March 25, 2007
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ATHENS, Ga. -
The fourth-ranked Auburn women's golf team shot a final-round 289 to distance itself from the field and capture the team title at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic in Athens. The Tigers, who led after each of the first two rounds, turned in a tournament total of 881 strokes (293-299-289) to finish 11 shots ahead of second-place Florida (300-298-294--892).
Auburn's third round score was just five over par and the lowest single round team score of the weekend.
"This was one of the better rounds I have had the pleasure of coaching in my career," Auburn head coach Kim Evans said. "The team came out mentally prepared to play and wanted nothing less than to win the tournament."
The tournament title was Auburn's second of the spring and third of the season. The Tigers also captured the Derby Invitational in the fall and the Lady Puerto Rico Classic to open the spring.
Behind Florida, Arkansas finished third (300-297-300--897), and Alabama finished fourth (302-301-295--898). Purdue finished fifth (304-299-299--902).
Margaret Shirley (71-76-72--219) was the low scorer for Auburn, finishing tied for sixth at six-over. Nicole Hage (73-75-72--220) continued her solid play, finishing tied for 10th at seven-over, while Abigale Schepperle (75-73-74--222) tied for 12th at nine-over. Candace Schepperle (74-78-72--224) finished tied for 16th at 11-over, and Marisa Milligan (77-75-73--225) tied for 19th at 12-over.
Mariana Macias (80-73-78--231), who played as an individual, placed 44th at 18-over.
Auburn will take off next weekend before traveling to Brown Summit, N.C., to take part in the Bryan National Collegiate April 6-8. The tournament will be hosted by UNC Greensboro and Wake Forest and is Auburn's last tournament before the SEC Championships on April 20-23.