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Tigers win SEC crown

AUBURN – Auburn’s women’s golf team made it look easy Sunday. The Tigers won the Southeastern Conference championship at the Auburn University Club, finishing 11 strokes ahead of defending champion Alabama.

Cydney Clanton finished third individually/Auburn University photo

Senior Cydney Clanton led the way, finishing at 2-under 214 for third place individually.

The Tigers won their eighth SEC championship and second in the last three years.

“I think this team wanted it so bad,” Auburn coach Kim Evans said. “All year I’ve been working together to piece together some great tournaments. Individually, they kept on achieving, but as a team they hadn’t been. They decided that they were going to put their head in it, mainly their heart, and pulled it off.”

Auburn started the day with a nine-stroke lead over Alabama, but saw the lead slide to as few as four strokes midway through the round. The Tigers bounced back to play the back nine at 4-under-par and win going away.

“I am very proud of the girls,” said Clanton, Auburn’s lone senior. “We had a meeting before the tournament and told each other that we were going to stay positive and that we needed to hold each other accountable. We stayed positive all week. We didn’t get ahead of ourselves. We just played golf.”

All five Tigers finished in the top 20 of the tournament field with four in the top 15. Junior Haley Wilson was 11th. Sisters Patricia and Marta Sanz tied for 14th. Carlie Yadloczky finished in a tie for 19th.

Marta Sanz had Auburn’s low individual round Sunday, carding a 1-under 71. The highlight of her round came on No. 15 as she carded an eagle to put her under par for the first time.

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