Nov. 4, 2005
The Auburn women's golf team jumped out to a first round lead at the Derby Invitational with a 3-over 291 on the day at the par 72, 6,270-yard Auburn University Club Friday afternoon.
"We got off to a good start," Auburn head coach Kim Evans said. "The first day of a tournament is about shaking off the nerves and getting ready to play. Some may think that it is an advantage (to play at home), but it really isn't. There is more expectation placed on you. We haven't competed on this course for three years, so we are just like every other team here. We have to settle down and start playing."
The Tigers were led by senior Maria Martinez, who also leads all individual scorers with a 3-under 69 in the first round. The Maracaibo, Venezuela, native is two shots in front of Duke's Elizabeth Janangelo and Georgia's Taylor Leon, who are tied at second at 1-under 71. The individual race is a close one with 17 players within five strokes of the lead.
Martinez is followed by fellow teammates Abigale Schpperle in a tie for fourth (par 72), Nicole Hage and Margaret Shirley in a tie for 19th at 3-over 75 and Jessica Lovell sits in a tie for 65th at 9-over 81. Auburn freshman Mariana Macias had an impressive first round as she carded a 3-over 75 and is in a tie for 19th as an individual.
Trailing Auburn in the team race are Georgia and Duke in second at 6-over 294, Virginia and Tennessee are tied for fourth at 9-over 297, Ole Miss sits in sixth at 12-over 300, South Carolina is seventh at 13-over 301, Florida is eighth (14-over 302), Florida State is ninth (15-over 303) and LSU and Texas are tied for 10th at 20-over 208.
With a 3-over 291 first round score, the Tigers have tied the No. 2 score for a low round in the first day of The Derby. The record is a 1-over 289 by Tennessee in 2002. Martinez's 3-under 69 is also a tie for the third-lowest first round score in the 10 years of the tournament with the record standing as a 5-under 67 by Lorena Ochoa of Arizona in 2001.
The Derby will continue through Sunday with a shotgun start each day at 8:30 a.m. at the AU Club. Live scoring can be followed on www.golfstat.com and daily updates can be found on www.auburntigers.com.