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Auburn golf team wins SEC title

The Auburn Tigers golf team defeated Vanderbilt 3-2 in match play to win the 2024 SEC Championship Sunday at Sea Island Golf Club in Georgia.

Nick Clinard is the Coach of the Tigers.

"Match play is so difficult, especially when you're playing teams that have some of the best players in the world," said Coach Clinard. "Our guys were very motivated."

Freshman Josiah Gilbert clinched the conference championship for Auburn by defeating defending Vanderbilt's Gordon Sargent.

"I'm happy for the team" said Gilbert. "Soak it in, enjoy it, then eyes up to nationals."

Freshman Jackson Koivun defeated Vanderbilt's Matthew Riedel 7&6.

"This is what we grind for and it's starting to pay off," said Koivun. "It's a great tournament to win."

"How about our freshmen," Clinard said. "We're not standing right here without them."

Junior Carson Bacha was also victorious.

"It was about staying patient, staying in the moment and waiting for your opportunities to come up" Bacha said.

Auburn narrowly defeated Alabama in the quarterfinals and then bested Arkansas in the semifinals on Saturday,

This is Auburn's fifth SEC title in program history.

NCAA regionals will be played May 13-15 in Baton Rouge. The Tigers will be the number one seed in the NCAA regionals. If the Tigers are able to advance they will play in the NCAA Championship on May 24-29 in Carlsbad, California.

Based on original reporting by Auburn's Jeff Shearer


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