March 4, 2006
BATON ROUGE, La. - After a strong day of competition, the Auburn women's golf team has taken over the top spot at the LSU Cleveland Golf Classic held at the par 72, 6,333-yard University Golf Club.
"We had a great day today," Auburn head coach Kim Evans said. "Everyone from top to bottom had an outstanding performance. We have our work cut out for us tomorrow though because with one day left, we have a two-stroke lead over LSU, who is competing on its home course. But we had a very strong day and I saw a lot of encouraging things."
The Tigers shot a 1-over 289 on the day for a two-round total of 297-289--586. They are followed by LSU at 12-over (298-290--588) in second, Virginia in third at 21-over (294-303--597), Vanderbilt in fourth at 23-over (307-292--599) and Furman sits in fifth at 31-over (311-296--607).
Individually, junior Nicole Hage had the largest turnaround of the day as she dropped seven strokes from the first round as she finished the day in a tie for fourth firing a 76-69--145, moving up from 26th place after the first day. Hage totalled five birdies on the day for her 3-under total.
Senior Maria Martinez sits in a tie for 7th with a 2-over 72-74--146 and is followed by Abigale Schepperle (75-73--148) and Jessica Lovell (74-74--148) each tied for 12th and Margaret Shirley, tied for 24th at 6-over (77-73--150).
As an individual, freshman Mariana Macias sits in a tie for 67th at 16-over (84-76--160). Melissa Eaton of LSU leads the pack with a 6-under 73-66--139 after two rounds.
The final round of the LSU Cleveland Golf Classic will take place Sunday, March 5 with the Tigers teeing off at 8:30 a.m. CT. Live results can be followed on www.golfstat.com and fans may find daily updates on www.auburntigers.com.