Tigers Finish Second At Lady Tar Heel Invitational

AUBURNTIGERSDOTCOM Sophomore Margaret Shirley
Sophomore Margaret Shirley

Oct. 9, 2005

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The Auburn women's golf team earned a second-place finish at the Lady Tar Heel Invitational on Sunday, carding an 18-over (300-286-296--882) during the three-day tournament at the par 72, 6,285-yard UNC Finley Golf Course.

"We had a solid tournament," head coach Kim Evans said. "This was an impressive field and we fought hard each day. I am very happy with our performance. Duke just had an outstanding tournament."

The Blue Devils captured the tournament title for the ninth consecutive year with a 3-under 861 in three rounds, including a 9-under score of 279 on Sunday. Following the Tigers at 18-over, was Vanderbilt in third at 29-over (300-291-302--893), Wake Forest in fourth at 32-over (302-293-301--896) and Virginia in fifth carding a 36-over (300-303-297--900).

Individually, Auburn senior Maria Martinez finished in a tie for fifth firing even par for the tournament (71-70-75--216). Texas A&M's Ashley Knoll earned the title with a 10-under (71-65-70--206) performance with three sub-par rounds on the weekend.

For the Tigers, Abigale Schepperle and Margaret Shirley tied for 11th at 5-over with identical scores of 77-71-73--221. Junior Jessica Lovell trailed the duo, finishing in a tie for 18th at 8-over (75-74-75--224) and junior Nicole Hage finished in a tie for 41st at 16-over (82-75-75--232).

Auburn will be off for nearly a month before hosting the Derby Invitational Nov. 4-6 at the Auburn University Club, which will wrap up the fall season for the Tigers.