Golfers Lose Ground at NCAA Championships

A report on the Auburn women's golf team is featured.

Wilmington, N.C.--Despite one-under-par rounds of 71 by senior Candace Schepperle and junior Cydney Clanton, the Auburn women's golf team fell further off the pace in the second round of the NCAA Women's Golf Championships on Wednesday.

Auburn, which shot a five-over-par total of 293 in the opening round, posted a day two total of 296. That puts the Tigers 17 shots behind the leader, Southern California, which has a total of six-under-par 570 at the halfway point of the event at the Country Club of Landfall course. Auburn trailed the Trojans by 11 shots after day one.

Day two at the competition was plagued by lightning, which caused play to be stopped twice on Wednesday afternoon before being halted until Thursday. Auburn was one of the teams that finished its rounds.

Schepperle turned at one-under-par after nine holes and stayed there on Tuesday with a round that included three birdies and one bogey to put her at one-over-par for the tournament.

Clanton posted four birdies and three bogeys and is Auburn's individual leader through 36 holes at even par.

"Candace and Cydney are stepping up in every category," said Auburn coach Kim Evans, who noted that she was not happy with how the team played as a whole. "They are leaving a lot out there too and did such a great job playing under par. They did a great job and I couldn't be prouder of them. They are stepping up as leaders and are really trying to get this team to step up and make the most out of it."

The Tigers had to count a pair of 77s on Tuesday from Haley Wilson and Patricia Sanz. Wilson's round included a triple bogey eight on the par 5 sixth hole.

Auburn did not have to count the 79 turned in by freshman Carlie Yadloczky, who struggled with three double bogeys.

"I look at (Wilson, Sanz and Yadloczky) and cannot help but think that they are struggling with this being their first national championship," Evans said. "I hope that they have got their feel of it and tomorrow we can go out and get a good day under our belts. We are just looking for a good Auburn day and trying to see if we can't climb the leaderboard."


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