No. 3 Women's Golf Hits The Road for Tiger/Wave Classic
March 11, 2010
NEW ORLEANS, La. - The No. 3 Auburn women's golf team will head to New Orleans for Spring Break as the Tigers compete at the 2010 Tiger/Wave Classic in New Orleans, La. Action in the tournament is set to begin with tee times at 8 a.m., Friday.
The Tiger/Wave Classic is co-hosted by Louisiana State University and Tulane University and will be played at the par-72, 6,132 yard English Turn Golf & Country Club in New Orleans, La. English Turn is the former host course of the PGA TOUR's Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
Coming off of a win at the Auburn Invitational, Auburn head coach Kim Evans noted that the season is just beginning for the team.
"We are glad to get the season underway," said Evans. "We have not had a real chance to start. We have had three rounds of golf and have not been walking or playing like we should. In a weird way, this is what we have been waiting for so we are just going to take it one step at a time."
At last year's LSU Golf Classic, Virginia took the team title by carding an 8-under 856 tournament total. Individually, Lucy Nunn of Arkansas earned medalist honors as she defeated South Carolina's Benedicte Toumpsin and Virginia's Calle Nielson in a playoff. Nunn finished the event with a 54-hole total of 7-under-par 209.
This weekend, Evans will be the only member of the Auburn family with experience on the course as the Auburn coach has played and watched rounds at the English Turn Golf & Country Club.
"It seems to always be windy and has some smaller greens," said Evans. "It is a well-designed course and you have to be pretty accurate with your approach shots. We have never played there as a team, so this will be a first for us."
The Tigers have seen their share of success at the Classic, however, taking wins in 2002 and 2006. The pair of victories places Auburn in a tie for third for the most wins at this particular event.
Leading the team will be Clanton, who has top-five finishes at each tournament this season along with a team-best stroke average of 70.54. The Concord, N.C., native has collected a pair of individual victories, taking the top-spot at both the Hooters Collegiate Match Play Qualifying and the NCAA Fall Preview. At the Auburn Invitational, Clanton earned a second-place tie following her even-par 72 round.
Following Clanton will be Sanz, who has seen a successful spring thus far. In the two events played, Sanz has finished within the top-15, including a second-place tie at last weekend's Auburn Invitational. In her past two tournaments, the Madrid, Spain native has lowered her score with each round played.
Auburn's three-spot player will be Schepperle, the veteran leader of the squad. Schepperle has logged four top-10 finishes this year, most recently at the Auburn Invitational, where she tied for 10th with a 4-over 76 performance.
Also competing for the team are Yadloczky and Wilson, who tied for 18th and 10th, respectively, at the Auburn Invitational. Yadloczky owns a 74.69 stroke average, while Wilson claims a 75.92 mark.
The Tiger/Wave Classic welcomes a field of 23 teams, including nine of the top-25 teams in the March 9 release of the Golf World/NGCA women's coaches' poll.
"It is a great field," said Evans. "It has some top-heavy SEC teams and some top-heavy ACC teams. It is a good field and an incredible golf course."
The first and second rounds of the three-day event will begin at 8 a.m. Friday and Saturday, with tee times off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees. The final round will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday with a shotgun start.
Other teams competing in the 2010 Tiger/Wave Classic are Alabama (7), Arkansas, College of Charleston, Furman, Georgia (12), Kentucky, Louisville, LSU (20), Mississippi State, North Carolina, North Carolina State, North Carolina-Wilmington, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Purdue (6), Tennessee (11), Texas Christian, Tulane, Central Florida, Vanderbilt (17), Virginia (19) and Wake Forest (13).
Auburn's tee times will run from 8:50 - 9:30 a.m., Friday. The Tigers are paired with Georgia, Tennessee and Wake Forest in the first round. Fans may follow along with live stats of the Tiger/Wave Classic at www.GolfStat.com.
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