Yadloczky Ready To Shine
Sept. 22, 2011
By Morgan Seeley
After working through Auburn's lineup in her first two years, junior Carlie Yadloczky will be looked upon to be a leader for the nationally-ranked Auburn women's golf team this season. Only one tournament into the season, she has already accepted the challenge.
In the Tigers' first tournament of the season last week, Yadloczky set a new tournament 54-hole record with a 3-under-par 216, grabbing her first career individual victory and leading the Tigers to a runner-up finish for the tournament.
"It wasn't an easy course to play because it is more of a placement course," she said. "I thought I played it pretty well for my first time. My tee shots, putting and short game were really working, I was really on point." Yadloczky's 3-under 213 score in the tournament broke the previous record of 216 set by Southern California's Paola Moreno in 2007.
"I didn't know I broke a record until we landed in Atlanta, but it was very exciting to win my first tournament," said Yadloczky. "Going down to the last hole, Coach Evans asked if I wanted to know how far out or in I was. When she said I was one shot in, I was pretty nervous but I played like I usually play and won it by one."
Yadloczky credited her first tournament win to the practice and competitive play that she saw this summer.
"Going home and practicing with my dad for a month or two really got me on my game," she said. "I played in three mini-tours around central Florida and did pretty well. In the first two I came in second and the last tournament I tied for sixth."
Coming off her impressive run this summer, she was ready to set some goals for her first season as an upperclassman to get her on the right track.
"My individual goals were that I wanted to be an All-American, try to finish in the top-five at every tournament, keep my head up and don't finish until the end," she said.
These goals have changed since her first two seasons with the Tigers, as she believes both her role on the team and her mindset has evolved. She only had one top-20 finish in her first two seasons at Auburn, tying for 19th at the 2011 SEC Championship.
"My freshman and sophomore years, I used to get more upset about my game, but now I have just learned to move from hole to hole," said Yadloczky. "I have learned to wait it out because there is no time to get upset about it."
Yadloczky's new maturity in her game has proven to be beneficial on the course and in her team's dynamic as she hopes to spread these goals and lessons learned in her fellow teammates.
"I am more helpful with the underclassmen, I try to relate to them and let them know what doesn't work," she said. "The most important thing I tell them is it's not worth it to get upset about things when they play."
With the first tournament of the season under their belts, the No. 15/18 Tigers turn their attention to the second of four fall tournaments, Oct. 7-9, at the Lady Tar Heel Invitational.
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