Women's golf set to take on field at NCAA East Regional

May 7, 2014

 

 Auburn Women's Golf
 Matchup  NCAA East Regional (Tallahassee, Fla.) | Tournament Notes
 Date & Time  Thurs., May 8 - Sat., May 10
 Location  SouthWood Golf Club | Par 72 (6,257 yards)
 Online  Tournament Central | Live Scoring | Twitter: @AUWomensGolf
  

AUBURN, Ala. – The Auburn women’s golf team returns to action this week as the Tigers travel to Tallahassee, Fla., for the 2014 NCAA East Regional Championship at the SouthWood Golf Club.

Hosted by Florida State, the NCAA East Regional is a 54-hole stroke play championship that will be played at the SouthWood Golf Club. The par-72 course is playing at 6,257 yards for the three-day tournament.

Eight teams are ranked inside the top-25 of at least one poll heading into the NCAA East Regional, while the field is also made up of 13 conference champions that received automatic bids to the field.

Auburn is making its 19th consecutive appearance and 21st overall postseason trip. The Tigers are the No. 8 seed in the field and are looking to qualify for the NCAA Championships for the second straight season. A year ago, Auburn battled to an eighth-place finish on its home golf course to earn a spot at the NCAA Championships.

ACC champion Duke will be the East Regional’s No. 1 seed heading into the three-day tournament, followed by South Carolina, Stanford, Vanderbilt and Pepperdine in the top five. UCF is No. 6 followed by Virginia, Auburn, NC State and Florida State.

Host Florida State is No. 10, while Kentucky, Tulane, Louisville, Baylor, East Tennessee State round out the top-15. SEC foe Georgia is No. 16, Campbell (17), East Carolina (18), Texas State (19) and College of Charleston (20) make up the rest of the top-20. Troy, Murray State, Seton Hall and Alabama State round out the rest of the field.

The Tigers are coming off a sixth-place finish at the SEC Championships at the Greystone Golf & Country Club in Hoover, Ala. Senior Marta Sanz led the way for Auburn, taking eighth overall at 4-over 220 to capture her first top-10 finish at the conference championship. The senior also earned her third straight selection to the All-SEC Second Team, leading the team with a 73.23 stroke that also ranks ninth in the league.

Auburn will go with the lineup of Sanz, Alex Harrell, Victoria Trapani, Diana Fernandez and Clara Baena at the NCAA Regional. The Tigers will tee off from 7:45-8:29 a.m. ET Thursday with players from Virginia and NC State starting on the No. 1 tee box.

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Auburn is making its 19th consecutive NCAA Regional appearance under head coach Kim Evans. The Tigers will be making their 21st overall apperance and have claimed one NCAA Regional title in 2005, and Diana Ramage recevied the individual title that same season.

Auburn will face a challenging tournament field as eight of the 24 teams are ranked in the nation top 25 of either the GolfWorld/NGCA Coaches’ Poll, the GolfWeek Ratings or the GolfStat Ratings. Teams ranked in the top 25 are No. 3/3/3 Duke, No. 6/9/5 South Carolina, No. 7/9/4 Stanford, No. 12/ 14/10 Pepperdine, No. 13/12/13 Vanderbilt, No. 18/17/16 UCF, No. 23/29/32 Florida State and No. 25/24/31 Kentucky. Auburn is one of five SEC teams in the tournament field.

The top eight teams and top two individuals (not on advancing teams) will earn a spot in the NCAA Championships, scheduled for May 20-23 at the Tulsa Country Club in Tulsa, Okla.

Auburn has faced 12 of 24 teams in tournaments this season season, posting an 18-17-1 record. The Tigers own a .500 or better mark against six teams. Auburn’s record against the NCAA East Regional teams this season: Baylor (3-0), College of Charleston (0-1), Duke (0-3), Georgia (5-0), Kentucky (3-1), NC State (3-2), Pepperdine (0-1), South Carolina (0-4), Stanford (0-1-1), Troy (1-0), Vanderbilt (1-4), Virginia (3-0).

The SouthWood Country Club is a par-72, 18-hole private course located in Tallahassee, Fla. The course will be playing at 6,257 yards for the three-day tournament.

Weather is expected to be good for all three days of the 54-hole tournament. Thursday is predicted for a high of 86, low of 66 and a 0% chance of rain. Friday should have a high of 83, low of 65 with a 0% chance of rain. Saturday’s final round is expected to see a high of 82, low of 68 with a 0% chance of rain.