Sept. 4, 2007
AUBURN - The Auburn women's golf team was voted No. 5 in the Golfweek Preseason Poll that can be found online now at www.golfweek.com.
"I think we have a really strong core group and I think they want more than they got last year," head coach Kim Evans said.
Three-time defending champion Duke headed up the list, as the Blue Devils return four starters from last season's team, including top-ranked Amanda Blumenherst. Arizona State followed Duke at No. 2, followed by USC, UCLA and Auburn.
The poll discusses each top 10 team's chance of winning a national title. This is what was said about Auburn - "Everyone contributes. Sounds cliché, but this team doesn't really sport a superstar. For the Tigers to succeed, it will take hard work and a group effort. Look for freshman Cydney Clanton to make an immediate impact, helping fill the void left by the graduated Nicole Hage. Auburn won three times last year, but got off to a slow start at the NCAA Championship and finished ninth. It's time for the Tigers to start believing they belong with the best."
The Tigers completed the 2005-06 season with a 157-42 record including three tournament victories. Auburn won The Derby Invitational, Lady Puerto Rico Classic and Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic. Mariana Macias was the only individual winner as the then-sophomore took the Lady Puerto Rico Classic title.
Auburn begins the 2007-08 season at the Mason Rudolph Championship Sept. 14-16, hosted by Vanderbilt at the Vanderbilt Legends Club. The Tigers follow that up with a trip to Albuquerque, New Mexico, for the Fall Preview. The University of New Mexico Golf Course will be the host of the 2008 NCAA Championship on May 20-23.
A complete list of the women's poll is available on www.golfweek.com.