Women's Golf Announces 2010-11 Schedule
Aug. 5, 2010
AUBURN - A trip to Puerto Rico and two trips to California highlight a challenging schedule in the 2010-11 season for the Auburn women's golf team. The Tigers also get to claim a home course advantage this season as Auburn is slated to host the Southeastern Conference Tournament at the AU Club.
"Our schedule has already been a top five or ten schedule in the country and this year we have added a little travel to it to get out west a couple of times to compete," said Auburn head coach Kim Evans. "The schedule just gives us a look at what we need to be preparing for as we get down to Regionals and NCAAs. I just look at it all as getting prepared so we will be ready by the end of the year."
Auburn will start off against a challenging field at the NCAA Fall Preview, Sept. 13-15 in College Station, Texas. Playing at the Traditions Club at Texas A&M, site of the 2011 NCAA Tournament, the event will give the Tigers an early preview of the championship course.
Next is a trip to Nashville, Tenn., for the Mason Rudolph Championship, Sept. 24-26 at the Vanderbilt Legends Club. The Tigers will then travel to Chapel Hill, N.C., Oct. 8-10, for the Lady Tar Heel Invitational at the Finley Golf Course.
Auburn will then wrap up the Fall portion of the schedule with a new tournament, the Pac 10/SEC Challenge, Nov. 5-7 at the Stanford Golf Course in Palo Alto, Calif.
"It will be a fun tournament," said Evans. "They are going to have an extra scoreboard just to keep up with the five low scores from each conference and that will be kind of fun.
"I think the main thing is just to know that we are probably facing at least half of what will be at the NCAA Championship right off the bat. Anytime you can create that level of competition with the Fall Preview and then again at the Challenge, it better prepares you for the end of the year."
The Spring season will open Feb. 13-15 with a trip to the Puerto Rico Invitational at the Rio Mar Beach Resort. Auburn will be back in action two weeks later, Feb. 27-March 1, as the team travels to New Orleans for the Tiger/Wave Golf Classic at English Turn.
The Tigers will make their second California trip March 20-22, traveling to San Diego to compete in the San Diego State Invitational at the Rancho Bernardo Inn. Auburn will conclude the regular season, April 1-3, as the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic at the UGA Golf Course in Athens, Ga.
Auburn will get to start the post season on its home track as the Tigers host the SEC Tournament, April 15-17, at the AU Club in Auburn, Ala. It marks the third time ever for Auburn to host the conference's championship.
"We love being at home and the girls are excited to host," said Evans. "We are proud to host here, we are proud of what Auburn offers and all of our support from all of our fans and all of our support groups and staff. The golf course will play hard and that's what we like. We like a tough golf course and we are ready to show everybody what all Auburn has."
The NCAA Regional Championships are set for May 5-7. The East Regional, hosted by Stetson, will take place at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla., while the Central Regional, hosted by Notre Dame, will take place at Warren Golf Course in Notre Dame, Ind. Washington will host the West Regional at the Washington National Golf Club in Seattle.
The season will conclude with the NCAA Championship, May 17-20, at the traditions Club at Texas A&M in College Station, Texas.
The Auburn women's golf team finished fifth in the SEC and 11th at the NCAA Championship last season, ranking fourth in the nation in the final NGCA Coaches' poll. The Tigers lose only one player from its NCAA Championship squad and return senior Cydney Clanton, who finished third individually at NCAAs.
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