April 28, 2008
Auburn, Ala. - The No. 10-ranked Auburn women's golf team received a bid to the NCAA East Region, which will be held at the University of Georgia Golf Course May 8-10, NCAA Women's Golf Committee Chair Nancy Cross announced Monday.
The Tigers, ranked No. 10 in the latest Golfweek poll, are coming off a fourth place finish at the SEC Championship two weeks ago in Louden, Tenn. The Tigers finished off the three-day tournament with a final round 3-over 291.
Senior Margaret Shirley fired a season best 2-under 70 on the final day to tie for fourth, en route to earning her third straight Second-Team All-SEC honor. Freshman Cydney Clanton was voted SEC Freshman of the Year and earned First-Team All-SEC honors, while sophomore Candace Schepperle earned second team honors.
"We are happy to go wherever the NCAA places us," Auburn head coach Kim Evans said. "We are in a very strong East Region, but we are ready to go. We are familiar with the course having played there a few weeks ago and we hope to build off our performance on the last day at SEC's. We are excited about continuing play in the post-season and look forward to finishing up strong in the last two tournaments."
Auburn will face six of the top 20 teams including top seed and No. 2 ranked Duke, No. 4 Florida, No. 8 Georgia, No. 14 Wake Forest, No. 18 Tennessee and No. 20 New Mexico. Georgia will serve as host for the tournament. Auburn is 39-18-1 versus the 20-team field this season and will meet eight teams for the first time.
Central Region competition will be held at the University of Texas Golf Club in Austin, Texas, and the West Region will take place at the Lincoln Hills Golf Club in Sacramento, Calif. For a complete list of all teams competing at each regional, please visit www.ncaa.com.
The top eight teams in each of the three regions will advance to the NCAA Championship in Albuquerque, N.M., at the University of New Mexico Golf Club, May 20-23.
For live coverage of the East Regional please visit www.golfstat.com or follow daily updates of the Tigers on www.auburntigers.com.
East Regional Teams
5. Wake Forest
8. New Mexico
11. South Carolina
13. East Carolina
14. Georgia State
15. Central Florida
17. North Carolina Wilmington
18. Jacksonville State
19. Charleston Southern
20. Jackson State
Dori Carter, Mississippi
Emma Degroot, Chattanooga
Paula Hurtado, Florida International