Tigers Rally to Win SEC Women's Golf Title

The Auburn Tigers won the Southeastern Conference women's golf championship with a strong finish.

Blythewood, S.C.--Auburn rallied on the final day of the SEC Women's Golf Tournament and pulled away for the seventh league title in school history.

The Tigers, who led after day one but dropped three shots off the pace after day two on Saturday, shot a team total of one-over-par 285 on Sunday at the University Club at Cobblestone Park.

The sixth-ranked Tigers finished six shots ahead of second round leader Arkansas and Alabama.

Coach Kim Evans watched her team make a strong start on Sunday moving five-under-par before finishing at one over par for the final 18 holes.

"Today was a round that makes your hair gray," Evans said. "We started out so strong, they just went after it. Then we fell of a little bit, but we finished strong."

Birdies on 17 by junior Candace Schepperle and on 18 by sophomore Cydney Clanton helped put away the victory.

"Finishing strong is everything," Evans added. "In golf, if you can outright win it on the last day, that is huge. To come down the last three holes and take care of your business, I was am so proud of them."

Cydney Clanton celebrates the victory by dumping a cooler on head coach Kim Evans on Sunday.

Clanton led the charge on Sunday with a one-under-par 70. She shot a three-over-par 216 for the tournament to finish fourth individually. Schepperle, a junior, shot a 73 on Sunday and finished tied for 10th at 218.

Freshman Patricia Sanz and Haley Wilson both shot even par rounds of 71 on Sunday to round out the scoring. Sanz tied for sixth individually at 217 and Wilson shot 219 to take 12th place.

"Our freshman played so well today, shooting even-par on the biggest stage so far this season," said Evans. "They did not let anything phase them, they just showed up and went to work."

1--Auburn – 289-296-285--870 (+18)

T2--Arkansas - 295-287-296--878 (+26)

T2--Alabama – 300-291-287--878 (+26)

4--Tennessee - 295-293-293--881 (+29)

5--LSU – 301-286-299--886 (+34)

6--Georgia - 300-292-295--887 (+35)

7--Mississippi – 301-298-291--890 (+38)

8--Florida - 307-295-293--895 (+43)

9--South Carolina – 299-300-298--897 (+45)

10--Vanderbilt - 304-301-310--915 (+63)

11--Kentucky – 313-297-308--918 (+66)

12--Mississippi State - 318-307-305--930 (+78)


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