AU Golfers Qualify for NCAA Championship

Baton Rouge, La.--The Auburn women's golf team qualified for the NCAA Championship with a fourth place finish at the NCAA East Regional.

Senior Nicole Hage led the Tigers with a fourth place individual finish over three days of competition at the LSU University Club. The top eight teams advance to the NCAA Championship set for May 23-25 at the LPGA International course in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Auburn's 861 team total was three-under-par and 17 strokes off the pace set by Duke, a three-shot winner over UCLA. Wake Forest was third at six-under-par.

Hage posted rounds of 68, 70 and 69 to finish four strokes off the pace set by Sydnee Michaels of UCLA, who was 13-under-par.

"I am extremely proud of how our girls played this weekend," said Auburn coach Kim Evans, whose team was in 14th place after the first day of competition.

""They really battled back the last two days and we played a great two rounds of golf," Evans said. "We met our goal of advancing to the NCAA Championship and we look forward to finishing our season with a chance to bring home the national title."

For the Tigers, it was their 11th time to qualify for the nationals in the last 12 years.

Other teams advancing from the NCAA East Regional on Saturday include Purdue (862), North Carolina (862), Alabama (868) and Louisville (870).

Hage's 207 total was a career three-round collegiate low for the senior All-American. Margaret Shirley was 36th for the Tigers at (75-70-73--218), Abigale Schepperle tied for 44th (76-71-72--219), Candace Schepperle tied for 48th (73-73-72--220) and Marisa Milligan tied for 62nd (75-71-78-224).

NCAA East Regional Scoreboard

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