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BRADLEY HANDWERGER

AU golfers pay tribute to school's ex-star with a win

Whether the Auburn men's golf team knew it at the time or not, its win in the 2006 Billy Hitchcock Intercollegiate will be more special than any of their previous titles in that particular tournament.

With a 4-under tournament total at the Auburn University Club, the Tigers claimed their 11th overall Hitchcock title and third straight.

However, the win came on the same day that the tournament's namesake died at the age of 89.

"The thought of Mr. Billy passing on the last day of this tournament is unbelievable," Auburn head golf coach Mike Griffin said. "We will miss him. His memory will be with us forever."

Hitchcock was a halfback on the football team from 1935-37 and scored the school's first bowl touchdown in the 1937 Bacardi Bowl. He played more than 10 years of professional baseball and managed several Major League Baseball teams after that.

In 1975, he was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.

Auburn had five players finish in the top 15 of the tournament, led by medalist Stuart Moore, who shot an 7-under 209 for tournament. It was his first collegiate title and gave Auburn its fifth medalist winner in the tournament and first since Kevin Haefner did it 2002.

Athens native Andrew Medley shot a final round 73 on his way to a tournament total of even-par 216, tied with teammate Glenn Northcutt for runner-up honors.

  • Gymnasts to represent AU: For the second straight year, two Auburn gymnasts qualified in individual events even though the team didn't advance to the NCAA championships.

    Lindsey Puckett will vie for the vault individual title, and Julie Dwyer will have a chance to win the all-around title.

    Puckett won the Northeast Regional vault title with a 9.9, the first such win for Auburn in the regionals since Danielle Pritts did it in 1991. Dwyer finished second in the Northeast Regionals with a 38.400, good enough to move on to the finals for the second year in a row.

    Both will go to Corvallis, Ore., to compete beginning April 20 in the NCAA Championships.

  • Next football class taking form: Auburn picked up its third commitment of the young recruiting season this past week when Pensacola, Fla., offensive tackle Kyle Coulahan committed to play for the Tigers.

    Coulahan, at 6-foot-5, 291 pounds, picked Auburn after also receiving offers from South Florida and Central Florida. LSU also was heavily recruiting him.

    He joins Marietta, Ga., tight end Bailey Woods and Hawkinsville, Ga., defensive back Dequan Bembry as early verbal commitments.

  • Lebo gets a commitment: Now that basketball coach Jeff Lebo's second season of rebuilding is over and done with, he's made headway on making sure his third year is much better. Lebo picked up a public commitment from Tallahassee (Fla.) Community College shooting guard Archie Miaway.

    Miaway (6-4, 202 pounds) shot 36 percent from 3-point range and averaged 15.5 points, six rebounds and three assists per game as a sophomore as his team finished 31-4, losing in the NJCAA Division I tournament finals 68-54 to Fort Smith, Ark.

  • Bradley Handwerger Bradley Handwerger
    DAILY Sports Writer

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