May 25, 2006
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Auburn women's golf team posted a 17-over 305 to fall to 11th in the third round of the NCAA Championship, held at the par 72, 6,203-yard Scarlet Course at The Ohio State University Golf Club.
"We have pretty much been playing catch-up since the first day and today it caught up with us," head coach Kim Evans said. "This course is designed so that teams like us can jump back into it, but we didn't take advantage of the course and it is tough enough to hurt you in the process."
The Tigers started the day off strong behind sophomore Abigale Schepperle, who was 3-under through the first five holes. Auburn settled in to the round and completed the first nine holes at 9-over.
For the day, the Tigers carded a 17-over 305 en route to a three-day score of 40-over, 301-298-305--904. The score dropped Auburn into 11th place with one day remaining in the championship.
Leading the pack is Duke, who fired a 1-under in the third round for a three-day total of 12-over, 297-292-287--876. Following the Blue Devils is Southern California in second at 25-over (291-300-298--889); Pepperdine in third at 30-over (301-295-298--894); Purdue (301-295-300--896) and Arizona State (292-294-310--896) tied for fourth at 32-over; California in sixth at 37-over (305-301-295--901); Georgia (306-305-291--902), Washington (305-304-293--902) and Florida (293-307-302--902) tied for seventh at 38-over and Stanford in 10th at 39-over (307-301-295--903).
Schepperle leads the Tigers in a tie for 17th individually at 6-over for the tournament (74-71-77--222). She is followed by senior Maria Martinez in a tie for 24th at 8-over (73-76-75--224), Margaret Shirley is tied for 50th at 12-over (77-73-78--228), Nicole Hage is in a tie for 89th at 18-over (77-82-75--234) and Jessica Lovell is tied for 108th at 22-over (80-78-80--238).
Teams have been narrowly avoiding strong thunderstorms in the area all week but storms are expected to begin Thursday evening and continue through Friday morning.
The four-day tournament will continue through Friday with live scoring on www.golfstat.com and daily recaps on the Tigers at www.auburntigers.com. Auburn is expected to tee off at 11:30 p.m. CT along with Stanford and Tennessee if weather does not cause a delay.