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July 2017

Three Former Auburn Tigers Compete in the Final Round of the Barbasol Championship

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PrintThe 2017 Barbasol Championship at Grand National Golf Course is in the books with 23-year-old Grayson Murray earning his first career PGA Tour win. The North Carolina native, who is in his first year on tour, shot 64 in both second and third rounds and ended at 21 under par for the tournament. Chad Collins claimed the runner-up position at 20 under.  (Click HERE for full results).

Making the PGA tournament more interesting for Auburn/Opelika residents and Auburn University supporters was the fact that five former or current Tiger golfers competed in the Barbasol Championship. Of the five, three made the cut and competed in the third and final rounds.



Photo Credit: Dakota Sumpter/ Opelika-Auburn News

2012 Auburn graduate Blayne Barber was a three-time All-American during his collegiate career on the plains and earned full time status on the PGA Tour in 2014. Barber finished the Barbasol tournament -10 in a tie for 42nd  place and was pleased with his overall performance this week.

“That’s my first bogey-free round in a while,” Barber said following the final round.  “I had a couple of good saves and hit a ton of great shots. Putting is the thing that kept it from being really low.”

Barber and his wife, Morgan, along with their two children make Auburn their home so being able to compete in a PGA tournament in his own backyard was especially satisfying.

 “It’s a normal week, which is great, “Barber said. “I mowed my grass, grilled out one night and had family over, so it was a good chill week. Hopefully, this is something to build on going forward the last few events of the season.”

The finish also soared Barber 13 spots in the FedEx Cup points race from last week, just above the cut line in 119th place.


Photo Credit: Dakota Sumpter/ Opelika-Auburn News

Photo Credit: Dakota Sumpter/ Opelika-Auburn News

Matt Gilchrest finished up his Auburn golf career this past spring and graduated in May. Although he does not hold a PGA Tour card like Barber, he received a sponsor’s exemption which allowed him to compete in the Barbosol Championship.

“This is a dream come true to get to play in a PGA event”, Gilchrest said after shooting an impressive 65 in the final round leading to a tie for 42nd place. “To get to play as a pro and have a Sunday tee time is really cool. This is just so much fun.”

He said being able to play in his first PGA tournament near the town where he played as a college golfer was special.

“I got a bunch of ‘War Eagles’ today and had 10 or 15 people following me so that was really nice”, Gilchrest said.


Photo Credit: Todd Van Emst/ Opelika-Auburn News

Photo Credit: Todd Van Emst/ Opelika-Auburn News

Patton Kizzire, who graduated from Auburn in 2008, earned his PGA Tour card in 2016 after leading the Tour money list. Kizzire finished five under par at the Barbasol and finished in a tie for 64th. After the round, Kizzire said he enjoyed being able to come back to the Auburn area to compete professionally.

“It’s great coming back to Auburn whether it’s for a golf tournament or a football game or just to be with friends and family, Kizzire said. “Auburn’s got a special place in my heart.”

Kizzire is currently sitting in 92nd place in the FedEx Cup standings with 439 points. The top 125 players in the FedEx Cup standings will make it to the 2017 FedEx Cup playoffs in September.

Days to Auburn Kickoff: 41 Greg Hall JR.

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Greg Hall Jr picWe are only 41 days away from Auburn football and today we look at Greg Hall JR., who is a senior linebacker. Hall was a two-time first-team all-state honoree at North Oconee High School in Georgia. Before coming to Auburn, Hall played for Appalachian State in 2012 and attended the University of North Georgia in 2013. Hall transferred to the Tigers in 2014 and joined as a walk-on, but was unable to play because of NCAA transfer rules. Hall saw his first amount of playing time last year largely on special teams, accounted for one tackle, and received a scholarship during preseason camp. He is currently studying in the College of Liberal Arts.

Days to Auburn Kickoff: 43 Phillip Lutzenkirchen

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Only 43 short days until Auburn football!

Today we honor a notable number 43; Phillip Lutzenkirchen.

The Marietta, Georgia native went to Lassiter High School before arriving on Auburn’s campus in the fall of 2009. Lutzenkirchen’s high school coach was current Auburn offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey.

