Auburn Golfers Remain In Fifth At NCAA Regional

The fifth-ranked Auburn women's golf team is trying to earn a spot in the NCAA Championship field.

Clemmons, N.C.--Auburn held onto fifth place as the Tigers go into the third and final round of the NCAA East Regional Women's Golf Tournament on Saturday.

Auburn shot 291 on Friday, three strokes worse than its Thursday total. Auburn's 589 score is 15 strokes off the pace being set by Duke, the nation's top-ranked women's golf team.

Vanderbilt is in second place at 583. Georgia is in third with a 584 and North Carolina is one shot ahead of Auburn at 588. The Tigers must finish in the top eight to qualify for the NCAA Women's Golf Championships. They have a one shot lead on South Carolina, two shot lead on Arizona and a three stroke edge over Arizona. Wake Forest is 11 strokes behind AU in the 21-team field.

Coach Kim Evans (right) gives instructions to Celeste Troche. The Auburn senior is three strokes off the pace set by Meaghan Francella of North Carolina.

Celeste Troche is leading the Tigers at one-under-par 141 with rounds of 70 and 71, which puts her in fourth place individually.

Kingsley Barrett shot a 72 on Friday to go with a 77 on Thursday and is tied for 27th at 149. Anne Hutto shot a 73 and is also at 149.

Diana Ramage is tied for 37th with back-to-back rounds of 75 and freshman Maria Martinez has back-to-back rounds of 77 and is tied for 65th.

"We are exactly where we want to be," Coach Kim Evans said. "The top eight teams will qualify and right now we are in fifth. We have a good cushion to the cut-off line, so if we just play solid tomorrow, we will be alright."

The Tigers are playing with out senior All-American Danielle Downey, who is rehabbing a wrist injury.


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