Oct. 14, 2007
Knoxville, Tenn. - Auburn freshman golfer Cydney Clanton fired a 3-under 68 in the final round at the UT Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship and tied with Florida's Sandra Gal. The ninth-ranked Tigers finished fourth with a three-round score of 879.
"It was just amazing to watch Cydney play this weekend and especially today," head coach Kim Evans said. "Her game matched up well and we knew after last night that she would have an opportunity to win. She asked me to keep her updated on where she was during the day and I did that after every few holes. It isn't very often that you have a player ask you to tell them what they need to do for the win, but she did and she played well."
Clanton, a native of Concord, N.C., turned in an impressive performance on the back nine as she had two birdies and an eagle. After the 14th hole, Clanton was 1-over but a birdie on 15, an eagle on 16 and another birdie on 18 put her at 3-under and helped secure the strong finish. Clanton and Gal competed in a playoff to determine the individual champion and Gal came out the winner.
Her three round score 72-70-68--210 ties her career best, which she earned at the Mason Rudolph Championship in September. The scores rank her in a tie fourth all-time on the Auburn record books for low 54-hole score with Celeste Troche (2000).
Senior Abigale Schepperle turned in her lowest score since 2005, 221, to finish a season-best 21st (tied). A. Schepperle fired even par 71 in the first and final rounds, rebounding well after shooting 8-over on Saturday (71-79-71--221).
Sophomore Candace Schepperle (73-74-77--224) and senior Margaret Shirley (76-73-75--224) tied for 37th, while junior Mariana Macias tied for 89th (79-80-81--240). Freshman Sarah Thead, who competed as an individual, ended up tied for 73rd (77-76-79--232).
The Tigers (292-296-291--879) finished 14 strokes out of the lead as Florida took home the team victory, 289-289-288--865. Purdue grabbed second (291-291-288--870), followed by Arkansas (285-297-296--878). Auburn defeated Kent State, Tennessee, Denver, Virginia, LSU, Alabama, Michigan State, Ohio State, North Carolina, Furman, SMU and Central Florida.
Auburn returns to action next weekend at the University of Alabama Ann Rhoads Intercollegiate. The Oc. 27-29 tournament will be played at the Northriver Yacht Club.