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Auburn fights back in NCAA regional

AUBURN – The Auburn women’s golf team shot its lowest round of the year, a 4-under 284, and moved into seventh place after the second round of the NCAA East Regional on Friday at the Auburn University Golf Club. The round was one of just four on the day to come in under par.

Maria Sanz shot a 68 to lead Auburn's surge/Todd Van Emst photos

The top eight finishers in the tournament, which concludes with today’s final round, advance to the NCAA Championship.

The Tigers are without head coach Kim Evans, who is battling ovarian cancer.

"Yesterday I felt they put too much pressure on themselves,” student-assistant coach Danielle Downey said. “They were trying to be a little too perfect. I told them after the round 'The best scores were in the morning and we have the morning tomorrow. Play like athletes and be yourself.' They had a perfect game plan. They showed up today as different golfers. They went out and they weren't scared. They were aggressive.

“This is how they should've played all year. I am happy that Coach (Kim Evans) can see a good score on the scoreboard, even though she isn't out here. I am really proud of anyone. We put ourselves in a good position for tomorrow."

Junior Marta Sanz led the Tigers with a 4-under 68, her fifth round in the 60s this season. Sanz began the round with a birdie on No. 11 before a birdie on No. 16 to make the turn at 2-under. On the front-9, the Madrid, Spain native birdied No. 4 before closing out the round with a birdie on No. 9. Sanz is currently tied for 22nd at 1-over 145.

"It is unbelievable how everyone played today,” Sanz said. “I am so proud of Jamie Yun shooting a 1-over. Carlie Yadloczky and Victoria Trapani hung in there. As a team I am proud of how we played. We are going to be ready in the morning wave and have a chance to go to Nationals."

Junior Diana Fernandez is tied for ninth at 2-under after shooting a 1-under 71. Fernandez birdied her first hole of the day before moving to 2-under following a birdie on No. 13. After suffering bogeys on No. 17 and No.5, Fernandez birdied Nos. 6 and 8 before finishing the round with a bogey on No. 9.

Senior Carlie Yadloczy is tied for 31st at 2-over after carding an even-par 72. Yadlockzy bogeyed No. 11 to make the turn at 1-over, but birdied the par-3 No. 2 to move to even. After a bogey on No. 3, Yadloczky birdied No. 7.

Freshman Jamie Yun fired her lowest round of the season, shooting a 1-over 73 to finish the day tied for 56th with a 150. After carding a birdie on No. 12, Yun bogeyed No. 13 to close the back-9 at even-par. After making the turn, Yun bogeyed No. 2 to finish at 1-over. Sophomore Victoria Trapani shot a 7-over 79 to finish the day 107th with a 159.

No. 2 Alabama had an 11-under 277 on Friday and leads second-place Tulane by 14 shots. Arkansas and Oklahoma State are tied for third at 1-over. Texas is fifth at 4-over, followed by North Carolina at 6-over, Auburn at 7-over and UCLA and Tennessee at 10-over.

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