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From Auburn Media Relations
AUBURN – The Auburn women’s golf team carded an 11-over 299 Thursday in the first round of the NCAA East Regional Championship at the Auburn University Club, finishing the day in a tie for 12th in the 24-team field. Junior Diana Fernandez led the Tigers with a 1-under 71.
“We had a rough start today, but I thought the team rebounded well and did some good things out there,” said student assistant Danielle Downey, who is leading the Auburn team in the absence of head coach Kim Evans for health reasons.. “I think they were a little nervous with the high expectations of playing on their home course, but they settled in pretty well and did a good job.”
The Tigers had an up-and-down day, but it was Fernandez, a native of Asuncion, Paraguay, providing a steady pace. She carded four birdies on the day, finishing tied for 14th with a 1-under 71. Senior Carlie Yadloczky is right behind her with a 2-over 74, tied for 44th. Yadloczky, the lone senior on the team, carded an eagle on No. 16 to highlight her day.
“Diana and Carlie had good rounds today and did a good job of stepping up and leading us,” said Downey. “They played well and we are looking forward to seeing how they and the rest of the team progress through the weekend. There is still a lot of golf left to play.”
Junior Marta Sanz and freshman finished the day tied for 70th with 5-over 77s. Sophomore Victoria Trapani is tied for 104th with an 8-over 80.
Defending NCAA champion Alabama is in the lead after the first day with an 11-under 277, followed by Arkansas and Tulane with 5-under 283s. UCLA (288) is fourth with Texas (289) rounding out the top five. Oklahoma State and North Carolina are tied for sixth with 290s while Northwestern and Notre Dame are tied for eighth. The top eight teams and top two individuals not on advancing teams at the conclusion of the tournament move on to the NCAA Championship in Athens, Ga.
Individually, there is a three-way tie for the lead between Tennessee’s Erica Popson, Alabama’s Emma Tally and Arkansas’ Emma Lavy with 5-under 67s.
Action in the regional continues at 7:30 a.m. CT, Friday with second-round action off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees. Auburn will tee off No. 10 at 7:30 a.m., playing alongside Central Florida and Texas State.
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