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    Senior Dominic Bozzelli Wins Individual Title at Amer Ari Invitational

    Feb. 8, 2013

    WAIKOLOA, Hawaii – Auburn senior All-American Dominic Bozzelli earned his third career victory after shooting an 11-under 205 at the Amer Ari Invitational at the King’s Course in Waikoloa, Hawaii.

    Bozzelli edged out Stanford’s Steven Kearney and Washington’s Trevor Simsby by two strokes. No. 24 Auburn finished the tournament in eighth at 10-under, shooting a 3-under 285 in the final round.

    “It is a huge win for Dominic and I'm extremely proud of him,” head coach Nick Clinard said. “He has really matured as a player and has a great future ahead. Guys continue to get better at Auburn and that's a testament to to our program and facilities.”

    Bozzelli, who started on No. 4, moved to 2-under on the round after birdies on Nos. 5 and 10 before carding a bogey on No. 11. Bozzelli then birdied No. 15 before closing out the back-9 with an eagle on the par-5 No. 18. Bozzelli birdied No. 2 to finish the round at 5-under, the second-lowest round of the day.

    “It felt good to get the spring season underway, and to be back competing again,” Bozzelli said. “As a team, I feel like we are very close to putting it all together. We just need to continue to put the work in. Individually, I struck the ball well all three rounds, and I was able to stay patient on a pretty average putting week. It is always nice to get a win and see some results for your efforts.”

    All-SEC sophomore Michael Johnson notched his third top-20 finish of the year after tying for 20th at 2-under. Johnson began the day on No. 4 and bogeyed Nos. 8, 14 and 16 before carding a birdie on No. 2 to finish at 2-over.

    All-SEC senior Michael Hebert finished tied for 42nd at 1-over. Hebert, who was 3-over after the first three holes, rebounded with back-to-back birdies on Nos. 9 and 10 before moving back to even-par with another birdie on No. 14. The Orlando, Fla., native double bogeyed No. 15, but fired three-straight birdies on Nos. 17, 18 and 1 finish at 1-under.

    All-SEC junior Niclas Carlsson tied for 60th at 4-over while redshirt sophomore Dan Stringfellow and redshirt freshman Jake Mondy, who was playing as a individual, finished tied for 70th at 6-over.

    The Tigers return to action February 18-19 for the Mobile Bay Classic at the Crossings Course in Mobile, Ala.

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    Team Results
    T1 – UCLA – 277-280-285 - 842 (-22) [Won tiebreaker]
    T1 – Washington – 280-275-287 - 842 (-22)
    3 – TCU – 277-291-281 – 849 (-15)
    T4 – Georgia Tech – 283-283-284 – 850 (-14)
    T4 – Southern California – 291-273-286 – 850 (-14)
    T4 – Texas – 279-283-288 – 850 (-14)
    7 – Stanford – 287-285-280 – 852 (-12)
    8 – AUBURN – 281-288-285 – 854 (-10)
    9 – Oklahoma State – 288-280-287 – 855 (-9)
    10 – Arizona State – 291-282-290 – 863 (-1)
    11 – Oregon – 287-289-288 – 864 (E)
    12 – Texas Tech – 284-294-290 – 868 (+4)
    13 – San Jose State – 296-283-291 – 870 (+6)
    14 – Oregon State – 289-288-296 – 873 (+9)
    15 – Osaka Gaukin – 293-296-289 – 878 (+14)
    16 – UC Davis – 298-291-298 – 887 (+23)
    17 – Colorado – 295-289-305 – 889 (+25)
    18 – Hawaii-Hilo – 293-300-298 – 891 (+27)
    19 – Hawaii – 298-307-297 – 902 (+38)
    20 – CSU-Stanislaus – 307-298-298 – 903 (+39)