"They are ready to get to the postseason and they know they can play well," says head coach Kim Evans. "There are a lot of great schools and they have to play their best to win, but they are up for the challenge."
Maria Martinez, who recently played in the Kraft Nabisco Open, one of the LPGA majors, is playing her best golf as a senior.
The last Tiger golfer to win the individual championship was Danielle Downey in 2000 and senior Maria Martinez will have the opportunity to become the fifth Auburn individual champion. She enters the tournament as the fourth-ranked golfer in the country with a 71.75 average.
Auburn has won two of its last three tournaments after finishing runnerup at the Liz Murphey Classic in its last outing, falling by two strokes to host Georgia.
Evans says her team is excited about defending its title. "Working off last year was a pretty big high. We returned everyone but Diana (Ramage) so I think they had a lot of confidence coming in and Maria steped right into that leadership role. Jessica (Lovell), Nicole (Hage), Abigale (Schepperle) and Margaret (Shirley) piggybacked that and made real strong statements early."
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