Athens, Ga.--Auburn improved for a second consecutive day at the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship and will go into the final day of competition in a three-way tie for ninth place.
At the end of round one the Tigers were 24th in the field, which was last. At the end of play on Wednesday the Tigers were in 20th place. After shooting a round of three-under 285 on Thursday, the Tigers have a team total of 18-over-par 882 after 54 holes. That pulled them even with first-round leader San Jose State and fourth-ranked Oklahoma.
Auburn and Southern Cal shot the low score on Thursday. The Trojans are running away with the team title and are 19-under-par, 17 strokes ahead of second place Duke, which had the only other round under par on Thursday at minus one.
Junior Marta Sanz followed her impressive round two 69 with an even better performance on Thursday, shooting a 68. Her effort at the University of Georgia Golf Course featured six birdies, two bogeys and 10 pars.
“I was a lot more comfortable today and I knew we had to make a move today,” said Sanz. “I had some good looks and then on the putts just started falling. It felt really good.”
Victoria Trapani came through for the Tigers on Thursday with one of her best rounds of the year. The sophomore shot a three-under-par 69 with five birdies, two bogeys and 11 pars.
Trapani is shown in action at the University of Georgia Course.
Carlie Yadloczky contributed in a big way with a round of 70 on Friday. The senior finished the day with three birdies, one bogey and 14 pars.
Unfortunately for the Tigers, they had to count a 78 from junior Diana Fernandez, who had scores of 72 and 75 in the first two rounds. Auburn was able to throw out the 82 by freshman Jamie Yun, who struggled with no birdies and three double bogeys.
“I am so proud of these girls, you wouldn’t even believe it,” said student assistant Danielle Downey. “They played their hearts out today and really showed what they care capable of. I know Coach (Kim) Evans was cheering us on back in Auburn and it was great they could do this for her.”
Evans, who was in Athens on Wednesday, returned home on Thursday and is continuing to receive treatment for ovarian cancer.
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