March 26, 2010
ATHENS, Ga. - Battling strong winds, the No. 3-ranked Auburn women's golf team carded a 22-over-par 310 in the first round of the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic. The Tigers finished the day in a tie for second with Purdue and North Carolina, 10 strokes behind first-round leader Duke.
Individually for the Tigers, senior Candace Schepperle and sophomore Haley Wilson lead the way in a tie for 12th with 4-over-par 76s. Duke's Lindy Duncan holds the overall individual lead after the first round with a 2-under-par 70.
Hosted by Georgia, the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic is a 54-hole tournament being played at the par-72, 6,335-yard University of Georgia Golf Course. The three-day tournament features 23 teams from around the country, 11 of which are ranked in the GolfWorld top-25.
"We had our chances today, but could not quite get to the top of the leaderboard," said Auburn head coach Kim Evans. "We look forward to getting in the middle of the action tomorrow and seeing what we can do."
Evans said the wind, combined with a tough course, caused some issues for the Tigers.
"The wind was tough, but this is also a true championship golf course and you cannot afford to make many mistakes," said Evans. "We played pretty good at times, but had some runs down the stretch that cost us."
Schepperle and Wilson stayed steady during the round, carding 2-over 37s on the front and the back to tie for 12th with 4-over-par 76s. Also scoring for the Tigers was freshman Carlie Yadloczky with a 9-over-par 81, placing her in a tie for 55th.
Junior Cydney Clanton finished just one stroke behind the pair with a 5-over 77, finishing the day in a tie for 22nd in the 120-player field.
Rounding out the Auburn lineup was sophomore Patricia Sanz with an 11-over 82. She finished the day in a tie for 82nd.
Redshirt junior Karlin Beck
is competing in the tournament as an individual. She finished the day in a tie for 100th with a 13-over-par 85.
In the team race, it is Duke on top with a 12-over-par 300. Auburn, North Carolina and Purdue are 10 strokes back in a tie for second while Arkansas rounds out the top five with a 24-over-par 312.
Duke's Duncan was the only player to card a sub-par round on the first day of the tournament. She was followed by Virginia's Calle Nielson, Georgia's Marta Silva Zamora and Wake Forest's Cheyenne Woods in a tie for second with 2-over-par 74s. Duke Kimberly Donavan, Central Florida's Valentina Fontaine, Kent State's Martina Gavier, North Carolina's Courtney Gunter, Purdue's Maude-aimee LeBlanc, Ohio State's In Hong Lim and Alabama's Brooke Pancake round out the top five with 3-over 73s.
Action in the tournament is set to continue at 8 a.m., Saturday with tee times off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees. Auburn's tee times will begin at 9:50 a.m. off the No. 1 tee and will continue until 10:30 a.m. Fans can follow the action with live stats at www.GolfStat.com.
ATHENS, Ga. -- First-round results from the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic hosted by Georgia at the University of Georgia Golf Course. Par: 72. Yardage: 6,335.
1 - Duke - 300 (+12)
T2 - Auburn - 310 (+22)
T2 - North Carolina - 310 (+22)
T2 - Purdue - 310 (+22)
5 - Arkansas - 312 (+24)
T6 - Michigan State - 314 (+26)
T6 - Florida - 314 (+26)
8 - Ohio State - 315 (+27)
T9 - Wake Forest - 316 (+28)
T9 - Alabama - 316 (+28)
11 - Tennessee - 318 (+30)
12 - Tulane - 319 (+31)
T13 - Virginia - 320 (+32)
T13 - Kent State - 320 (+32)
T15 - Denver - 321 (+33)
T15 - Georgia - 321 (+33)
17 - Georgia State - 322 (+34)
18 - Furman - 323 (+35)
19 - South Carolina - 324 (+36)
20 - Ole Miss - 327 (+39)
21 - Georgia (B) - 329 (+41)
22 - Central Florida - 330 (+42)
23 - Mississippi State - 342 (+54)
T12 - Candace Schepperle - 76 (+4)
T12 - Haley Wilson - 76 (+4)
T22 - Cydney Clanton - 77 (+5)
T55 - Carlie Yadloczky - 81 (+9)
T82 - Patricia Sanz - 83 (+11)
T100 - Karlin Beck - 85 (+13)**
** - Playing as an individual