Feb. 8, 2012
AUBURN - The No. 3 Auburn women's golf team has a lot to prove in their spring season that kicks off this weekend. The Tigers are coming off of a fall season in which they notched top-three finishes in all four tournaments.
Individually, the Tigers had two champions in junior Carlie Yadlockzy and sophomore Marta Sanz. Yadlockzy opened the fall season with her first individual win at the "Mo" Morial tournament and ended the fall season tied for the team's second lowest stroke average of a 73.92.
"The fall season was good," head coach Kim Evans said. "We came right out of the gates really hot and played well. It showed a lot of potential and it is our goal to get better with each tournament that we play."
Leading the team this season will be seniors Haley Wilson and Patricia Sanz. Both seniors earned top-20 finishes in the fall season with Wilson maintaining a stroke average of a 75.22 and Patricia Sanz with a 76.11.
"Our seniors always step up and lead the team in a way that they are good at," Evans said. "I would say that Madison (Overbey), Patricia and Haley in their own special ways have helped lead the team."
Two freshmen are hoping for to see some of the same success they had this fall. Victoria Trapani ended the fall season tied for the second lowest stroke average of a 73.92 and a second place tie in The Landfall Tradition. Also taking home a top-10 finish is Nicole Quinn, tying for sixth at the "Mo" Morial tournament and maintaining a 76.11 stroke average.
"It is an explosive group," Evans said. "It is hard to predict and I am not going to try to, but I think once we get the first tournament under our belt we can gage from there. I can tell you that they will play all out. They will go for it every chance they get."
The Tigers will compete in five tournaments this spring, kicking off on Feb.12-14 at the Central Florida Invitational at the Red Tail Golf Club in Orlando, Fla.
The rest of the season will include the Sugar Bowl Invitational on Feb. 26-28 in New Orleans, La., the Lady Gator Invitational on March 16-18 in Gainesville, Fla., the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic on March 30-April 1 in Athens, Ga. and finish the regular season at the Southeastern Conference Championship on April 20-22 in Fayetteville, Ark.