No. 9 Auburn To Face Five Top-10 Teams At Olympia Fields Invitational Blayne Barber, ranked as the No. 7 amateur golfer in the world, returns this week for the Tigers.
AUBURN - The ninth-ranked Auburn men's golf team, fresh off a strong season-opening win at the Carpet Capital Collegiate, is set to take on five of the nation's top-10 teams Friday through Sunday at the Olympia Fields Intercollegiate in Olympia Fields, Ill.
The Tigers will go head-to-head with traditional powerhouse and second-ranked Oklahoma State, as well as No. 3 Alabama, No. 5 Texas, No. 7 Florida and No. 8 Duke. No. 12 Stanford, No. 13 Illinois, No.
20 Ohio State and No. 22 Augusta State, fresh off winning back-to-back NCAA titles, round out the top-25.
Also receiving top-25 votes were Arizona State, Florida State and Northwestern join Indiana and Notre Dame at the par-70, 7,205-yard North Course.
Olympia Fields has played host to two PGA Championships and a pair of U.S. Opens, the most recent seeing a three-stroke Jim Furyk win over Stephen Leaney in 2003.
"It's a major championship style course," said Auburn head coach Nick Clinard. "This is one of the best tournaments of the year for college golf as far as the way they treat the players and coaches. The field is always of the highest quality. You want to play at great venues against the best competition. We have a team of great players and are looking forward to the challenge."
The Tigers return to action with senior Will McCurdy leading the Tigers in the top-spot after a tie for eighth during the Tigers win at the Carpet Capital. Junior Dominic Bozzelli, who also tied for eighth with a final round 69 at The Farm, will play the second spot for the Tigers.
Junior Blayne Barber will make his first 2011-12 appearance for the Tigers at Olympia Fields after missing the Carpet Capital while representing the United States at the 2011 Walker Cup. The Lake City, Fla., native is currently ranked as the seventh amateur in the world by the Scratch Players World Amateur Rankings.
Sophomore Niclas Carlsson will play the fourth spot for Auburn with true freshman Michael Johnson rounding out the Tigers' lineup.
Johnson, who signed with the Tigers as the world's No. 7 collegiate recruit, closed out the Carpet Capital with back-to-back rounds of 2-under to tie for 19th.