Women's Golf Comes Up Short In NCAA Bid
Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.--Saturday was a disappointing end to a tough two days for the Auburn women's golf team as a third round score of +27 was too much to overcome as the Tigers miss out on an opportunity to play in the NCAA Championships in two weeks at Grand National in Opelika. Despite playing well the first day the Tigers couldn't come up with the shots on Friday and Saturday and finished nine shots out of eighth-place, the cut-off for qualification. On a day when everyone struggled at some point Nicole Hage was the most consistent for the Tigers with a four-over round of 76 on the day. She finished the tournament at +13 to lead the Auburn contingent. Kingsley Barrett was next with a 79 on the day. She finished at +16 for the week. Sophomore All-SEC performer Maria Martinez had an off-week and finished up with a 79 on Saturday. Her total of +18 was well off her normal numbers this season. Jennifer Head shot an 81 on Saturday and finished at +25 while Leah Hart's 82 finished her at +23 for the week. Just like they had done the first three days the Duke Blue Devils walked away with the top spot at the regional after firing a +3 round on Saturday. In three days Duke was just five-over par as a team, easily the best of the field. In second place was UNLV, who finished at +27 for the three days. North Carolina finished in third place at +28 thanks in large part to the play of Meaghan Francella. The individual champion was seven-under par for the week after firing a 69 on Saturday. Rounding out the top eight were Florida State (+40), Wake Forest (+42), Furman (+43), Tennessee (+54) and Oklahoma State (+56). Florida tied with Oklahoma State for the final spot, but lost a playoff to end its season on Saturday. Duke will be the favorites to win the title when the top 24 teams in the country tee off beginning May 18 at the Lakes Course at Grand National.
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