Tigers Finish 9th at NCAA Championship

Daytona Beach, Fla.--Auburn moved up three places on the final day of the NCAA Women's Golf Tournament to finish ninth.

The Tigers shot a second consecutive round of 12-over-par 300 to finish at 1,213 for the tournament, 43 strokes off the pace set by Duke.

Purdue finished second at 15 strokes off the lead at 1,185 and was followed by UCLA (1,186), Southern Cal (1,196) and Stanford (1,197).

Senior Nicole Hage closed her Auburn career with her best round of the tournament on Friday with a one-under-par 71 at the LPGA International Legends Course. She had one bogey and two birdies. Hage finished 15-over-par at 303 which is 34th in the individual competition.

Candace Schepperle shot a 73 for Auburn with a round that included six bogeys and five birdies. She finished at 298 for the tournament. Her tie for 14th place led all Auburn players.

Margaret Shirley, Abigale Schepperle and Maris Milligan each shot final round 78s. Shirley tied Hage at 303 for the tournament. Milligan tied for 65th place at 309 and Abigale Schepperle shot 317 to tie for 95th of the 126 competitors entered in the competition.

"I'm very pleased with the Top 10 finish," said Auburn coach Kim Evans, whose team got off to a slow start and found itself in 18th place going into the second of four rounds.

"I'm proud of the way the girls climbed and fought every day throughout the week," added Evans, who has coached the Tigers to six Top 10 finishes in 11 appearances in the event. "We continued to get better throughout the tournament. My hat is off to the team for battling into the Top 10 in a field as competitive as this one."

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