SEC Championship Day 1 Quotes
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April 15, 2011

Recap

Tennessee Sophomore Erica Popson (first-round individual leader)

On shooting her lowest competitive round...
"It's the lowest round I have in competitive golf, but the other 66 I shot was at Regional's in high school. I felt really good, and I played really solid. I did a great job at sticking to one shot at a time. I normally get nervous over short putts, but I told myself to keep my head up and don't let anything stand in my way today."

On No. 18 putt...
"I thought I had it, but it had a nasty little whip-out. I now have to regroup and focus on tomorrow. I can't get to excited or to nervous. I just have to go out and play like I played today."

On team position...
"Both team and individually, we are in good position. Hopefully it will be an exciting weekend."

On the wind affecting the play...
"I don't think it was as bad as it was supposed to be. We played at Ole Miss a couple of weeks ago, and the wind was really bad there. We have been practicing in wind back home, so I really didn't think about it."

On the preparations for tomorrow's round...
"I have to keep the same mindset and stay in the moment. That's the biggest thing, the more you get ahead of yourself the worst you do."

Auburn Senior Cydney Clanton

On first round 69...
"We had a slow start, had a little bit a nerves being here and playing in front of family and friends. I had a little jitters at the start, but I calmed down and made some birdies, giving myself a lot of opportunities."

On the back nine and going 4-under...
"I didn't hit my tee ball really well on the backside, but I made some really crazy shots out of the woods that made my confidence go up. I ended up hitting the green in two on 12, and make birdie which started my momentum."

 

 

On the key of moving forward...
"We just need to stay patient. It's a three-day tournament and there's a lot of golf left, so we can't get ahead of ourselves, and stay confident. We made a pact that everything was going to be positive all week, and we just have to keep with that and stay patient."

Auburn Sophomore Carile Yadloczky

On first-round 70...
"I was hitting a lot of drives and approach shots very comfortably. I wasn't really getting ahead of myself. I was just taking it one shot at a time, and it worked out for me this time.

On the momentum of going under par the first round...
"I have been playing this course a year and half now, so I was just taking it one at a time. I was just thinking about each shot, and not rushing any of my shots."

On the key for the team...
"We have to stay positive. We need to keep our momentum going, and to keep cheering for each other."

Auburn Head Coach Kim Evans

On the first round lead...
"There is still a lot of golf left. It is 54 holes and it's a body of work for the whole week. We are extremely excited for our start, especially since we got off to a pretty slow start on the first couple of holes. I'm very proud of our girls. Our goal now is to be prepared for tomorrow, and not to get ahead of ourselves or look too far behind."

On the team's performance on the back nine...
"I just think they started playing golf. When you host, you have the jitters and you want to play good in front of your family and friends. I think once they got on the course and got a couple of holes under their belt they were good. They have been preparing for this almost for the whole year. Our work is cut out for us. Tomorrow is a big day, but it's no different than today. We have to continue to take it one day at a time."

On Cydney Clanton, Haley Wilson and Carlie Yadloczky shooting under par...
"This team has gotten together and made some goals as a team, which shows a lot of heart and soul. Cydney is a big leader, Haley has been steady all year for us, and Carlie has had some injuries, but she's finally got her groove back in the past couple of events."