Fourth-ranked Southern Cal, one of two teams that finished under par on the Pete Dye designed Country Club of Landfall course, leads the pack at 282. Eighth-ranked Purdue is second at 284 and three teams are tied for third at 288–No. 1 ranked UCLA, No. 2 Duke and No. 5 Arizona State.
Junior Cydney Clanton led the Tigers with an even-par 72. She won the NCAA preview tournament on the same course in October with three consecutive rounds of 70. Clanton's round included four birdies, two bogeys and one double bogey.
The best four scores are counted for the team total. Senior Candace Schepperle and sophomore Haley Wilson shot 73s and Patricia Sanz's finished with a 75. The Tigers did not have to count a 77 from freshman Carlie Yadloczky who was Auburn's top performer in the NCAA regional.
"Cydney, Candace and Haley were solid today," Auburn coach Kim Evans said. "Cydney and Candace both were three-over, but they came back and really got into the flow and finished well. Haley stayed consistent all day and we needed that steady presence."