Bogeyman Bites Tigers At End of First Round

Columbus, Ohio--For 16 holes of day one of the NCAA Women's Golf Championship, the fourth-ranked Auburn Tigers looked to be in excellent shape to finish among the leaders. However, Auburn's five competitors lost eight strokes to par on holes 17 and 18 and find themselves 10 strokes off the pace at The Scarlet Course at Ohio State University.

Auburn's 13-over-par 301 total puts the Tigers in a tie for ninth place with Purdue, UCLA and Pepperdine.

Southern Cal, which finished at three-over-par 291, leads the 24-team event by one stroke over Arizona State. Florida is third at 293 followed by Arizona (296).

Duke, one of the pre-tournament favorites, is tied for fifth at 297 with LSU. Arkansas is eighth at 299.

Auburn coach Kim Evans notes the final two holes really hurt. "We were in position to play a fair round today, but we just didn't close it out well," she notes.

"The last two holes hurt us. We did the right things today, but we didn't finish out. We still have three days of competition though so a lot can happen in that time."

Maria Martinez, who led Auburn with a one-over-par 73, was primed to finish under par after making a birdie at 17. However, a double bogey six on 18 changed that.

Abigale Schepperle, who was one-under-par with a birdie at 14, had a triple bogey at 15. She also had a bogey at 18. She finished with a 74.

Nicole Hage and Margaret Shirley each shot 77. Hage had a double bogey at 17 and a bogey at 18. Shirely had a bogey at 18.

Auburn didn't count the score of Jessica Lovell, who shot an 80 with bogey at 17 and another at 18.

The Tigers are scheduled to tee off at 12:10 p.m. CDT on Wednesday for round two of the four-round tournament.

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