Trio of Tigers Honored By SEC

Auburn, Ala.--Despite a disappointing performance at the SEC Women's Golf Championship, three Tigers have been selected for conference honors.

Nicole Hage, who has earned all-conference honors for four consecutive seasons, is a first team All-SEC selection while teammates Candace Schepperle and Margaret Shirley are All-SEC second team selections.

Schepperle also has been named SEC Freshman of the Year. She played in revery regular season tournament and averaged 74.69 strokes per round, the 13th best average among SEC golfers. She finished in the Top 20 in seven events as she became the fifth Auburn golfer to win the SEC Freshman of the Year honor in the past eight seasons.

Schepperle joins Celeste Troche (2000), Diana Ramage (2001), Kingsley Barrett (2002) and Hage (2004) as winners of the SEC Freshman of the Year honor.

"Candace came in as a freshman and made an impact this year and she is very deserving of this honor," says Auburn coach Kim Evans, whose team will return to action May 10th at an NCAA regional tournament at a site that is yet to be announced.

Candace Schepperle came to Auburn as a American Junior Golf Association All-American.

Schepperle, who is from Hoover, has a sister, junior Abigale Schepperle, who is also a member of the Auburn golf team.

Hage averaged a team-best 74.23 strokes per round and her top finishes this season have been second places at the Derby Invitational and the LSU/Cleveland Golf Classic. "I am happy that Nicole was able to finish out her career being named first-team All-SEC," Evans says. "She has played consistent this year and has been a leader for her teammates. Margaret and Candace have also done a terrific job and we are happy that they have been recognized for their achievements."

The Tigers were the 2005 and 2006 SEC champions, but struggled at this year's event held last week at the Old Waverly Course in Mississippi.

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