May 23, 2007
Daytona Beach, Fla. -
The Auburn women's golf team jumped four places after two rounds at the 2007 NCAA Women's Golf Championship. The Tigers carded a 16-over 304 on Wednesday at the par 72, 6,351-yard LPGA International Course in Daytona Beach, Fla.
"I saw some good things out there today," head coach Kim Evans said. "I saw improvements on the front nine from yesterday. We still have two more rounds to go and we will look to continue moving up the leader board."
Auburn shot a 16-over 304 for the day to combine for a two-day total of 309-304--613 at 37-over. Freshman Candace Schepperle, who is tied for 31st individually (79-72--151), was the only play at even par for Auburn. C. Schepperle turned in even par or lower on 15 holes, including two birdies on the back nine.
Duke moved atop the leader board in the team battle at shooting 1-under 287. The Blue Devils two-day total of 300-287--587 puts them nine strokes ahead of second-place UCLA (303-291--594). Rouding out the top five are Purdue (597), Stanford (599), Southern California (601). With two rounds remaining, Auburn is 26 shots off of Duke. Purdue's Christel Boeljon is leading the individual race (72-69--141).
Junior Margaret Shirley carded a 4-over 76 and is tied for 48th, while senior three-time All-American Nicole Hage shot a 5-over 77 and is 63rd. After leading the team after round one, red-shirt freshman Marisa Milligan shot a 7-over 79 and stands in a tie for 55th. Milligan was a two-over after the 15th hole, but bogeyed 16 and double-bogeyed the final two to put her at seven-over. Junior Abigale Schepperle turned in an 8-over 80 and finds herself tied for 107th.
The four-day tournament will continue through Friday with live scoring on www.golfstat.com and daily Auburn recaps on www.auburntigers.com. A live video feed from hole 18 is also available on the Auburn web site. Auburn will tee off at 9 a.m. ET along with Oklahoma State and BYU.