Red Hot Tigers Looking For Big Week At NCAA's

Browns Summit, N.C.--Fresh off an two consecutive tournament wins including the SEC Championship, the fourth-ranked Auburn women's golf team will compete in the NCAA East Region Thursday through Saturday at the Bryan Park Golf Club for the right to advance to the NCAA Championship.

The Tigers will be competing in the three-day event at the par 72, 6,386-yard Champions Course in Browns Summit, N.C. Auburn, which is where they won the NCAA Central Region in 2005. They will enter as the No. 2 seed behind top-seeded and No. 3-ranked Arizona State. Coach Kim Evans said her team is trying to stay low key and prepare just like they've done all season.

"We are approaching this no different than we would any other tournament," Evans said. "When we prepare, we get ready for regionals exactly how we have all season. We have won five tournaments this season and so we are going for six."

Auburn's lineup of Maria Martinez, Nicole Hage, Margaret Shirley, Abigale Schepperle and Jessica Lovell has competed in all 10 tournaments this season, combining for five victories. The five tournament wins ties the Auburn school record.

In the latest Golfweek rankings, senior Maria Martinez, who was named the SEC Golfer of the Year, is ranked second in the country with a season stroke average of 71.33.

The top eight of the 21 teams competing in the East Region will advance to the NCAA Championship held at the Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio. They will join the top eight teams from both the Central and West Regions, to be held in Bryan, Texas, and Auburn, Wash., respectively.

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