Valdes shoots career low in Tiger Invitational first round

OPELIKA, AlabamaThanks to a bogey-free round of five birdies on Sunday, the Auburn men’s golf rookie Brendan Valdes leads the Tigers after the first round of the Tiger Invitational at the Grand National.

With a career low of 5 under par, 67, Valdes found himself in third place in the individual standings heading into Sunday’s second round of play.

As a team, Auburn sits in second place, seven shots behind tournament leader Florida Gulf Coast. The Tigers shot 7 under, 281 in the first 18 holes. Junior austin coggin joined Valdes to shoot below par with a mark of 2 under, 70.

“Today was a great day,” the Tigers head coach said. Nick Clinard noted. “The weather was perfect and the golf course was playing really well. I thought the second round was a lot tougher than the first, but our guys really hung on. We hit a few loose shots and didn’t get a few -a few putts we probably should have made, but I like the trend we’re heading in, and I think we’re going to continue to improve and play our best golf when it matters most.”

In an effort to outmaneuver impending weather conditions later in the week, all teams immediately began the second round of play after the conclusion of the first. Out of 16 teams in total, only three managed to complete the second round before the day was called due to darkness.

Auburn’s first lineup closed the second round with a score of 5 under par, 283. Sophomore JM Butler led the team through the middle of the round, shooting a 4-under, 68 to take his 36-hole total to 140.4-under. Valdes followed his first frame with an out of 70.2 under to sit at 7 under, 137 going into his final 18 holes.

Auburn’s “B team” finished the first round with a 5-for-293 total to finish ninth in the team standings. Leading the team was junior Alex Vogelsong which fired by in its opening stanza.


Groups that have not completed the second round will resume play in a tee shot at 8 a.m. CST while the third round will begin shortly thereafter with the first tee off at 9 a.m. CST. Valdes will leave for Auburn once again on the first hole at 9 a.m. CST.

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