Disappointing Weekend As AU Women Finish 10th

Auburn fell four shots short of qualifying for the NCAA Championships.

Gainesville, Fla.--Needing a big finish to qualify for the NCAA Championships, the fifth-ranked Auburn women's golf team carded a 15-over-par 295 in the final round of the 2009 NCAA East Regional Championship to finish 10th overall and out of the mix for the NCAA's with a +53 finish.

Junior Candace Schepperle was the top finisher for the Tigers, posting a 5-over 75 in the final round to finish in a tie for eighth individually, but otherwise it was a tough weekend for the Tigers.

"We are obviously disappointed with how the season ended today," said Auburn head coach Kim Evans. "But, we had a great season this year and we can take a lot of positives away from it. We have a young team and we did some big things like winning three tournaments in the regular season, along with some great individual accomplishments. I am excited for what the future holds."

Individually for the Tigers, Schepperle led the way after finishing in a tie for eighth with a 6-over-par 216. Freshman Haley Wilson, a native of Ft. Mitchell, Ala., carded the low final round for the team as she posted a 2-under-par 68. She moved up 36 places in the rankings to finish the tournament in a tie for 23rd at 10-over-par 220.

"Candace has played so well for us this season and throughout this tournament, I am very proud of her for what she has done," said Evans. "Haley Wilson has definitely been the key to a lot of the good things we have done this spring and she showed why today. She is only a freshman and she had a 68 in the NCAA Regionals, she has such a bright future ahead of her."

Fellow freshman Patricia Sanz (Madrid, Spain) was next in line for Auburn, finishing the three-day tournament in a tie for 46th with a 14-over-par 224. She tied with Schepperle in the final round with a 5-over 75 on Saturday. Sophomore Cydney Clanton (Concord, N.C.) finished up a disappointing weekend by carding a final-round 77 to finish the tournament in a tie for 80th at 23-over 233. Sophomore Sara Thead (Poway, Calif.) rounded out the Auburn lineup as she finished in a tie for 90 with a 28-over-par 238, carding a 79 in the final round.

Advancing to NCAAs out of the East Regional was top-finisher Denver with a 22-over-par 862. The Pioneers carded the low final round with a 1-under-par 279 on Saturday. Southeastern Conference members Alabama (866) and Tennessee (873) finished second and third, respectively, with top overall seed Virginia in fourth with a 34-over 874.

Tulane finished fifth with a 36-over-par 876, followed by Duke and North Carolina in a tie for seventh with 41-over 881s. Georgia snagged the final spot of those advancing to NCAAs, carding a 17-over 297 in the final round to finish eighth with a 49-over 889.

Denver's Dawn Shockley earned medalist honors for the tournament. She carded the low round of the tournament as she came in with a 4-under 66 on Saturday, finishing the event with a 1-under-par 209. She was one of three Pioneers in the top 10 for the victorious Denver team, joining Katie Kempter and Stephanie Sherlock. The 10th-place finish in the NCAA Regional Championship signifies the end of the season for the Tigers. All five golfers in Auburn's lineup are expected to return for the 2009-10 season.

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