Oct. 5, 2006
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -
The Auburn women's golf team will compete at the Lady Tar Heel Invitational on Oct. 6-8, at the par 72, 6,285-yard UNC Finley Golf Course in Chapel Hill, N.C. The tournament is the second of the fall season for fifth-ranked Auburn.
The field at the Lady Tar Heel features eight teams that qualified for the NCAA Championships last spring including Auburn, Duke, Florida State, LSU, Oklahoma State, Tennessee, Texas A&M and Wake Forest. The College of Charleston, Kentucky, North Carolina, NC State, Ohio State, South Carolina, Texas, Tulsa, Vanderbilt and Virginia round out the 18-team field.
"This is the second straight tournament that we will face a very competitive field," Auburn head Coach Kim Evans said. "This should be another early season test for our team because there are a lot of quality opponents in this tournament."
The Tigers starting lineup will feature Jessica Lovell, followed by Margaret Shirley, Nicole Hage, Candace Schepperle and Abigale Schepperle.
The first and second rounds tee off on Friday and Saturday at 8 a.m. CT. Sunday's final round will begin with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. CT. Live scoring can be followed at www.golfstat.com and daily updates can be found at www.auburntigers.com.
Auburn at the Lady Tar Heel Invitational
This will be Auburn's ninth trip to the Lady Tar Heel Invitational. The Tigers finished second at the tournament a year ago, carding an three-round total of 882, 21 strokes behind champion Duke's 861. Five of Auburn's 12 counted rounds last year were under par, and three of them were shot by golfers still on the team this year.
In Auburn's last four trips to the Lady Tar Heel Invitational it has finished no worse than third, taking second in 2004, tying for third in 2003 and finishing alone in third in 1999. Prior to 1999, Auburn finished fifth in 1995, eighth in 1994, seventh in 1987 and 11th in 1986.
Auburn vs. the Field
The Tigers will see seven teams for the second time this season at the Lady Tar Heel Invitational. Auburn in 6-1 vs. those teams, finishing behind Duke at the NCAA Fall Preview and ahead of Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Tennessee, Virginia, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M.
Auburn opened the 2006-07 season with a fourth place finish at the NCAA Fall Preview in Daytona Beach, Fla. The Tigers shot an opening round 298 to move into second place on day one, trailing leader Georgia by nine strokes. A second round 290 from the Tigers cut Georgia's lead to just four strokes, but a final round 300 gave Auburn an 888 total and dropped them into fourth place overall. Jessica Lovell was the top finisher for the Tigers, carding a 4-over 220 (74-73-73) to finish in a tie for 14th.
Auburn junior Abigale Schepperle has a new teammate this season, her sister Candace, who is the only true freshman on the team. Candace Schepperle has filled the hole left by Maria Martinez thus far this season, rounding out the Tigers starting lineup. The two sisters finished tied for 40th in their first collegiate tournament together at the NCAA Fall Preview. Both had a low round of 73 for the tournament and each had two of her three rounds count for the team total.
Auburn in the Polls
After one tournament, Auburn is ranked 5th nationally by Golfweek, behind Georgia, Duke, UCLA and Arizona. Individually, Jessica Lovell is the highest ranked Tiger at 20th.