Tigers Move Up at NCAA Golf Tournament

The Tigers improved at the NCAA Championships on day two, but are still well off the pace.

Daytona Beach, Fla.--For a second straight day Auburn's failure to finish up strongly was costly even though the Tigers moved up to four spots at the NCAA Women's Golf Championships on Wednesday.

The Tigers played their last three holes in round one and round two at a combined 15-over-par at the LPGA International Course. At the halfway point of the event the Tigers are 14th place in the 24-team field at 37-over-par.

On Wednesday the Tigers shot a 304, which is 16-over-par. That puts Auburn (613) at 26 shots behind Duke, which took over the lead with an 11-over-par total of 587.

Purdue is second at 597 and is followed by Stanford (599), Southern California (601), Georgia (602), Louisville (603) and then Pepperdine and Vandy are tied at 605.

"I saw some good things out there today," Auburn coach Kim Evans said. "I saw improvements on the front nine from yesterday. We still have two more rounds to go and we will look to continue moving up the leaderboard."

Freshman Candace Schepperle improved seven strokes from day one to day two as she shot an even par round of 72. That puts her in a tie for 31st place at 151.

Margaret Shirley, who improved one stroke, shot a 76 and is tied for 48th place. Senior Nicole Hage, who also improved one stroke, shot a 77 and is in 63rd.

Freshman Marisa Millgan shot a 79 on Wednesday and is tied for 55th. She opened with a 75 on Tuesday. Junior Abigale Schepperle shot 80 and is tied for 107th after shooting an 82 opening round.

Purdue's Christel Boeljon leads for the individual title. She is three-under-par after shooting rounds of 72 and 69.

The Tigers have an early tee time on Thursday at 8 a.m. CDT.


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