May 8, 2007
Auburn, Ala. -
The fifth-ranked Auburn women's golf team will travel to Baton Rouge, La., to play in the NCAA East Regional, held at the par 72, 6,338-yard University Club. Auburn, who is the No. 3 seed behind top-seeded Duke and second-seeded UCLA, will look to finish in the top eight and earn their 11th trip to the NCAA Championship in the last 12 seasons.
"We are excited to go to the East Regional," Auburn head coach Kim Evans said. "It is a tough field, but we are really familiar with the course and the girls feel like they are at home out there. A lot of these teams were at LSU's home tournament back in March, so there is some familiarity there for us as well."
Evans juggled her lineup slightly after the SEC Championship, but will utilize the same five players this weekend. Senior Nicole Hage will play in the No. 1 spot followed by freshman Candace Schepperle in the No. 2 spot. Red-shirt freshman Marisa Milligan moves up one spot to play at No. 3, and junior Margaret Shirley drops to the No. 4 spot. Junior Abigale Schepperle will round out the lineup in the No. 5 spot.
The 21-team field features five other schools ranked in the top 20 by Golfweek including No. 2 Duke, No. 12 UCLA, No. 7 Purdue, No. 14 Texas A&M and No. 17 North Carolina. The field is completed by Alabama, Birmingham-Southern, College of Charleston, Florida State, Furman, Jackson State, Jacksonville State, Louisville, LSU, North Carolina, N.C. State, South Carolina, South Florida, Virginia, Wake Forest and Western Carolina.
The Tigers hold a 55-16 advantage over the 17 teams they have previously competed against this season. Auburn will share the course for the first time this season with Jackson State, Jacksonville State, South Florida and Western Carolina.
Auburn has been selected to the East Regional 13 times since 1993, but has never won the event. The Tigers best finish was a second in the 2002 East Regional, which was also held at the University Club in Baton Rouge. Auburn's lone regional title came in 2005, when it won the Central Regional in Lubbock, Texas. Both Hage and Shirley played that weekend.
Auburn will tee off at 9 a.m. CT on Thursday and 1:20 p.m. on Friday. The Tiger's playing partners for both rounds will be Duke and UCLA. Live results will be available at www.golftstat.com and a full recap of each day's round can be found at www.auburntigers.com.