Golfers Fade After Strong Start

Daytona Beach, Fla. --Approximately halfway through their opening round at the NCAA Women's Golf Championship, Auburn stood in first place.

However, the rest of the round was a major disappointment for Coach Kim Evans' Tigers, who are 14 strokes off the pace set by Southern Cal. Auburn finished its first 18 holes at 21-over-par, tying the Tigers for 18th place in the 24-team field.

Playing at the LPGA International Course, the Tigers shot a 309 total. "We opened up strong today," Evans said. "We held the lead going into our final nine holes, but were unable to capitalize on that opportunity.

"We have three more rounds to go, so there is a lot of golf left to be played," Evans added. "We start on the front nine tomorrow and hopefully we will put together a complete 18-hole game."

The Tigers are scheduled to tee off beginning at 7:50 a.m. CDT.

Marisa Milligan led the Tigers with a three-over-par 75, which puts her in 22nd place. Margaret Shirley and Nicole Hage shot 77 to tie for 52nd place. Candace Schepperle's total of 79 was the final score the Tigers counted while her sister, Abigale Schepperle, shot an 81 with three double bogeys on the scorecard.

The tournament favorite, No. 1 ranked Duke, shot a 300 and is in fifth place trailing second place North Carolina and Louisville, which are tied at 297, and Stanford (299). Selanee Henderson of Cal-Irvine is the individual leader at 69, one shot ahead of Duke's Amanda Blumenherst and Stanford's Lauren Todd.

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