Nov. 28, 2006
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Four former Auburn women's golfers will play for 2007 LPGA Tour cards on Nov. 29-Dec. 3 at the LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla. Danielle Downey (2000-03), Maria Martinez (2003-06), Diana Ramage (2001-05) and Celeste Troche (2000-03) are among 139 golfers looking to earn exemptions.
"I am very proud of these girls and their success since leaving The Plains," Auburn head coach Kim Evans said. "Hopefully, they can continue to play at a level that will allow them to compete with the best golfers in the world on the LPGA tour."
The field will play four rounds at the LPGA International's Champions Course before the low 70 players and ties will advance to the final round, which will move to the LPGA International's Legends Course.
Two types of exemptions are awarded after the event. The top finishers earn full exemption, which allows them to play on the LPGA tour throughout the year. A select number of finishers will earn non-exempt status, which limits the number of tournaments they can play in 2007.
Downey was a two-time All-American and four-time All-SEC selection who won three individual tournament titles while at Auburn, including the 2000 SEC Championship. She competed on the Futures Tour in 2004 and 2005 before earning non-exempt status for the 2006 LPGA Tour.
Martinez led Auburn to its second consecutive SEC championship in 2006, while winning the individual title. She was twice named an All-American and holds the Auburn record for career tournament victories with five.
Ramage was an All-American in 2005 and All-SEC in 2003 and 2005. She earned her LPGA exemption for 2006 with an 11th place finish at last year's Final Qualifying Tournament.
Troche left Auburn in 2003 having been named All-SEC and an All-American four times. She was named SEC player of the year in 2001 and holds the Auburn record for career stroke average (73.66). Troche earned non-exempt status at this event in 2003 and 2005, but earned full exemption in 2004. Her best finish was a tie for 20th at the Sybase Classic presented by Lincoln Mercury in 2005.
Daily updates on the Auburn alumni's progress can be found at www.auburntigers.com throughout the event.