Golfers Continue Move Up Scoreboard at NCAA

Daytona Beach, Fla.--Auburn moved up two spots on Thursday and is in 12th place heading into the fourth and final round at the NCAA Women's Golf Championship.

Auburn shot a round three total of 300, nine shots better than day one and four shots better than day two. AU's total of 913 is 33 strokes off the pace set by top-ranked Duke, which is at 880, eight shots ahead of 12th-ranked Purdue.

The Tigers are just three shots out of breaking into the Top 10. Louisville is 10th at 910 and Wake Forest is one shot ahead of Auburn at 912.

Unlike the past two days when the Tigers stumbled in their final three holes at the LPGA International Legends Course, Coach Kim Evans watched her team finish on a positive note. AU's top four scorers combined to play the final three holes at a combined three-under-par compared to 15-over-par for the previous two rounds.

Margaret Shirley led Auburn on Thursday with an even par round of 72. Her steady round opened with 10 straight pars before suffering a bogey. She got back to even par with a birdie at 17 and goes into the final round with a 225 total, which ties her for 18th individually with teammate Candace Schepperle. Schepperle had Auburn's second best score on day three with a 74.

Nicole Hage, Abigale Schepperle and Marisa Milligan each shot a 77 on Thursday. Milligan is in 54th place with a 231 total. Hage is one shot back and Abigale Schepperle is tied for 96th at 239.

We had another strong start today," said Auburn coach Kim Evans, whose team will tee off at 11:30 a.m. CDT on Friday. "We have slowly moved up the team standings, but the groups ahead of us have really turned in solid scores. We will come in for our final round tomorrow and hopefully conclude the tournament well."


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