Tigers Falter in Day Two at NCAA Regional

Browns Summit, N.C.--Auburn has to make a move on day three of NCAA East Regional Women's Golf Tournament on Saturday if the Tigers are going to qualify for the national championship tournament.

Auburn dropped six spots on Friday to 10th place in the 21-team regional with a 13-over-par round of 301 after shooting a 293 on Thursday.

The Tigers are two shots out of eighth place and eight teams from the regional qualify for the national championship event that will be held May 23-26 at Ohio State.

LSU held its lead with a second straight even par 288 to hold a two-stroke edge over Tennessee, which is at 578 after shooting two-under-par on Friday.

Jessica Lovell makes a birdie for the Tigers on Friday.

Cal is third at 583 and is followed by FSU (586), Alabama (588), Wake Forest (589), Arizona State (591), North Carolina (592), South Carolina (593) and Auburn (594). Virginia and Vanderbilt are two strokes behind the Tigers and Maryland is five behind Auburn.

Playing at The Champions Course at Bryan Park Golf Club, the Tigers got off to a slow start on Friday and never recovered.

"We have a big day ahead of us," AU coach Kim Evans said. "Obviously, we would like to be in the top eight after today's round, but we have a team of fighters that are very experienced. We will need a great round on Saturday, but we have proven this season that we are capable of big things."

Senior Maria Martinez and junior Jessica Lovell led the Tigers in round two with 74s. Martinez, at 146, is tied for 17th individually while Lovell is a stroke back.

Nicole Hage blasts out of a sand trap on Friday.

Auburn got a 75 on Friday from sophomore Margaret Shirley, who is at 147. Sophomore Abigale Schepperle opened with an even par 72, but dropped back with a 78 on Friday. Junior Nicole Hage shot 78 for a second straight day for the Tigers.

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