Tigers finish strong, place three in top 10 on final day of Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate


The No. 14 Auburn men’s golf team closed the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate in style with a tournament-low 7-under (273) Tuesday afternoon at Old Overton Club.

“I’m really proud of our team for how we finished,” head coach Nick Clinard said. “The course had some windy conditions, but we were able to take advantage of it today. We learned some things we can work on as we shift our focus and prepare for the final two tournaments of the fall.”

The Tigers placed three in the top individually for the first time in the 2018-19 season.

Brandon Mancheno led the way with a fourth-place finish at 5-under (70-66-69). The sophomore had a team-high 15 pars en route to his best placing this campaign.

After tying a season-low 5-under 65, Jovan Rebula capped his three circuits of the par-70 course in fifth at 4-under (71-70-65–206). The junior carded a team-best six birdies and had 11 pars in his final round.

Jacob Solomon rounded out the top-10 contingent as he tied for sixth at 1-under (68-71-70–209). The senior finished out the annual tournament with an even-par final round, highlighted by a 2-under front nine.

Auburn’s lineup was completed by Ryan Knop and Trace Crowe, who tied for 24th and 30th, respectively.

Knop had four birdies in his final round to end the intercollegiate at 5-over (74-72-69–215). Crowe rattled in an eagle on the 331-yard, par-4 sixth hole to highlight a final round of 1-over and end his first tournament of the season at 7-over (74-72-71–217).

The Tigers finished in third at 5-under (283-279-273–835) as a team, just seven strokes behind No. 3 Alabama (828) and six behind No. 19 Arkansas (829).

The tournament was rounded out by BYU (839), Charlotte (842), Mississippi State (860), Minnesota (862), No. 18 UNLV (863), UAB (869), Air Force (889), Army (899) and Samford (902).

Auburn returns to the links Oct. 21-23 for the Tavistock Collegiate Invitational at Isleworth CC in Windermere, Fla.

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