April 14, 2006
FRANKLIN, Tenn. -
The Auburn women's golf team holds a slim one stroke lead after the first day of the SEC Championship held at the par 72, 6,217-yard Ironhorse Course at the Vanderbilt Legends Club.
"We got off to a bit of a slow start and finished up with a few tough holes, but overall, we had a solid day," head coach Kim Evans said. "Abigale Schepperle and Jessica Lovell had a very good day for us. We have just a one stroke lead so it is going to take a much stronger effort in the next two rounds for us to defend our title, but we are on the right track."
The Tigers shot a 12-over 300 on the day led by senior Maria Martinez, who shot a 1-over 73 and is tied overall for third. Auburn is followed by second place Tennessee and Georgia, both at 13-over 301, LSU in fourth at 14-over (302) and host Vanderbilt in fifth at 15-over (303).
Individually, LSU boasts the top two leaders including Carolina Martens and Alexis Rather, both at even par for the day. Martinez is tied for third with Holly Cantwell and Marci Turner of Tennessee and Amanda McCurdy of Arkansas at 1-over.
Auburn individuals completed the first round with Abigale Schepperle firing a 2-over 74 for a tie for seventh, Jessica Lovell tied for 15th at 4-over 76, Margaret Shirley tied for 23rd with a 5-over 77 and Nicole Hage tied for 33rd with a six-over 78 on the day.
The Tigers will continue action Saturday morning at 9:15 a.m. CT with live action on www.golfstat.com. Fans may also visit www.auburntigers.com for daily updates on the Tigers.