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Tigers hold steady in fifth place at Battle at the Beach
Michaela Owen shot a 1-under-par 70 in Saturday's second round at the Battle at the Beach. (Wade Rackley photo)
Nov. 4, 2017

SAN JOSE DEL CABO, Mexico – A second-round 70 from senior Michaela Owen paced the Auburn women’s golf team Saturday at the inaugural Battle at the Beach.

As a team, the Tigers remained in fifth place, tied with Houston at 12-over, after a 292 (+8) on Saturday at the par-71, 6,209-yard Club Campestre.

Owen’s 70 (-1) was the third under-par round of the weekend for the Tigers and was her fifth in 11 rounds this season. She started her round with a birdie at the seventh hole and was never over par on the day, playing the back nine bogey-free with birdies at the 16th and 17th. Her round boosted her 19 spots on the leaderboard from a tie for 30th to a tie for 11th heading into the final round.

Freshman Kaleigh Telfer posted a 72 (+1) to move up five spots to a tie for 35th place. Senior Kelli Murphy remained in the top 20, tied for 17th, after a round of 74 (+3). Sophomore Kayley Marschke recorded Auburn’s fourth counting score of the day with a 76 (+5).

Oklahoma extended its lead to five shots; the Sooners are 6-under through 36 holes, five shots ahead of Texas and UCLA. Wake Forest’s Jennifer Kupcho continues to lead the individual race at 5-under.

Play gets underway at 8:30 a.m. CT Sunday with a shotgun start. The Tigers will be on holes 5-8, paired with Houston, Virginia and Wake Forest. Semi-live scoring is available at

Second-round results from the Battle at the Beach, hosted by Baylor at Club Campestre in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico (par 71, 6,209 yards):

Team Standings
1. Oklahoma –562 (-6)
T2. Texas – 567 (-1)
T2. UCLA – 567 (-1)
4. Baylor – 575 (+7)
T5. Auburn – 580 (+12)
T5. Houston – 580 (+12)
7. Virginia – 581 (+13)
8. Wake Forest – 586 (+18)
9. Vanderbilt – 589 (+21)
10. Mississippi State – 592 (+24)
11. North Carolina – 594 (+26)
12. TCU – 595 (+27)
13. Ohio State – 599 (+31)
14. Tulane – 600 (+32)

Auburn Individuals
T11. Michaela Owen – 73-70=143 (+1)
T17. Kelli Murphy – 70-74=144 (+2)
T35. Kaleigh Telfer – 75-72=147 (+5)
T35. Elena Hualde – 70-77=147 (+5)
T66. Kayley Marschke – 79-76=155 (+13)
*T74. Mychael O’Berry – 78-81=159 (+17)
*Playing as individual; score does not count toward team total



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