Talented Field Chasing No. 1 Auburn

Auburn, Ala.-- This year's Auburn Tiger-Derby Invitational will feature some of the best team and individual golf talent the event has seen in its eight years of existence.

In the wake of recent terrorist attacks, the invitational will add a special title "Tribute to America."

Twelve of the nation's top 26 women's golf teams will embark on the Auburn University Club this weekend, Nov. 9-11, including the top-ranked Tigers. First round action starts Friday at the par-72, 6,229-yard course with the second and third rounds being played on Saturday and Sunday. The university was able to lure the talented-field to Auburn after the originally scheduled Golf World Invitational was cancelled when the magazine withdrew sponsorship after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. An in-state fertilizer company is sponsoring the event in Auburn.

"We were fortunate our administration said go for it," Coach Kim Evans said. "We got all 12 teams committed to coming here and we're excited to show them Auburn. This is kind of the cream of the crop for the fall season."

The Tigers, who have won three tournaments already this fall, won the NCAA Fall Preview earlier in the season in Auburn, Wash., and several of the teams that will compete this weekend were in that field. The remainder of the 12-team field includes No. 2 Tulsa, No. 4 Duke, No. 5 Texas, No. 7 Tennessee, No. 8 Georgia, No. 9 Oklahoma State, No. 11 USC, No. 12 Arizona, No. 18 Pepperdine, No. 21 UCLA and No. 26 Stanford.

"Our team is real excited and they have been working hard," Evans said. "They have a lot of pressure on them. They are currently ranked No. 1, but they know that doesn't mean anything until the end of May. It looks to be a great week."

The individuals in the field are as impressive as the teams with seven of the nation's top ten golfers scheduled to compete in the invitational. Included in that group is a pair of Auburn All-Americans Celeste Troche and Danielle Downey. Arizona's Laura Myerscough, the 2000 United States Women's Amatuer Champion, is also in the field.

This is the final tournament for the Tigers before the offseason and Evans said her team is well aware of how hard they will have to work to get ready for an NCAA Championship run in the spring.

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