AU Golfers No. 2 Seed At NCAA Regional

Auburn, Ala.--The Auburn women's golf team, which is ranked fourth nationally, received an invitation on Monday to compete in the NCAA East Region at the Bryan Park Golf Course in Browns Summit, N.C.

The Tigers are the second-seed in the 21-team field for three days of competition starting on May 11th. Arizona State is the top seed and Tennessee is number three.

The top eight finishers at each of three regionals advance to the NCAA Women's Golf Championship May 23-26 in Columbus, Ohio.

"We are happy to be in the east region," says Auburn coach Kim Evans, whose team is the SEC champion. "The girls are fairly familiar with the course, but really, we would be happy to earn a bid wherever we were assigned. This is the part of the season you work towards so we are getting ready for what is ahead."

Arizona State is ranked third nationally, Tennessee is ninth, Cal is 11th, Wake Forest is 13th and Vanderbilt is 14th in the latest rankings.

The Tigers are led by senior Maria Martinez, the SEC women's Golfer of the Year, who is number two in the national individual rankings behind Duke's Amanda Blumenherst.

Martinez had birdies on 17 and 18 to help the Tigers defend their SEC Championship last month in Nashville, Tenn. Martinez won the individual championship and followed that with another tournament victory in AU's last outing, a victory at Ohio State's touranament that was also won the by Tigers.

The teams competing in the east region and their seeds include: 1. Arizona State, 2. Auburn, 3. Tennessee, 4. Wake Forest, 5. California, 6. Vanderbilt, 7. Virginia, 8. South Carolina, 9. LSU, 10. Florida State, 11. Alabama, 12. North Carolina State, 13. Augusta State, 14. Maryland, 15. Furman, 16. North Carolina, 17. Mississippi State, 18. Campbell, 19. College of Charleston, 20. East Carolina, 21. Yale.

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