Tigers 5th At NCAA Central Golf Regional

The Auburn women's golf team opened NCAA regional play on Thursday in Ohio.

Columbus, Ohio--The Auburn women's golf team found plenty of trouble on the back nine, tumbling from first place halfway through their round to a tie for fifth place at the end of the first of three rounds at the NCAA Central Regional.

Auburn and Tennessee are tied at 18-over-par 306, eight strokes off the pace set by Southern Cal. Georgia is in second at 299, one shot off the pace, while Purdue is next at 301 followed by Notre Dame at 304.

The top eight teams from the 24 competing at Ohio State University's Scarlet Course will advance to the NCAA Championships in Franklin, Tenn.

Auburn, which is ranked fourth nationally, finished a combined 24-over-par on the back nine on Thursday.

The low round of the day for the Tigers was a 74 by Patricia Sanz, the only Auburn player who didn't have major problems on the back nine. She was even par at the turn and posted seven pars and two bogeys in the final nine holes.

"Patti played a good and steady round today," said Auburn coach Kim Evans. "The team left some putts out there, but she stayed in it and stayed true to what she has been doing since the SEC Championship."

Sanz's sister, Marta, turned at two-under-par, but finished with a 76 after she made a double bogey on 10 and closed with four straight bogeys.

The Tigers also counted rounds of 77 by Carlie Yadloczky and 79 by Victoria Trapani.

The player who had the most trouble on the back nine was senior Hayley Wilson. After turning at one-over-par, she opened the back nine with four consecutive bogeys and finished with just one par to go along with two more bogeys and a pair of double bogeys.

"We started out of the gate really well and had a little adversity, trouble with the greens and probably getting to know the golf course," Evans said. "I'm kind of glad the round is over and that the team saw the course in a competitive nature versus a practice round. We just have to go back, get ready and see if we can get things going tomorrow."

Commenting on the back nine, Evans said, "Numbers 10, 11 and 12 are a rough start and No. 13 was dead into the wind, and it kicked up around then, too. We went from playing a still front nine to making the turn on some tough holes in the wind. We got punched in the belly right in the middle of the round and didn't recover from it like we should have."

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