April 20, 2014
HOOVER, Ala. – The Auburn women’s tennis golf team took sixth place at the 2014 SEC Women’s Golf Championships, shooting 18-over 306 on Sunday to finish with a three-day total of 36-over 500 at the Greystone Golf & Country Club.
The SEC Championship was played at the Legends Course at the Greystone Golf and Country Club in Hoover, Ala. The par 72 course played 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.
Auburn played well through the first nine holes battling windy conditions in the morning to move into a tied for third at one point, but a tough stretch down the back nine dropped the Tigers to sixth.
With the completion of the conference championship, the Tigers now await their destination to a NCAA Regional. Slated for May 8-10, Auburn will now have a couple of weeks to rest and get prepared for postseason play.
"We started out good and we felt like today we had a window of opportunity. In all honesty, we tried so hard, we tried ourselves right out of it,” Auburn head coach Kim Evans said. “We're pleased. We've seen some good things. We've got a lot to work on over the next couple weeks to get to regionals. This isn't over with yet. We're ready to go."
"We've got to get them rested, we've got to get them in the classroom and get through with exams and we've got to practice all in the same,” Evans said. “We're going to keep doing what we're doing and keep trying to get better and be ready to go. When they tell us where we go, we'll be the first ones there."
Senior Marta Sanz led the way for the Tigers finishing in the top 10 in her final appearance at the SEC Championships. Sanz placed eighth overall with a three-day total of 4-over 220, shooting 1-over 73 on the final day of action.
"(Marta’s) been an amazing player. She's a gutsy player and I love watching her play. So many people mention what a tough competitor she is and that's just what she did today. It's what she's done her whole career,” said Evans.
Senior Diana Fernandez and sophomore Alex Harrell tied for 31st overall with a three-day score of 13-over 229. Fernandez shot 6-over 78 in her final round on Sunday, while Harrell carded a 7-over 79 on Sunday. Freshman Clara Baena moved up on the last day of the tournament, tying for 35th overall with a three-day total of 14-over 230, shooting 5-over 77 Sunday. Junior Victoria Trapani tied for 58th overall at 19-over 235.
In the team race, Vanderbilt took the title with a 15-over par 879. South Carolina finished in second at 26-over 890, followed Arkansas at 28-over 892. Alabama was fourth at 32-over 896, while LSU took fifth at 34-over 898, two shots ahead of Auburn.
Vanderbilt’s Simin Feng finished at 7-under 209, seven shots ahead of second place, shooting 6-under 66 in the final round. LSU’s Lindsay Gahm and Arkansas’ Gaby Lopez with a three-day total of 1-over 217. South Carolina’s Justine Dreher was fourth overall with a score of 2-over 218, while Janie Jackson and Janie Jackson of Alabama, while Florida’s Maria Torres all tied for fifth at 3-over 219.
The 2014 NCAA Regionals begin May 8-10. The Tigers will compete at the East Regional in Tallahassee, Fla., (Florida State), the Central Regional in Stillwater, Okla., (Oklahoma State) or the West Regional in Elum, Wash. (Washington).
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SEC Women's Golf Championships - Hoover, Ala. (Par 72)
|1.||Vanderbilt||298+287+294 = 879||+15|
|2.||South Carolina||301+299+290 = 890||+26|
|3.||Arkansas||294+297+301 = 892||+28|
|4.||Alabama||302+293+301 = 896||+32|
|5.||LSU||295+297+301 = 898||+34|
|6.||Auburn||296+298+306 = 900||+36|
|7.||Texas A&M||305+302+301 = 908||+44|
|T8.||Kentucky||313+296+300 = 909||+45|
|T8.||Georgia||302+303+304 = 909||+45|
|T10.||Missouri||303+303+307 = 913||+49|
|T10.||Florida||304+299+310 = 913||+49|
|12.||Mississippi State||321+301+296 = 918||+54|
|14.||Ole Miss||313+305+307= 925||+61|
|Auburn Individual Results|
|8.||Marta Sanz||74+73+73= 220||+4|
|T31.||Alex Harrell||73+77+79= 230||+14|
|T31.||Diana Fernandez||74+79+77= 230||+14|
|T35.||Clara Baena||82+71+77= 231||+15|
|T58.||Victoria Trapani||75+82+78= 235||+19|