Tigers Headed to NCAA East Golf Regional

Auburn, Ala.--The SEC Champion Auburn women's golf team received a bid on Monday evening to play in the NCAA East Regional Tournament.

The event will be played May 5-7 at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla. The 13th-ranked Tigers are one of 72 teams invited to one of the three regional sites. Eight teams from each regional and two individuals will advance to the national championship.

Auburn is led by senior Cydney Clanton, a two-time All-American, who finished in a tie for third in her last event, the SEC Tournament.

Cydney Clanton lines up a putt.

The Central Regional will take place at Warren Golf Club in South Bend, Ind., while the West Regional will take place at Washington National in Auburn, Wash.

Auburn enters the East Regional as the No. 5 seed. The Tigers are one of nine teams in the field ranked in the Golfweek Magazine Top 25. Others are: No. 3 Alabama, No. 4 Purdue, No. 5 Cal, No. 10 Arizona State, No. 15 North Carolina, No. 18 Michigan State, No. 19 Vanderbilt and No. 21 Florida.

"You look down the list of the teams competing at the East Regional and you will see pretty quickly how strong the field is," said Auburn coach Kim Evans. "You have 10 conference champions including three from the SEC, Big 10 and ACC. Florida had two huge spring wins. Vanderbilt always plays tough. Purdue comes back as the defending national champion with the same lineup. The list goes on and on.

Coach Kim Evans

"I can't say enough about our team right now," Evans adds. "The last three events you could see their confidence building each week. We have played this course a lot over the years so we should feel comfortable there. It's a championship course. It takes some great play to do well and should separate the field as the tournament goes on."

Making up the rest of the field are Florida State, Colorado, TCU, Louisville, Ole Miss, Texas Tech, Stetson, FIU, Coastal Carolina, Augusta State, Yale, Kentucky, Fairleigh-Dickinson, Alabama State and NC-Wilmington.

The Tigers have competed in 17 NCAA regional tournaments with 13 of them being in the East Regional. Auburn has finished in the top eight, earning a NCAA Championship bid, in 13 of the 17 appearances.

The NCAA Championship finals will be held May 18-21 at the Traditions Club in Bryan, Tex.

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