SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Junior Auburn Men’s Golf Ryan Eshleman scored a par 60-under-10 on Friday to lead the individual field and smash the program record for the 18-hole score as the Tigers also took the team lead to open the year at the Maui Jim Intercollegiate in the Mirabel Club.
“Super special day for the team and for myself,” Eshleman said. “I’m thrilled with the way I played. I felt great with the putter and hit a lot of good tee shots and corners. I’m very grateful to do this while representing the Auburn name. Every once you earn a place in history, especially with this program, that means absolutely everything. We still have a lot of work to do and goals to achieve, so we will be ready to keep our foot on the accelerator tomorrow morning .
Eshleman matched a single bogey with 11 birdies to claim the feat. Auburn’s previous solo round record was jointly held by Kyle Kopsick and Trace Crowe, who both shot 9-under in 2009 and 2018, respectively.
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At 22 under par, the Tigers are 10 strokes ahead of second-place Oregon. Auburn’s total score breaks another school record, the lowest solo run by a team, beating the previous 14-year mark by three strokes.
“Today we started the tournament and the year off on the right foot, and it was really encouraging to see,” the Tigers head coach said. Nick Clinard said. “It’s a testament to the talent and hard work of our guys. There’s still a lot of golf to play, so we have to stay focused on what we’ve come here to accomplish. Ryan had an amazing performance today, and I wouldn’t. Be surprised if any of the other six were to do something similar in future rounds. We’re all set to come back after tomorrow.
Also having a career day, junior Carson Bacha set a new personal low at 6-under 64. Bacha started the day with a birdie on his first trio of holes. The York, Pa. product tied a pair of bogeys with five more birdies to finish the round in the top five in the player standings.
Second year Evan Vo and senior Alex Vogelsong scored 65 (-5) and 69 (-1), respectively, to contribute to the Tiger total. For Vogelsong, this round marks its 18e career exit in the 1960s.
Defending Maui Jim Intercollegiate Champion JM Butler opened his junior campaign with a 72 (+2).
At Desert Mountain, individual Tigers golfers Frankie Harris and Brendan Valdes posted another pair of solid performances. In his college debut, Harris shot 71 (-1) while Valdes birdied holes 13-16 to card a 67 (-5).
For the intermediate round at Mirabel, Auburn will be paired with ETSU and Wake Forest and will start with Eshleman on hole 10 at 11:40 a.m. CT.
At Maui Jim Individual, all players will begin the second round in a tee shot at 10:00 a.m. CT before playing the final 18 holes later that same afternoon.