Tigers, Sanz Win SEC Golf Championships

The Auburn women's golf team held off host Arkansas and the rest of the field to win another SEC Championship.

Fayetteville, Ark.--Going into the final round in first place, the No. 5 ranked Auburn women's golf team edged host Arkansas in a back-and-forth final round to win the SEC Women's Golf Championship at Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Ark., on Sunday.

Auburn finished the tournament with a three-round score of 916, edging Arkansas by a stroke. Alabama finished in third place with a score of 922, while Florida came in fourth at 925.

It was a second consecutive SEC title for the Tigers.

"It is just amazing, we have won a few of these, but this one is one of the most important," said Auburn head coach Kim Evans. "I could not be happier for the team, they played their hearts out and never quit. On a golf course as tough as this one, that's what it took to win.

"Everyone tells you that it is a tough golf course and you don't believe it until you get here and play it," added Evans of the Blessings Golf Course, which had 20 mph wind gusts Sunday. "With the wind today, it really made it tough. I was so proud of our players for keeping their head up and taking it one hole at a time, that was so important today."

From left to right: Victoria Trapani, Haley Wilson, Assistant Coach Margaret Shirley, Head Coach Kim Evans, Patricia Sanz, Carlie Yadloczky and Marta Sanz celebrate their championship.

The Tigers began the final round with a one-stroke lead, but fell behind Arkansas at times on Sunday. Auburn shot a combined 6-over on the front nine while Arkansas shot 7-over. The Tigers and Razorbacks both had a rough back nine, shooting 19-over and 18-over, respectively.

Both teams carded a combined score of 313 in the final round.

Senior Patricia Sanz took home the individual title, shooting three-over for the tournament with a score of 219. Sanz edged Vanderbilt's Marina Alex by a stroke for the win. It was the first tournament win for Sanz in her four-year career.

"I'm the happiest person in the world," said Sanz. "This came at best time, I'm a senior, our team won, I just couldn't have asked for anything better.

Patricia Sanz

"To accomplish it is amazing, this is one of the most important tournaments we play all year" she added. "I've been struggling some this season and the coaches believed me. I kept reminding myself to stay positive, stay in the present and remember that this is a hard course for everyone."

Sanz struggled on the last three holes of the front nine, carding a triple bogey on the par-4 sixth hole and two bogies on holes seven and eight to finish five over at the turn.

The senior rebounded on the back nine, shooting even par to card a 77 on the par-72 course in the final round.

Victoria Trapani had her best round of the SEC Championships, shooting a two-over 74 on Sunday after shooting a combined 11-over in the first two rounds.

The freshman finished 13 over for the tournament with a score of 229, good for a tie for 9th place on the individual leader board.

Carlie Yadloczky started the day tied for sixth, but shot a 10-over 82 in the final round to finish tied for 17th for the tournament with a 16-over score of 232.

The junior had a rough start to her final round, carding a quadruple bogey on the first hole and a triple bogey on the ninth to finish 8-over on the front nine.

Haley Wilson carded a nine-over 81 in the final round. The senior was one-over after the front nine, but had quadruple and triple bogies on holes 12 and 17, respectively.

Marta Sanz's eagle on the par-5 ninth hole brought her to 1-over on the front nine, but a triple bogey on the par-5 12th and a quadruple bogey on the par-3 15th left her at eight-over on the back nine. The sophomore carded a nine-over 81 for the final round and finished 26 over par for the tournament.

The Tigers, who returned home Sunday night to celebrate with Auburn fans at Toomer's Corner, will now prepare for the NCAA Regional Championship, which will be held May 10-12.

Team Results

1. Auburn (306-297-313) 916

2. Arkansas (309-295-313) 917

3. Alabama (297-312-313) 922

4. Florida (307-305-313) 925

5. Georgia (308-306-319) 933

6. South Carolina (315-308-313) 936

7. LSU (310-309-318) 937

8. Vanderbilt (318-307-315) 940

9. Kentucky (317-307-322) 946

10. Mississippi (309-315-326) 950

11. Tennessee (320-309-322) 951

12. Mississippi State (315-326-333) 974

Individual Results

1. Patricia Sanz- Auburn- (69-73-77) 219

2. Marina Alex- Vanderbilt- (70-73-77) 220

3. Emily Tubert- Arkansas- (78-70-73) 221

T8. Victoria Trapani- Auburn- (77-78-74) 229

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