WILMINGTON, N.C. - After 18 holes at the 2010 NCAA Women's Golf Championship, No. 4-ranked Auburn sits in ninth place after firing a 5-over-par 293 in the first round. The Tigers are 11 shots out of the lead as Southern California holds the top spot with a 6-under 282.
"We got off to a slow start today, but we finished pretty strong," said Auburn head coach Kim Evans. "All in all, it was our first day out - we will take the round and get ready for tomorrow (Wednesday)."
The NCAA Championship is a 72-hole stroke play event hosted by the University of North Carolina-Wilmington at the Country Club of Landfall.
The par-72 course is playing at 6,368 yards for the four-day tournament.
The tournament field is made up of 24 teams and 126 players. The top eight teams from the three Regional Championships advanced to the championship round.
Auburn started on the back nine in Tuesday's first round, playing alongside Purdue and Texas. The Tigers played the back nine at 4-over-par, but played the front at just 1-over to finish the day at 5-over-par.
"The back side played a little harder today for us and we had the par-3 No. 16 that gave us a hard time," said Evans. "It was a slow start, but we saw some really good things on the front and I was proud of how they rebounded and did not let it get them down."
Junior Cydney Clanton led the Tigers in the opening round, finishing the day in a tie for 20th at even-par 72. She started off rough, dropping to 3-over-par in the first seven holes, but Clanton rebounded to card birdies on four of her next eight holes to lead the team on the day.
Senior Candace Schepperle and sophomore Haley Wilson followed in a tie for 30th at 1-over-par 73. Wilson played a steady round with a birdie and two bogeys while Schepperle had to come back after dropping to 3-over early in the round. After a bogey and a double-bogey in the first seven holes, Schepperle finished out the round with three birdies and a bogey.
"Cydney, Candace and Haley were solid today," said Evans. "Cydney and Candace both were 3-over, but they came back and really got into the flow and finished well. Haley stayed consistent all day and we needed that steady presence."
Sophomore Patricia Sanz followed in a tie for 64th with a 3-over 75 while freshman Carlie Yadloczky rounded out the Auburn lineup in a tie for 87th with a 5-over 77.
In the team race, it is Southern California at the top of the leaderboard at 6-under 282, followed by Purdue in second at 4-under 284.
Arizona State, Duke and UCLA are all tied for third at even-par while Alabama and Florida State are tied for sixth at 1-over 289.
Texas Christian is in eighth with a 4-over 292, followed by Auburn in ninth with a 5-over-par 293. Virginia rounds out the top 10 with a 6-over 294.
In the individual race, Arizona State's Jennifer Johnson, Purdue's Maude-Aimee LeBlanc and USC's Jennifer Song are tied for the lead at 5-under-par 67. UCLA's Brianna Do, Duke's Kim Donovan and USC's Cyna Rodriguez round out the top five in a tie for fourth with 4-under 68s. In all, 29 individual players finished the first round at even-par or better.
Action in the tournament begins at 7 a.m. CT, Wednesday with tee times of the Nos. 1 and 10 tees. Auburn will lead off the day at 7 a.m. off the No. 1 tee, playing again with Purdue and Texas.
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WILMINGTON, N.C. -- First-round results from the NCAA Championship hosted by the University of North Carolina-Wilmington at the Country Club of Landfall. Par: 72. Yardage: 6,368.
1 - Southern California - 282 (-6)
2 - Purdue - 284 (-4)
T3 - Arizona State - 288 (E)
T3 - UCLA - 288 (E)
T3 - Duke - 288 (E)
T6 - Alabama - 289 (+1)
T6 - Florida State - 289 (+1)
8 - Texas Christian - 292 (+4)
9 - Auburn - 293 (+5)
10 - Virginia - 294 (+6)
11 - Oklahoma State - 295 (+7)
T12 - Vanderbilt - 296 (+8)
T12 - Arizona - 296 (+8)
T14 - Pepperdine - 297 (+9)
T14 - Texas A&M - 297 (+9)
T14 - Tennessee - 297 (+9)
17 - San Jose State - 298 (+10)
18 - Texas - 299 (+11)
T19 - South Carolina - 300 (+12)
T19 - Stanford - 300 (+12)
21 - Oregon - 302 (+14)
22 - New Mexico - 303 (+15)
23 - Kent State - 307 (+19)
24 - Tulane - 311 (+23)
T20 - Cydney Clanton - 72 (E)
T30 - Candace Schepperle - 73 (+1)
T30 - Haley Wilson - 73 (+3)
T64 - Patricia Sanz - 75 (+3)
T87 - Carlie Yadloczky - 77 (+5)