Tigers Trailing the Field at NCAA Event

The Auburn women's golf team struggled in the opening round at the national championship event.

Athens, Ga.--Having to count two poor scores on the opening day of play at the NCAA Women's Golf Championship, Auburn is in last place at the event being contested at the University of Georgia Golf Course.

Auburn's 305 total puts the Tigers 16 shots behind co-leaders Southern Cal and San Jose State. The West Coast teams shot rounds of four-under-par 284 on Tuesday. Auburn is one shot behind South Carolina for 23rd place.

Auburn's best performance came from junior Diana Fernandez who finished with an even par 72. She finished the day with 14 pars, two birdies and two bogeys.

Carlie Yadloczky, a senior, finished at 74 and the Tigers had to count rounds of 79 from junior Marta Sanz and 80 from sophomore Victoria Trapani. Freshman Jamie Yun's round of 81 did not figure into the team scoring.

"We had a tough day today and missed some key putts," said student assistant Danielle Downey, who ran the team on Tuesday in the absence of Coach Kim Evans, who is undergoing treatment for ovarian cancer. "I thought the girls played well at times, but those three-putts will kill you and they got us today.

"We got the first round out of the way, though," said Downey, who coached the team in the regional tournament. "We know what it takes on this course, we've done it before, we just have to re-group tonight and come out here tomorrow ready to play."

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