Martinez, Downey and Troche Make Cut at LPGA Qualifying


Dec. 2, 2006

DAYTONA BEACH Fla. - The final-round field of 75 is set at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament, and three former Auburn women's golfers are among those who will play for 50 tour cards on Sunday at the LPGA International's Legends Course in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Maria Martinez (`06) shot her third sub-par round of the tournament, a 2-under 70, on Saturday to move into a tie for third place at 6-under par. Danielle Downey (`03) carded a 2-over 74 in her fourth round and is currently tied for 30th with 11 other golfers at 3-over. Celeste Troche (`03) also shot a 74 Saturday, placing herself among 11 other competitors in 50th place at 5-over.

"I'm very happy that these three women will get the chance to earn their way onto the LPGA Tour," Auburn head coach Kim Evans said. "Maria has played phenomenally this week, and both Danielle and Celeste can earn exemptions with a solid round on Sunday."

The fourth former Tiger in the tournament, Diana Ramage, was disqualified.

After the final round, the top-15 finishers will earn exempt status for the 2007 Tour season, while the next 35 will earn conditional status.

Updates on the former Tigers will be available at after the final round.