May 20, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. - The Auburn women's golf team will continue its postseason run this week as the Tigers head to familiar territory in Athens, Ga., for the NCAA Women's Golf Championship. Play is set to begin Tuesday morning.
Hosted by Georgia, the NCAA Championship is a 72-hole stroke play championship will take place at the University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Ga. The par-72 course will play at 6,372 yards for the tournament. The tournament field is made up of 24 teams, eight advancing from each regional site, and six individuals for a 126-player field.
The UGA Golf Course is no stranger to Auburn as the Tigers regularly compete in the Bulldogs' Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic. Auburn has won the tournament three times in its history and most recently finished third at the Liz Murphey Fall Preview last October.
"We have played there every year I have been here," said Auburn head coach Kim Evans. "This year we played there in the Fall Preview and we led after the first two days. We love the town and we love the course. We are excited have been excited all year. One of our goals was to get to Nationals and be able to play a course we really like."
After struggling through part of the spring, the Tigers have put together some good golf in its last few tournaments. Evans hopes Auburn can continue to ride that momentum this week in Athens.
"We have a chance of it kicking in over there like we had at regionals," said Evans. "They are not only going to grow as people, but we are going to grow as a program because most of these kids are back next year. They are back with a fighting spirit."
Auburn is making its 16th appearance all-time at the NCAA Championship and its 14th under Evans. Senior Carlie Yadloczky is the lone Tiger to have previously competed in the national championship and knows they need to take it one step at a time through the 72-hole tournament.
"I haven't been to Nationals since my freshman year, so this is a great way to go out," said Yadloczky. "We have to take it one step at a time. We know the course really well. I think we are just excited to go out and play and do this for coach."
Junior Marta Sanz, who tied for 11th at the NCAA East Regional, leads the Tigers heading into the championship with a 74.41 stroke average. Sophomore Victoria Trapani has a 75.29 average while Yadloczky is right behind her with a 75.38.
Auburn's last NCAA Championship appearance resulted in a tie for 11th with former Tiger Cydney Clanton leading the team in a tie for third at 7-under 281. Auburn's best team finish ever was a tie for second at the 2002 NCAA Championship.
Former Tiger Danielle Downey, who is currently a student assistant with the Tigers, holds the school record for best individual finish as she ties for second in 2002 after rounds of 73-6970-72--284.
First-round play begins with tee times off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees at 6:30 a.m. CT, Tuesday. Auburn will tee off from 7:36 - 8:20 a.m. off No. 10, playing alongside Michigan State and San Jose State.
Fans can follow along with live scoring at www.GolfStat.com.