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Good start and this field of teams is fantastic.

ALPHARETTA, Ga. – The No. 1-ranked Auburn men’s golf team is three shots off the lead and in fourth after the U.S. Collegiate Championship first round with a 3-under 285 at the Golf Club of Georgia Lakeside Course on Friday. Junior Will Long is tied for second after firing a 4-under career low-tying 68.

Long is two shots off Virginia’s Derek Bard’s individual lead in a field that consists of seven top 10 and 12 top 25 teams. Starting on the back nine, Long bogeyed No. 10, his first hole, before playing the rest of his round 5-under with birdies on No. 12, 4 and 5 with an eagle on the par 5 first.

All-SEC senior Michael Johnson, who is on the Haskins Watch List, is tied for seventh at 2-under 70 while freshman Jacob Solomon is tied for 36th with a 73. Freshman Mark Lawrence is tied for 48th with a 74 and sophomore All-America Ben Schlottman is tied for 76th with a 78.

No. 4 Florida State leads at 6-under 282, a shot ahead of No. 22 Virginia (283), two in front of No. 5 Wake Forest (284) and three shots ahead of No. 1 Auburn (285). No. 19 Georgia Tech (286) and No. 21 Clemson (286) are tied for fifth.

“What an impressive day from Will Long,” said Auburn head coach Nick Clinard. “He played solid golf. We are in good position after the first day and look to make a move. This is a loaded tournament with the best golf teams in the country.”

No. 9 Oklahoma (289) is in seventh followed by No. 8 Stanford (290) while No. 13 Texas (292) and Ole Miss (292) are tied for ninth.

East Tennessee State (293) is 11th ahead of Kent State (295), LSU (297), No. 2 Oklahoma State (298), No. 7 Southern California (298), No. 24 UCLA (300) and Iowa (303).

Auburn tees off in Saturday’s second round off No. 1 at 10:30 am CT with Virginia and UCLA. The final round is Sunday.

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Tied for first and this will be the best field of teams in one tournament this year. Also a great win for Will to medalist. Got to say we were consist shooting 285 all three rounds first time I have ever seen that happen. Actually Auburn did not play their best and still won.

ALPHARETTA, Ga. – The No. 1 Auburn men’s golf team are the co-champions of the U.S. Collegiate Championship, shooting a final round 3-under 285 at the Golf Club of Georgia on Sunday. Auburn (285-285-285--855) and No. 5 Wake Forest (284-285-286--855) tied as three Tigers finished in the top-20 including junior Will Long, who tied for medalist honors for the first time in his career at 6-under 210.

Seven of the top 10 teams in the nation were in the loaded field along with 12 top 25 teams.

“It’s my first win of my career here at Auburn,” Long said. “I knew I could do it, it was just matter of time. I’m just really pumped about the win. It shows a lot about how I’ve progressed as a player. I know I can do it now, so hopefully it will be the first of many.”

Long (68-68-74—210) was part of a four-way tie for medalist honors with Maverick McNealy of Stanford, Derek Bard of Virginia and Cameron Young of Wake Forest. It is the Gastonia, N.C., native’s first win of his career. He fired a pair of career-tying 68s in the first two rounds and tallied 11 birdies and an eagle collectively in the tournament.

“Will’s played really well this fall,” head coach Nick Clinard said. “He’s been out with an injury the last two tournaments, but he came here and played great golf the last three days. To come out with a win, I think that shows how much potential he has and also shows what type of player he is as well.”

All-SEC senior Michael Johnson (70-72-69--211) tied for fifth, finishing a stroke behind the leaders. It is the Haskins Award Watch List member’s third straight top-5 finish this season. He fired five birdies in the final round on Nos. 3, 5, 9, 13 and 18.

Freshman Jacob Solomon (73-73-70—216) tied for 18th after shooting a bogey-free final round. The native of Dublin, Calif., has finished in the top-20 in every tournament this season.

All-American sophomore Ben Schlottman (78-72-72—222) climbed 17 spots on Sunday to tie for 41st and freshman Mark Lawrence (74-77-74—225) tied for 55th.

Auburn played all three rounds at 3-under and defeated 10 ranked teams. It is the second team title for the Tigers this year along with the Carpet Capital Collegiate and the 19th title under Clinard.

“I’m really proud of the guys,” Clinard said. “We didn’t really have our best stuff all week, but the guys hung in there and made up a lot of ground coming down the stretch in those last six or seven holes. They gave ourselves a chance to win and we did.”

No. 21 Clemson (280—859) finished third followed by No. 4 Florida State (288—860), No. 19 Georgia Tech (282—867), No. 13 Texas (285—869), No. 8 Stanford (290—869), No. 7 Southern California (286—871), No. 9 Oklahoma (293—874) and No. 22 Virginia (295—876).

LSU (288—878) finished 11th followed by East Tennessee State (307—882), No. 2 Oklahoma State (295—885), No. 24 UCLA (295—888), Ole Miss (300—895), Kent State (306—898) and Iowa (312—908).

The Tigers will conclude the fall portion of the season Oct. 26-27 at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate in Dallas, Texas.

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Golf a two semester sport....did not realize they had serious play in the fall....hope to see them at the Hootie in the early spring.

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