No. 1 rankings, top 10 finishes in the NCAA Championship, Auburn and Kim Evans all go hand in hand. Evans, who has led the Tigers to eight SEC Championships, including three of the last five, has compiled a 2,434-850-42 record as Auburn's head coach while leading the team to 94 top-three finishes in 213 tournaments.
Evans, who is in her 21st year at Auburn, has led the Tigers to 14 NCAA Championship appearances, including seven top-10 finishes with a tie for second in the nation in 2002 and third in 2005. Auburn's eight SEC titles under Evans came in 1996, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2012. With the eight titles under Evans, Auburn has nine total - a mark that places the Tigers second all-time in the conference in SEC titles.
In all, Evans has coached seven SEC Golfers of the Year, 13 All-Americans to 29 honors and 19 All-SEC recipients for a total of 57 honors. She has also coached seven SEC Freshmen of the Year and one NGCA National Freshman of the Year.
Included among those is 2009 SEC Golfer of the Year Candace Schepperle, who became a four-time All-SEC performer in 2010, along with four-time All-SEC performer and Curtis Cup champion Cydney Clanton.
In 2008, Evans was inducted into the National Golf Coaches Hall of Fame. She was also awarded the Horton Smith Award for education by the Dixie Section of the PGA at its 2009 Annual Meeting.
The Tigers recorded their best NCAA finish in eight years in 2013, moving up from last place after the first day of play to finish the tournament in sixth place. Auburn was led by honorable mention All-American Marta Sanz, who tied for 10th individually to become just the ninth Tiger all-time to finish in the top 10 at NCAAs.
Auburn won its third SEC title in the last five seasons in 2012, holding a one-stroke lead over home-team Arkansas. The Tigers tallied five top-five finishes during the regular season as they placed first at the Central Florida Challenge. The season ended with a 12th-place finish at the NCAA Central Regional. During the 2010-11 season, Evans led Auburn to three top-five finishes and an SEC Championship. The Tigers placed fifth at the Pac-10/SEC Challenge and the Battle at Rancho Bernardo Inn.
During the 2009-10 season, Evans led the Tigers to top-five finishes in nine of their 12 tournaments and top 10 finishes in all but two. Auburn pulled out victories at the Auburn Invitational and Tiger/Wave Classic while also taking runner-up honors at the Lady Tar Heel Invitational and NCAA Fall Preview.
Auburn compiled a 153-43-5 record on the season and returned to the NCAA Championship, finishing in a tie for 11th. Clanton stepped up at NCAAs, tying for third to give her the second-best finish ever at the NCAA Tournament for an Auburn player.
In 2008-09, Evans led the Tigers to top-five finishes in seven of the team's 11 tournaments. Included among those is the 2009 SEC Championship title and three regular-season tournament victories.
Auburn put together an impressive 132-39-1 record with the golfers accounting for 19 individual top-10 finishes. For her work, Evans was named the SEC Coach of the Year for the fourth time in her career.
In 2007-08, Auburn was ranked in the top-15 in the nation throughout the entire season, ending with a 12th-place finish at the NCAA Championships. Freshman Cydney Clanton was named an All-American and the NGCA Freshman of the Year. The honor came after she was named SEC Freshman of the Year, earning all-conference honors along with Candace Schepperle and Margaret Shirley. AU finished fourth overall at the SEC Championship. The Tigers finished the 2002 season ranked No. 1 nationally in Golfweek, the team's first-ever No. 1 ranking, and were No. 1 in the nation in Golfweek's 2002-03 preseason poll. In all, Evans has coached the Tigers to 20 tournament titles during her more than 14 seasons on the Plains.
The 1981 Auburn graduate has turned a once mediocre program into a consistent National Championship contender.
The 2007 season saw Auburn finish ninth at the NCAA Championships after winning three tournament titles during the regular season. Nicole Hage was named a third-team All-American and led a pack of three Tigers that earned All-SEC honors, joining Schepperle and Shirley.
In 2006, Evans coached the Tigers to a sixth place finish at the NCAA East Region and a 12th place finish at the NCAA Championships. Two players were named All-Americans, and Maria Martinez was named SEC Women's Golfer of the Year. The team tied a school record with five tournament victories, taking first place in the Derby Invitational, The LSU/Cleveland Golf Classic, The Lady Gamecock Classic, The SEC Championship and the Lady Buckeye Invite.
In 2005 Evans led the Tigers to the NCAA Central Region title and senior Diana Ramage earned medalist honors in the tournament. Three players were named All-Americans, as well as All-SEC team members in 2005.
In 2004, freshman Hage won SEC Freshman of the Year honors and was named as the Co-SEC Player of the Year. Along with Hage, Maria Martinez earned first team All-SEC honors.
Auburn won three tournaments in 2003 with the SEC Championship, the ACC/SEC Challenge and the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate. Senior Celeste Troche became the first four-time All-American in Tiger history while Danielle Downey was an honorable mention All-American. Troche, Downey and Diana Ramage were all All-SEC first-team selections and Maria Martinez was a second-teamer.
Evans led the Tigers to a school-best tie for second in the 2002 NCAA Championship. The Tigers finished the season ranked No. 1 nationally in Golfweek. Courtney Swaim, Troche and Downey each earned All-American honors as Swaim and Troche were first-team selections with Downey on the second team.
Evans was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in May 2013, just before the Tigers were set to begin postseason play. She went through chemotherapy at UAB and has been cancer-free since September 2013. Since then, she has been active in promoting awareness of ovarian cancer throughout the state of Alabama and around the southeast.
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