Tigers Fall To Sixth At NCAA Golf Tournament

West LaFayette, Ind.--Auburn shot its best round of the tournament, but dropped back one spot into sixth place in day three of the NCAA Women's Golf Tournament.

After opening with a 317in windy conditions and following that with a 303 on Wednesday, the Tigers shot a 12-over-par 300 at the par-72, 6,255-yard Kampen Course at Purdue University. Southern Cal, which is in first place at 901, stretched its lead on Auburn by shooting a 293 in round three. The Tigers are 19 strokes off the pace with 18 holes to play on Friday.

Senior Celeste Troche, who had an uncharacteristic 81 on Wednesday, bounced back with a bogey-free 71 on Thursday. She finished one-under-par with a birdie and 17 pars. Troche is tied for 16th individually with a 228 total.

Celeste Troche

Senior Diane Ramage shot a 74 and is making a run to be Auburn's top individual competitor at 11-over-par, which ties her for 10th place at 227.

"We just couldn't seem to get our engine started," Auburn coach Kim Evans said. "We have been unable to get four players playing well at the same time. Celeste had a great sub-par round while Diana had another good effort. We are going to come out in the final round and give it all we have."

Senior Danielle Downey shot a 77 on Thursday and dropped back to eighth place at 226, six strokes off the lead shared by Florida's Andrea Vander Lende and Southern Cal's Mikaela Parmlid.

Sophomore Kingsley Barrett's 78 round was the fourth and final score the Tigers counted in round three. She is tied for 115th place at 250. Freshman Maria Martinez shot an 81 and is in a tie for 86th place at 242.

Pepperdine fired a 295 to move into second place at 908. Oklahoma State is third at 912 and is followed by Texas (917), Florida (918), Auburn (920), Ohio State (921), UCLA (924) and Arizona (926).

Auburn will have to make a strong charge on Friday to match last year's second place finish.

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