Clanton Paces AU at NCAA Golf Tourney

The Tigers wrapped up play at the women's national golf championships tournament.

Albuquerque, N.M.--Auburn finished in a three-way tie for 12th place at the NCAA Women's Golf Championship.

The Tigers fired a 14-over-par round of 302 on Friday, their second best of the four day event at the University of New Mexico Championship Course.

Southern Cal, which came into the tournament ranked No. 2, won the title with a 16-over-par total of 1,168 UCLA was second, six strokes behind its cross-town rival.

Auburn's 1,215 total is 63-over-par and put the Tigers in a tie with Alabama and Virginia in the 24-team field.

Cydney Clanton led the Tigers on Friday with a one-under-par 71. Her round included three birdies and two bogeys. the SEC Freshman of the Year finished the tournament at nine-over-par, which was 23rd in the individual competition.

Auburn's second best round on Friday was a 76 by senior Margaret Shirley. She finished the tournament at 18-over-par.

Junior Mariana Macias finished with a round of 77 and ended play at plus 27.

Candace Schepperle, a sophomore, shot a 78 on Friday to finish at 26-over-par.

The Tigers did not have to count the 80 turned in by freshman Sarah Thead, who ended the tournament at 20-over-par.

"It was a tough week for us," Auburn coach Kim Evans said. "We started out very strong the first day, but dropped off on the second day. We fought our way back up to the top 15 the last two days.

"Cydney had a good final round today and Margaret finished her collegiate career strong this evening," Evans added.

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