No. 3 Women's Golf Set To Finish Fall Season At NCAA Fall Preview
Oct. 22, 2009
WILMINGTON, N.C. - The third-ranked Auburn women's golf team will take to the links this weekend as it concludes the fall season at the 2009 NCAA Fall Preview.
The 2009 NCAA Fall Preview is hosted by UNC Wilmington and will be played on the par-72, 6,325 yard Pete Dye Course at the Country Club of Wilmington. The location will serve as the host site of the 2010 NCAA Women's Golf Championship in May.
With the team returning to action after a two-week break, head coach Kim Evans has her expectations for the team.
"I'm looking for us to take care of the little things as much as we can and just keep it simple, taking it one step at a time," Evans said. "We just want to look at the golf course and figure out how each individual needs play it and try to execute the game plan every single day."
Leading the way for Auburn will be junior Cydney Clanton, who was named the SEC Golfer of the Week in the league's first posting of the weekly honor.
"Cydney is really playing well. There's a lot to her golf game," Evans said, "But, one of the things she's doing well is navigating the golf course and I think that has really picked up her game."
Clanton, currently ranked fourth individually, will lead a strong group of Auburn players who have proven to be effective thus far. Auburn's competing top-five will be Clanton, Candace Schepperle, Haley Wilson, Carlie Yadloczky and Patricia Sanz, respectively.
"They've been a good group throughout the fall," Evans said. "We've got a few good players back home, but this is the five that has played solid throughout the year."
The Tigers will need three days of solid play this weekend as the field is packed with many of the best teams in the nation. Within the 18-team field, all but one team is ranked in the top-30 of the most recent GolfWeek rankings and each of the top-5 will be present.
"It has the best field, the best we'll see until the National Championships, which is good," Evans said. "I like the idea that we're ending up the fall with a tournament with the best field. It will let us know what we need to work on during the winter."
Other than a top-notch field of contenders, Auburn will also have to put up with the difficulty of the Pete Dye Course. Located right off the Atlantic Ocean, the course will come with several bumps and strong wind gusts, factors that Evans is hoping the team will overcome.
The Tigers will begin the three-day competition Friday morning at 9:08 CT from the 10th hole, paired with No. 8 Pepperdine and No. 16 Oklahoma State.
Fans can follow along with the NCAA Fall Preview with live stats at www.GolfStat.com.
Other teams competing in the NCAA Fall Preview are No. 1 UCLA, No. 2 Arizona State, No. 3 Purdue, No. 5 Michigan State, No. 6 Southern California, No. 8 Pepperdine, No. 9 Alabama, No. 11 Georgia, No. 12 LSU, No. 13 Duke, No. 16 Oklahoma State, No. 18 Wake Forest, No. 20 Denver, No. 22 Virginia, No. 28 New Mexico, No. 30 North Carolina and host No. 74 UNC-Wilmington.
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