April 18, 2014
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Auburn women’s golf team battled through the rain in its first round of the SEC Women’s Golf Championships on Friday, shooting 8-over 296 in its opening 18 holes at the Greystone Golf and Country Club.
The Tigers are in third place overall after the first day of competition, which saw the opening round suspended three teams still left on the course. The first round of play will be completed at 8 a.m. Saturday morning, while the second round will get underway at 10 a.m.
Friday’s round featured several stoppages of play throughout the day, including four-hour delay. Tee times were pushed back due to the heavy rain in the area.
The SEC Championship is being played at the Legends Course at the Greystone Golf and Country Club in Hoover, Ala. The par 72 course is playing at 6,050 yards for the tournament. This is the second straight year for the SEC Championship to be played at the Greystone Golf and Country Club.
“We got off to a slow start and then play was suspended due to water build up on the course,” Auburn head coach Kim Evans said. “We went back out and played solid. Alex came back strong and Victoria, Marta and Diana all kept it together. We’ve still got a lot of golf to play, but we’re looking forward to the weekend.”
Sophomore Alex Harrell led the way on Friday with a 1-over 73, sitting in tie for sixth heading into Saturday. Harrell carded a team-high five birdies despite the wet conditions on Friday. Seniors Diana Fernandez and Marta Sanz both fired rounds of 2-over 74 and are tied for 14th heading into the second round.
Junior Victoria Trapani, who was Auburn’s top finisher for the Tigers a year ago at the SEC Championships, carded a 3-over 75 in Friday’s round to tie for 22nd overall, while freshman Clara Baena posted a 10-over 82, tied for 63rd overall.
Arkansas is at the top of the leaderboard at six-over, but has yet to complete its round with five players finishing their opening 18 holes beginning Saturday morning on the back nine. LSU is second at seven-over 295, just a shot ahead of Auburn. Vanderbilt is fourth at 10-over 298, while South Carolina and Alabama are tied for fifth at 13-over and both teams will also finish its round Saturday.
Alabama’s Janie Jackson is atop the leaderboard thru 15 holes at 3-under. Vanderbilt’s Jenny Hahn posted a 1-under 71 as the lone player to finish Friday’s round under par and is in second going into Saturday. Florida’s Sarah Schober and Maria Torries completed their rounds at even-par 72 to tie for third after the first day of action.
With its opening 18 holes in the books, Auburn will tee off at 10 a.m. Saturday morning. Tee times will be set following the conclusion of the first round.