April 16, 2013
By Claire Fisher
AUBURN - On the last hole in the final round at the 2011 "Mo" Morial Tournament, head women's golf coach Kim Evans approached Carlie Yadloczky. It was Yadloczky's first tournament of her junior season, and she was in the lead by two strokes.
"It was really exciting," Yadloczky. "I didn't know I was in the lead until the last day when coach came up to me at the last hole and was like `You're winning by two.' I was just in shock."
Yadloczky not only finished the round with a 2-under-par 70 for the day to claim her first individual tournament championship at Auburn, but she set a new tournament 54-hole course record with a 3-under-par 216.
The win followed a successful sophomore season for Yadloczky, as the Tigers won the SEC Championship just four months prior. Auburn took the SEC title again at the end of its 2011-2012 season, back-to-back champions and winners of three of the last four SEC titles.
"My best memory is winning SECs two years in a row, my sophomore and junior year," Yadloczky said. "Not everyone gets to experience something like that and to be a part of two is really special."
As the only senior on the team, Yadloczky recently played in her last regular season tournament of her collegiate career at the Bryan National Collegiate.
"I actually didn't notice that it was my last tournament until after we finished playing, thinking about it," Yadloczky said. "It's just weird that it went by so fast. I am ready for the next level of my golf career."
Even though she is excited to continue her golf career, there are many things Yadloczky will miss about being on The Plains, including her favorite course and her teammates.
Yadloczky hopes to move into a professional career upon graduation, following in the footsteps of her older sister Jessica. The elder Yadloczky, who played collegiately at Florida, has played in Futures Tour Events since 2007 as an amateur, but began playing professionally on the Ladies European Tour.
"Jessica taught me just to take everything one step at a time, and even if you don't do good in one tournament, you can always come back," said Yadloczky. "She's really helped me throughout my college golf career."
Yadloczky has also been helped throughout her golf career by her dad Jerrie since she began playing at 5 years old.
"My dad is a really big influence on me. He's like my number one fan," Yadloczky said. "He's basically my swing coach."
Yadloczky leaves the golf team at Auburn with honors of being named to the 2010 NGCA All-East Region team and the 2010 SEC All-Freshman Team, one individual tournament championship and at least two SEC Championship titles.
She will get a chance for another as the Tigers will compete at this year's SEC Championship tournament April 19-21 at the Greystone Golf Club in Birmingham, Ala.