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Auburn earns first team title at Jerry Pate

VESTAVIA HILLS, AL (Oct. 12, 2010) -- Three newcomers helped lead Auburn to its first team title of the season Tuesday.

Auburn freshman Niclas Carlsson captured medalist honors, and the Tigers shot 7-under 273 in the final round to win the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate at Old Overton Club in Vestavia Hills, Ala. Three Auburn players finished inside the top 5 – including transfers Michael Hebert (fourth) and Blayne Barber (T-5) – the first time the Tigers posted three top-5 finishers since 2006.

Auburn finished with a three-round total of 11-under 829 to beat Florida, Golfweek’s top-ranked team, by seven shots. No. 5 Alabama came in third, nine shots back.

“It was a total team effort,” Auburn coach Nick Clinard said. “All five guys contributed and put together three strong rounds. It’s a great setting to play in the final group two tournaments in a row. These are the situations that help you mature as a team. They help you weigh yourself amongst the top teams in the country and see how you are improving as a program.”

Carlsson closed with 70 Tuesday to shoot 8-under 202, two shots clear of Alabama freshman Bobby Wyatt. Carlsson became only the third freshman in school history to win an event, and the first since Jimmy Green in 1988. Florida’s Tyler McCumber came in third, three shots back.

It was the first victory of the season for Auburn, which finished fifth in the Carpet Capital Collegiate and second at the Gary Koch Intercollegiate.

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