Auburn rallies to win Schenkel E-Z-GO

Kyle Kopsick led the Auburn charge with a T-6 finish.

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With a late-round surge, Auburn jumped ahead of sputtering North Florida to win the Schenkel E-Z-Go Invitational on Sunday. 

The Tigers, No. 49 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, carded a 3-over 291 in the final round to edge 23rd-ranked North Florida by a shot at Forest Heights Country Club in Statesboro, Ga. No. 26 Virginia finished third in a tournament that drew nine teams ranked in Golfweek’s top 50. 

Led by sophomores Kyle Kopsick (T-6) and Will McCurdy (T-10), Auburn claimed its second tournament title this week, after winning its own Tiger Shootout last Monday. The Tigers improved from fourth to second to first at the three-day Schenkel to earn their first full-field team title since the John Burns Intercollegiate in February 2008. 

Auburn finished at 2-under 862, one stroke ahead of North Florida, which squandered a seven-stroke lead after shooting 11 over in the final round. Virginia was third at 865, No. 24 Alabama fourth at 868 and No. 28 Tennessee tied for fifth with Mississippi at 871. 

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Jonathan Randolph claimed individual honors with a birdie on the first playoff hole.

Jonathan Randolph, No. 12 in Golfweek’s rankings, won his third individual title of the season after prevailing in a three-way playoff. The Mississippi junior, who carded an even-par 72 on Sunday, bogeyed the par-5 18th hole in regulation to drop into a sudden-death playoff with Alabama’s Hunter Hamrick (70) and North Florida’s Jordan Gibb (71) at 5-under 211. 

Randolph birdied the first playoff hole to win his second title this spring, and the third of his career. He also won the SunTrust Gator Invitational Feb. 14. 

North Florida’s Kevin Phelan, who led after 36 holes, shot a final-round 76 to fall into a tie for fourth with teammate J.C. Horne (74) at 4-under 212. Three North Florida players finished in the top 6.

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