Lutzenkirchen’s first career catch was a 13-yard TD reception from Kodi Burns vs. Mississippi State. Lutzenkirchen appeared in all 13 games in Auburn’s 2010 National Championship season. Against Alabama that season, Lutzenkirchen’s 7-yard TD reception from Cam Newton gave Auburn a 28-27 lead and ultimately won the game. In 2011, Lutzenkirchen caught a team-high 7 touchdowns. His career ended midway through the 2012 season as a result of a hip injury.

Lutzenkirchen ranks first in Auburn football history for touchdown receptions by a tight end with 14.

In June of 2014, Lutzenkirchen died in a car accident traveling through Georgia. Lutzenkirchen was just 23 years old.

War Eagle Phillip!

Rest in Peace.


Days to Auburn Kickoff: 44 Cameron Artis-Payne

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Cameron Artis-Payne Football Heads Tuesday, April 22, 2014 in Auburn, AL Lauren Barnard

We are only 44 days away until the season opener against Georgia Southern. Continuing our player countdown, today we honor former running back #44 Cameron Artis-Payne. He attended Harrisburg High School in Harrisburg Pennsylvania. After graduating from this high school, he attended Milford Academy in New Berlin, New York. Artis-Payne then went on to attend Allan Hancock Community College in California. In his time there, 2011 and 2012, he rushed for 3,412 yards and 43 touchdowns. He earned CCCAA All-American and California JuCo player of the year. Cameron transferred to Auburn in 2013, where he quickly showcased his skills. He rushed for 610 yards and had six touchdowns, including a 15-yard touchdown run in the SEC Championship game. He was also named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll. For his 2014 season, he had 1,608 yards, which is the third-best rushing season in Auburn history. He also led the SEC at 123.7 yards per game, and was a first-team all-SEC. He would acquire 13 touchdowns for the year, and was voted team offensive MVP. He had 11 career 100-yard rushing games, 19 career rushing touchdowns, and attended the NFL Combine. Artis-Payne graduated from Auburn University in December of 2014 with a degree in philosophy. He was then drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. War Eagle Cameron!

Days to Auburn Kickoff: 46 Craig Stevens

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CraigStevens3We are now 46 days away from kickoff to the Auburn football season and today we look at linebacker, Craig Stevens. Stevens played for the Tigers from 2006-2009 and calls Tallahassee, Florida his hometown. While playing football for Lincoln High School he was able to earn the ranking of 35th best prospect coming out of Florida.


After only seeing playing time in a total of 3 games in 2006, Stevens was able to make the Sporting News SEC All-Freshman Team and was 11th on the team in tackles in 2007. 2009 turned out to be Stevens’ best year when he was most notably rewarded Auburn’s Co-Defensive MVP and was 11th in the SEC in tackles per game with 7.3. Altogether, Stevens started in 26 consecutive games for the Tigers and accounted for a total of 3 double-digit games, which were all in 2009.


Stevens went on to graduate with a degree in business management.

ESPN Radio to Debut Golic & Wingo Morning Drive Show November 27

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image002Duo will Host Mike & Mike Together July 18 – 20

