July 11, 2013
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YORK, England - A pair of Tigers have helped propel their country into the semifinals at the European Ladies Amateur Team Championship at the Fulford Golf Club in York, England this week. Marta Sanz, a rising senior on the Auburn women's golf team, and her older sister Patricia, a 2012 Auburn graduate, a part of the six-member Spanish national team at the event.
Spain, who took second in each of the last two European Ladies Amateur Team Championships, finished the stroke play qualifying in second place in the 19-team field with a 12-over 732. Denmark took the top seed after stroke play at 19-under 701.
Individually, Marta Sanz tied for 23rd in the 113-player field with rounds of 71-77--148 (+4). Patricia Sanz carded rounds of 77-75--152 (+8) to tie for 50th.
In the first round of match play, No. 2 seed Spain downed No. 7 seed France, 5.5-1.5, to earn a spot against host England in the semifinals. Marta Sanz helped Spain to 1.5 of the 5.5 points in the match. She teamed up with Natalia Escuriola to win her doubles match, 4 and 2. She then halved her singles match against France's Celine Boutier to take a half point.
Spain will return to the course at 3:10 a.m. CT, Friday in the tournament semifinals against No. 6 seed England. No. 8 seed Austria and No. 5 seed Finland will face off in the other semifinal after Austria downed top-seeded Denmark.