individual, tied for 79th at 81-82-82—245.

“I can’t say enough how proud I am of this golf team,” said Auburn head coach Nick Clinard. “We kept getting better and better each day and to play the final two rounds 1-under on this tough golf course is remarkable.

“Each of our guys stepped up, and it was a team effort with four finishing from 10th to 14th.

No. 8 South Carolina (296-880) finished third followed by No. 2 LSU (291-883), No. 13 Georgia Tech (303-885), No. 17 Alabama (317-895), No. 23 Florida (296-899), Tennessee (301-900), No. 22 North Carolina (301-903) and Kennesaw State (310-906).

No. 14 South Florida (309-907) finished 11th followed by Ole Miss (307-913), Chattanooga (302-913), North Florida (308-921) and Dalton State (314-932).

Jacob Joiner of Georgia Tech won medalist honors at 4-under 212.

It is Auburn’s 18th team title under Clinard.

The Tigers will return to action September 28-29 at the Primland Collegiate Invitational at the Primland Resort in Meadows of Dan, Va.

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Good grief no one wants to support Auburn golf? If you ever get a chance to go see them play in a tourney you will hear more War Eagle then you think..........................and if any ever make big on the tour they represent the very best in being an Auburn Man.

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