Tiger Invitational: Auburn defends its home turf with ease
J.M. Butler with Jason Dufner (Auburn Athletics Photo)
J.M. Butler with Jason Dufner (Auburn Athletics Photo)

The No. 1 ranked Auburn Tigers won the Tiger Invitational at Grand National, Lake Course, in Opelika, Ala. 

The Tigers defended their home turf by 15 shots, shooting 16-over and beating Florida Gulf Coast, who finished in solo second place at 31-over.

Auburn shot rounds of 298-284-298 to finish at 16-over. 

UNCW and Elon finished T3 at 38-over, and Auburn's B team finished in solo fifth place at 39-over. Lipscomb and Kennesaw State finished T6 at 54-over, and East Carolina finished in solo eighth place at 55-over. 

The win marks the Tigers' fifth as a team this season, matching the school record set in 1996-97 and tied last year (2022-23).

In the individual competition, John Marshall (J.M.) Butler of Auburn finished 2-over and defeated teammate Jackson Koivun by one shot.

Koivun finished in solo second place at 3-over. Butler shot a 5-over 77 final round to open the door to the field, but a bogey from Koivun on his final hole, No. 18, gave Butler the outright win. Butler survived a double bogey and a triple bogey in the final round.

Butler shot rounds of 71-70-77, while Koivun shot rounds of 71-73-75.

This is Butler's second individual win of his career. His first came at the Maui Jim Intercollegiate in the fall of 2021.

With the win, Butler into the top 20 in the Golfweek/ U.S. Rankings. He is currently ranked No. 20.

Brendan Valdes of Auburn, Claes Borregaard of Kennesaw State, and Austin Cherichella of Florida Gulf Coast finished T3 at 4-over. Carson Bacha of Auburn finished in solo sixth place at 6-over.

Results: Tiger Invitational
1KYJohn Marshall ButlerLouisville, KY40071-70-77=218
2NCJackson KoivunChapel Hill, NC30071-73-75=219
T3DenmarkClaes BorregaardDenmark20075-75-70=220
T3FLAustin CherichellaOrlando, FL20073-72-75=220
T3FLBrendan ValdesOrlando, FL20071-70-79=220

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54 hole men's collegiate golf tournament hosted by Auburn University. Team (best four scores out of five players each round) and individual competitions.

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