Oct. 13, 2013
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The Auburn women's golf team took 10th place at the Ruth's Chris Tar Heel Invitational Sunday, ending the tournament with rounds of 291-299-296--886 (+22). The Tigers put two players in the top 40 with Diana Fernandez leading the team in a tie for 27th.
Hosted by North Carolina, the Ruth's Chris Tar Heel Invitational was a 54-hole tournament played at the UNC Finley Golf Course in Chapel Hill, N.C. The par 72 course played at 6,285 yards for the tournament. The event featured 18 teams from around the country, including 12 teams ranked in the top 25 in the nation.
"This week was a tough week for us. We got off to a good start on Friday and then struggled yesterday, it wasn't a good day for anyone," said Auburn associate head coach Andrew Pratt. "Today was a positive day, though, especially for Clara and Jamie, they played real solid today."
The Tigers hit the ball well during the tournament, but struggled around the green. Pratt hopes that is something the team can work on before closing out the Fall season at the Stanford Intercollegiate, Oct. 25-27.
"This week we struggled on the greens, I don't know why we struggled so much. We had 25 three-putts for the week, which is very uncharacteristic, so we gave a lot of shots on the greens away," said Pratt. "We hit the ball fairly well, the greens were just a little slower than they normally look and that threw us off. We have a lot of things we have to work on to get ready for Stanford, which is another great field, so hopefully we can finish the fall off strong and take some momentum into the spring."
Fernandez finished the tournament tied for 27th with rounds of 71-73-76--220 (+4). Also finishing in the top 40 were sophomore Jamie Yun and junior Victoria Trapani, both tied for 38th. Yun carded a 77 in the final round to finish with rounds of 72-78-77--223 (+7). Trapani had the second-lowest round of the day for the Tigers, coming in with a 73, to finish at 75-78-73--223.
Senior Marta Sanz carded a 5-over 77 in the final rounding, ending the tournament tied for 53rd with rounds of 73-76-77--226 (+10). Freshman Clara Baena shot a 1-under-71 in the final round with four birdies, the lowest round in her young Auburn career and team low round for the day. She finished tied for 80th with rounds of 83-78-71--232 (+16).
Duke won the team title with a 7-under 857. Vanderbilt finished in second place at 4-over-par 868 while Oklahoma took third place, finishing at 7-over 871. Arkansas ended the tournament in fourth place at 10-over 874 with Alabama, Clemson and South Carolina tying for fifth with 14-over-par 878s.
Individually, Ashlan Ramsey of Clemson finished the final round in first at 9-under-par 207. Jenny Hahn of Vanderbilt ended the day at 5-under-par 211, finishing in second. Three players tied for third place at 4-under-par 212.
The Tigers will wrap up the Fall season Oct. 25-27 as Auburn travels to the Stanford Intercollegiate. The tournament will take place at the Stanford Golf Course in Palo Alto, Calif.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Final results from the Ruth's Chris Tar Heel Invitational hosted by the University of North Carolina at the UNC Finley Golf Course. Par: 72. Yardage: 6,285.
1 - Duke - 286-282-289--857 (-7)
2 - Vanderbilt - 285-299-284--868 (+4)
3 - Oklahoma - 292-290-289--871 (+7)
4 - Arkansas - 296-291-287--874 (+10)
T5 - Alabama - 299-281-298--878 (+14)
T5 - Clemson - 297-287-294--878 (+14)
T5 - South Carolina - 299-291-288--878 (+14)
8 - Florida - 298-288-295--881 (+17)
9 - Wake Forest - 297-292-294--883 (+19)
10 - Auburn - 291-299-296--886 (+22)
11 - LSU - 295-298-294--887 (+23)
12 - North Carolina State - 293-297-299--889 (+25)
T13 - Ole Miss - 292-293-305--890 (+26)
T13 - Michigan State - 300-292-298--890 (+26)
15 - Virginia - 301-294-300--895 (+31)
16 - North Carolina - 297-292-309--898 (+34)
17 - Notre Dame - 305-294-303--902 (+38)
18 - Baylor - 304-305-299--908 (+44)