AU Women Improve, But Still Have Work To Do

Gainesville, Fla.--The second round was much better than the first for the fifth-ranked Auburn women's golf team at the NCAA East Regional, but the Tigers still have plenty of work to do if they hope to advance to the NCAA Championships later this month.

Firing a 14-over par round of 294 on Friday, Auburn improved 10 strokes from its first-round score on Tuesday, but still sits in a tie for 12th with a 38-over-par 398 after 36 holes and is six shots out of eighth place with one round remaining.

"We got a little better, but had a tough day putting," said Auburn head coach Kim Evans. "We matched scores with a lot of teams and were not able to pick up as many strokes as we needed. We are going to have to play in the afternoon again tomorrow and it is going to be tough."

Junior Candace Schepperle currently leads the team as her even par round of 70 on Friday has her in a tie for second with a 1-over-par 141 after two days. She is two strokes behind Alabama's Camilla Lennarth, who leads the field with a 1-under-par 139.

"Candace is really focused, really positive and playing really well right now," said Evans. "She can do some great things on the golf course and we are excited to see what she does tomorrow."

Following Schepperle is the freshman combination of Patricia Sanz and Haley Wilson. Sanz, a native of Madrid, Spain, improved three strokes from the first round with a 3-over-par 70 to finish the day in a tie for 38th with a 9-over 149. Wilson (Fort Mitchell, Ala.) also carded a 73 in the second round, a six-stroke improvement from Thursday to finish the day in a tie for 59th with a 12-pover-par 152.

This disappointment of the first two days comes from sophomore Cydney Clanton. One of Auburn's top performers this season, the Concord, N.C. native is currently struggling after back-to-back rounds of 78 have her 16-over par through two days. Sophomre Sarah Thead, a native of Poway, Calif., rounds out the Auburn lineup as she carded a 10-over 80 in the second round to finish out in a tie for 90th with a 19-over 159.

"We picked up strokes today and we just have to do it again tomorrow," said Evans. "We have to go out, be patient, makes some things happen. Candace Schepperle, Haley Wilson and Patricia Sanz played really well for us today, I was really proud of them."

Alabama moved into the lead after the second round with a 15-over-par 575, followed by Denver in second with a 583. Tennessee and Vanderbilt are tied for third with 25-over 585s while Virginia is in fifth with a 27-over-par 587.

Tulane is in sixth with a 28-over 588, followed by Duke in seventh (591) and Georgia in eighth (592). The Tigers enter the final round six strokes behind the Bulldogs for the eighth and final spot into the NCAA Championship.

Tee times for the final round begin at 6:30 a.m. CT off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees. Auburn will play with Coastal Carolina and Ole Miss with their tee times beginning at 10:50 a.m. CDT off the No. 1 tee.


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