Auburn, Moldova survive to win Nexus Collegiate titles

Auburn, Moldova survive to win Nexus Collegiate titles

Courtesy of Auburn Athletics

As the Scots have said for centuries, “nae wind, nae gowff”.

Auburn men’s golf coach Nick Clinard might have a different opinion after his Tigers braved three days of high winds at Albany Golf Club in Nassau, Bahamas to win the inaugural Nexus Collegiate in a battle of wear on Ohio State by three strokes with a score of 47-over by 911.

The modest-sized field of nine endured three days of winds in excess of 20 miles per hour on the Ernie Els-designed course on New Providence Island where the average score averaged 79.80 strokes per lap for the tournament.

“Some of the toughest (conditions) I’ve witnessed in my 21 years as a head coach,” Clinard said.

It was Auburn’s first tag team championship since winning its own Tiger Invitational last spring and the 38th tag team title under Clinard.

“I’m extremely proud of our guys for their patience and courage every day,” Clinard said. “It’s hard enough to win in our game as it is, so we’re excited to get the hardware back this week.

“We have a lot to improve if we want to make the leap from very good to excellent.”

Ohio State’s Maxwell Moldovan won his first collegiate individual title at 6 of 222, earning the second Buckeye a two-time victory over Mississippi State’s Hunter Logan.

Moldovan, who won the prestigious Southern Amateur in July with a record 20-under 264, clocked rounds of 72-73-77 to secure his first win as a college kid. Prior to arriving in Columbus, the Uniontown, Ohio native won the 2019 AJGA Rolex Player of the Year award as well as two Ohio High School State Championships (2017, ‘ 18) and was also crowned the 2019 Ohio Amateur.

Auburn sophomore JM Butler earned a share of second place with Logan and Charlotte’s Dongjin Park at 8 of 224, while junior Auston Coggin earned his first career top five, finishing fifth at 9 of 225 Carson Bacha tied for 10th with North Florida No. 2 student Nick Gabrelcik at 14 out of 230.

Results: Nexus Collegiate Classic

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Men’s 54-hole college golf tournament hosted by Auburn University. Team (highest four scores out of five players in each round) and individual competitions.

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