Aug. 27, 2008
New York, NY -
Golf World released the results of the latest preseason College Coaches' Poll and the Auburn women's golf team is ranked No. 9 with 407 votes.
Head coach Kim Evans, who begins her 15 season, and her Tigers begin the season Sept. 7-8 at the NCAA Fall Preview hosted by Georgetown University at the Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mill, Md.
Southern California is the number one team in the poll as the Lady Trojans received 14 of the 26 first-place votes. UCLA, which received eight first-place votes, is No. 2 in the poll. Duke (No. 3), Arizona State (No. 4) and Oklahoma State (No. 5) round out the top-five.
For the third consecutive year, Duke senior and three-time national player of the year Amanda Blumenherst is number one on the list of the "Top 50 Female Players to Watch." Auburn sophomore Cydney Clanton is No. 14 on that list.
Auburn returns six letterwinners from last season's team that finished tied for 12th at the NCAA Championship. That group includes four of the five members that competed at the NCAA Championship. Leading the way will be Clanton who was a First-Team All-American and First-Team All-SEC selection last year. Clanton also garnered NGCA Freshman of the Year and SEC Freshman of the Year honors.
Joining Clanton as starting returners are senior Mariana Macias, junior Candace Schepperle, a two-time Second-Team All-SEC honoree and sophomore Sarah Thead. Also back for another year is junior Karlin Beck and senior Lauren Hawkins.
The Tigers add two newcomers in Madison Overby from High Point, N.C., and Patricia Sanz from Madrid, Spain.
For a look at the complete women's poll please visit www.golfworld.com.