Field Set For NCAA Men's Golf Auburn Regional

Niclas Carlsson

Auburn is one of a field of 14 for next week's 2014 NCAA Men's Golf Regional at Auburn University Club.

Auburn, Ala.--A host site for the 2014 NCAA Men's Golf Regional at Auburn University Club, the Auburn Tigers found out the rest of the field on Monday for the regional to be held May 15-17 and it will be a challenge for Coach Nick Clinard's team to advance against some of the top teams in the country.

Leading that charge is SEC Champion Alabama as the top seed. The rest of the 14-team field is comprised of Virginia Tech, Texas, New Mexico, BYU, Kennesaw State, Colorado, Louisville, UNC-Greensboro, UC-Davis, Sam Houston State, St. John's and Alabama State in addition to the Tigers.

The field will also include individuals Blake Morris (Ole Miss), JD Tomlinson (Florida), Jared Bettcher (Troy), Marco Iten (Austin Peay) and Theodore Lederhausen (Harvard).

With his team coming in following a third-place finish at the SEC Championships, Clinard said he's excited about the way his team has played heading into next week's regional.

"We are excited to have the opportunity to play on our home course along with an outstanding field of teams," Clinard said. "We have to play well to advance and I know our guys will be up the challenge. We have had a very good spring season and I look forward to that continuing next week."

Led by senior Niclas Carlsson, Auburn claimed three tournament wins this spring, winning the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate, the Tiger Invitational and the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate.

Auburn's top player in stroke average at 71.03, Carlsson has fired 21 rounds of par-or-better out of 33 total rounds this season. That includes 11 rounds in the 60's. Rounding out Auburn's contigent are freshman Matt Gilchrest (71.50), Jake Mondy (72.12), Daniel Stringfellow (72.76), and freshman Will Long (72.85).

Auburn is playing in a regional for the fifth consecutive season and the 24th time overall. Auburn is in search of its 19th NCAA Championship appearance and its third straight, finishing 13th in 2013 and tied for 15th in 2012.

Auburn has hosted the NCAA East Regional twice before. In 1994 Auburn tied for ninth when it was held on the Lake Course at Grand National. In 2003 the Auburn University Club was the host site and Auburn finished 10th.

The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each regional advance to the NCAA Championships, which will be held May 23-28 in Wichita, Kan., at Prairie Dunes Country Club.

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