After One Round At Wildcat Invitational, Auburn Women's Golf Sits In Tie For Fifth
Nicole Hage

Feb. 20, 2006

TUCSON, Ariz. - The Auburn women's golf team sits in a tie for fifth after one round of the Wildcat Invitational, firing a 4-over 288 at the par 71, 6,134-yard Arizona National Golf Club Monday afternoon.

"We started out very strong on the front nine and then settled into the course," Auburn head coach Kim Evans said. "Tomorrow is a longer day than anticipated because we will have to finish up the second round and then we will wrap up the day with the third round, but we are anxious to get back out there and see what we are capable of."

Junior Nicole Hage is near the top of the leaderboard as she carded a 2-under 69 for a fourth place tie with Tiffany Joh of UCLA and Cassandra Kirkland of Arizona.

Leading the pack is No. 1-ranked Duke with a 3-under 281 performance on the day, followed by California in second with a 2-under 282, USC in third at 1-over 285 and Arizona State firing a 2-over 286 for fourth. The Tigers are currently tied with UCLA and UNLV at 4-over.

Individually, Jessica Lovell follows Hage in a tie for 16th with an even 71, Maria Martinez is tied for 24th at 1-over 72, Margaret Shirley is tied for 57th with a 5-over 76 and Abigale Schepperle carded a 9-over 80 to tie for 81st.

Martinez was the only Tiger to finish the second round before it was called for the day. Martinez recorded a 1-under for the day for a two-round total of even par of 142.

Play will resume at 10 a.m. CT Tuesday with the conclusion of the second round and continuation to the third and final round immediately to follow with a shotgun start. Live stats can be found on