Women's Golf Defeats LSU, Finishes Fifth at Hooters Collegiate Match Play
Margaret Shirley

Nov. 5, 2006

ORLANDO, Fla. - The sixth-ranked Auburn women's golf team didn't drop a match Sunday, taking down LSU, 4-0-1, and earning a fifth place finish at the Hooters Collegiate Match Play in Orlando, Fla. Auburn's team record at the event was 3-1, and the individual records totaled to 13-5-2.

"It was a great way for us to wrap up our fall schedule," Auburn head coach Kim Evans said. "We played well and had a chance to win every match. The girls did a fantastic job of competing all the way to the last hole this weekend."

Auburn never trailed in three of five individual matches vs. LSU. Margaret Shirley took a 1-up lead on the first hole and never relinquished it, eventually winning 4 and 3 over Rebecca Kuhn. Marisa Milligan did the same, jumping ahead of Alexis Rather early on her way to a 5 and 3 victory. Abigale Schepperle managed a 3 and 2 win over Kim Meck after taking the lead on the pairing's second hole.

Nicole Hage also won for the Tigers, defeating Melissa Eaton 4 and 3. Candace Schepperle and Nicola Eaton battled for 18 holes before halving their match.

Auburn's 13-5-2 was tied for the best individual match record at the tournament, as third-place finisher Georgia was just as efficient. Duke won the tournament for the third time, going undefeated in team play and amassing a 12-5-3 record in its individual matches.

The Hooters Collegiate Match Play was Auburn's final event of the fall season. The Tigers return to action Feb 23-25 at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic, hosted by Purdue University at the Coco Beach Golf Club in San Juan, Puerto Rico.