ESPN Radio will debut its new morning drive showGolic & Wingo, hosted by Mike Golic and Trey Wingo, on Monday, Nov. 27. The program will air from 6 – 10 a.m. ET on ESPN Radio and will initially be simulcast on ESPN2 before moving in early January to its simulcast home on ESPNU. Mike & Mike will conclude its nearly 18-year run on November 17.
Mike Golic, Jr. will join Golic & Wingo from 6 – 7 a.m. daily. He will continue to host ESPN Radio’s First & Last from 4 – 6 a.m. every weekday before contributing to the new morning show at 6 a.m. Golic & Wingo will also be available via, the ESPN app, SiriusXM Channel 80, Apple Music, Slacker Radio and TuneIn.  A daily podcast will also post on and will be accessible through the ESPN app.
Fans will have a sneak-peek of Golic & Wingo when the duo host Mike & Mike this week from July 18 – July 20, while Mike Greenberg guest hosts The Michael Kay Show (3 – 7 p.m.) alongside Don La Greca on ESPN New York 98.7FM from July 17 – 20. Greenberg’s new TV show will premiere January 1, 2018.
A member of the National Association of Broadcasters Broadcasting Hall of Fame, Golic currently serves as one-half of ESPN Radio’s morning duo, Mike & Mike (with co-host Mike Greenberg), which has aired since January 2000. The long-running program set the bar for sports talk radio. Golic hosted the first iteration of ESPN’s morning drive show – The Bruno-Golic Morning Show – with original ESPN Radio voice Tony Bruno.
He joined ESPN in 1995 as an NFL studio analyst after a nine-year career in the NFL as a defensive tackle. Golic is a 1985 graduate of the University of Notre Dame where he served as captain of the football team during his senior season and also wrestled for the Irish.
Wingo has been one of the primary figures in ESPN’s year-round coverage of the National Football League. He joined ESPN in November 1997 as an anchor for ESPNEWS and has served as host of NFL Live since its inception in 2003. He is the host of ESPN’s multi-day NFL Draft coverage. He added NFL Sundays in 2015 as host of NFL Insiders: Sunday Edition and he assumed the host role of ESPN’s long-running highlight show NFL PrimeTime in 2007. Wingo hosted The NFL on ESPN Radio, a day-long update, interview and analysis program on NFL Sundays (2001-03). Wingo graduated from Baylor University in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in communications.
Golic, Jr. has hosted shows on ESPN Radio since 2015.  Like his father, he is a graduate of Notre Dame and played college football for the Irish.

Days to Auburn Kickoff: 47 Cameron Toney

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Only 47 short days until Auburn kickoff!

Today we commemorate Cameron Toney, who wore number 47 during his time at Auburn University. In his hometown of Huntsville, Alabama, Toney was a talented linebacker in high school, totaling 107 sacks during his Senior season alone, 122 in his Junior year. When Toney came to Auburn in 2013, he was redshirted his Freshman year. He saw his first career snaps against San Jose State in 2014. In 2015, he was a reserve linebacker, but started for the LSU game, where he recorded three tackles. By his Senior year in 2016, he played in six games, recording two tackles at Georgia, and two QB hurries against Alabama A&M.

Toney is now playing Football at University of Tennessee Chattanooga while working on receiving his Master’s Degree.

War Eagle, Cameron!

Days to Auburn Kickoff: 48 Stephen Davis

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Only 48 short days until Auburn football!

Today we honor a notable number 48; Stephen Davis.

The Spartanburg, South Carolina native went to Spartanburg High School before arriving on Auburn’s campus in the fall of 1992.

Davis was regarded as the No. 1 recruit in the nation in 1992 and was named USA Today Offensive High School Football Player of the Year. Davis played running back for the Tigers from 1993 until 1995. He made the All-SEC team his last two seasons at Auburn and graduated as the team’s fourth all-time leading rusher behind Joe Cribbs, James Brooks, and Bo Jackson.

Davis was drafted in the fourth round of the 1996 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. Davis had a successful 11 year NFL career and currently holds the record for rush attempts (1.945), rush yards (8,052), and rushing TDs (65) amongst all Auburn alumni in NFL history.

War Eagle Stephen!

Days to Auburn Kickoff: 49 Patrick Young

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Patrick Young Football Heads Tuesday, April 22, 2014 in Auburn, AL Lauren Barnard

We are continuing our countdown until kickoff by shining light on former Auburn players. Today we are 49 days away, and honoring former fullback #49 Patrick Young. He attended Hewitt-Trussville High School in Trussville, Alabama. He was the team offensive captain and Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Not only did Patrick play football, he also played basketball as a junior and senior. In His freshman season at Auburn, he saw action against Alabama A&M, and made the SEC Honor Roll for academics. In the 2013 season, he saw action versus Western Carolina and Florida Atlantic. And again, he made the SEC Honor Roll. Patrick unfortunately suffered a season-ending knee injury in the 2014 season. He was a Rhodes Scholar Semifinalist, and a National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society Honoree. In his time at Auburn, Young pursued a degree in Biomedical Sciences.