Oct. 1, 2012
OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. – The No. 6 Auburn men’s golf team is in second after the Olympia Fields Invitational second round on Monday at the Olympia Fields Country Club. The Tigers are currently 13-over par for the tournament after shooting a 4-over 284.
No. 8 Arkansas leads the Tigers by 12 strokes and is 1-over for the tournament. No. 16 Florida State and Northwestern are tied for third at 18-over, while Oklahoma State rounds out the top-5 at 20-over.
“We played pretty well today," said Auburn head coach Nick Clinard. "We were very close to having a great round, and we just need to continue to do some of the things that we haven't done well this year.
“We have to improve on our wedge game, our short game. When we get into trouble, we have to get out and try to make bogeys. It cost us a few shots today. We had a triple and a double with wedges in our hand, and that can't happen if you are going to try and win championships.”
All-American senior Dominic Bozzelli is tied for 7th, shooting an even-70. Bozzelli got off to a slow start, double bogeying the first hole and bogeyed No. 2, but the Pittsford, N.Y., native rebounded with birdies on Nos. 7 and 9. On the back-9, Bozzelli birdied Nos. 12 and 14 to move to 1-under, but bogeyed on 16 to finish even.
"Dominic played great,” Clinard said. “He got off to a rough start on 1 and 2 and was 3-over through two and to come back and almost shoot under par was a testimony to his heart and his guts.”
Senior Michael Hebert is tied for ninth after carding a 1-over 71. Hebert began the day with a birdie on No. 3, but finished 1-over on the front nine after a double bogey on No. 6. After making the turn, Hebert bogeyed No. 10, but birdied No. 13 before another bogey on No. 15. The Orlando, Fla., native closed out the round with a birdie on 18.
"Michael Hebert has been rock solid for us all year,” said Clinard. “He has played exactly how you would expect a senior leader to play."
All-SEC sophomore Michael Johnson is 18th after shooting a 4-over 74. Johnson moved to 2-under par for the tournament after birdies on Nos. 3 and 7, but bogeyed Nos. 9 and 11 to move back to even par. On 15, Johnson triple bogeyed before bogeying No. 17.
Redshirt freshman Jake Mondy paced the Tigers with his 1-under 69, jumping 27 spots on the leaderboard. After bogeys on 1 and 6, Mondy sank a 50-foot birdie putt on No. 9 to move to 1-over. On No. 12, Mondy birdied the 286-yard par-3 before carding another birdie on 16.
"Jake played great today,” Clinard said. “He had irons into two par 5s and made par there, but overall he played like a guy who is pretty seasoned. He is still learning the game, too. He has a nice future ahead of him.”
Redshirt sophomore Dan Stringfellow is tied for 54th at 12-over.
The Tigers tee off Tuesday's final round at 8:50 a.m. with Arkansas and Florida State. Live stats for the tournament can be found at www.golfstat.com.
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