March 19, 2011
AUBURN - The No. 20/22 Auburn women's golf team returns to the course this week as the Tigers travel to San Diego, Calif., for the inaugural Battle at Rancho Bernardo Inn.
Being played for the first time, the Battle at Rancho Bernardo Inn is a 54-hole stroke play tournament being played on the Championship Golf Course at Rancho Bernardo Inn Golf Resort & Spa. The par 72 course will play at 6,336 yards for the tournament.
"We have had a tough time this season and we are still trying to find our place," said Auburn head coach Kim Evans. "We have been having individual breakthroughs every tournament and it is just a matter of putting all those blocks together and having a good tournament. We are looking for a tournament where we put it all together."
The 17-team field features 11 teams ranked in the top 25 in the country. Making out the field are host No. 44 San Diego State, No. 10/9 Arizona State, No. 8/10 Arizona, No. 20/22 Auburn, No. 6/4 California, No. 22/25 California-Davis, No. 5/2 UCLA, No. 46 Denver, No. 15/20 Georgia, No. 50 Nevada-Las Vegas, No. 49 New Mexico, No. RV/34 Oregon, No. 23/13 Pepperdine, No. 7/7 Purdue, No. RV/33 Texas Christian, No. 25/26 Texas and No. 2/1 USC.
With such a tough tournament field to navigate, the tournament has been rated as the fourth-toughest event in the nation during the 2011 spring season by Golf Digest.
"It is a very difficult field with some of the best teams in the country," said Evans. "You combine that with a good, tough course and some uncharacteristic weather for San Diego and we have our work cut out for us."
Filling out the tournament field for the Tigers will be Cydney Clanton, Karlin Beck, Haley Wilson, Carlie Yadloczky and Patricia Sanz. Freshman Marta Sanz will compete at the tournament as an individual.
Clanton has been the top Tiger so far this season with a 72.4 average. Patricia Sanz
is right behind her at 74.8 while Wilson rounds out the top three at 75.1.
"It is a different lineup for us again, and hopefully this is one that will work out for us," said Evans. "We had a good final round a couple of weeks ago in New Orleans and we are going to try to build off of that."
Tee times are set to begin at 10 a.m. CT, each day from the Nos. 1 and 10 tees. Fans can follow along with live stats at www.GolfStat.com.