AU Women's golf team tied for 10th at NCAA Championship

WILMINGTON, N.C. - With the second round of play incomplete after weather delays Wednesday, the No. 4 Auburn women's golf team is tied for 10th after carding an 8-over par 296. The Tigers posted a 589 day-two total for a 13-over tournament after two rounds. Senior Candace Schepperle and junior Cydney Clanton led the team with rounds of 1-under par.

"I cannot say that I am satisfied," Auburn head coach Kim Evans stated. "I've been really pleased with the way that Candace and Cydney have shown up. I really think that they are on their way to having a successful tournament."

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.

One of the deciding factors of the second day was the weather, which delayed play for almost two hours on the day. However, due to Auburn's early start time, the Tigers were able to escape the elements.

"We got lucky with the weather," Evans said. "The wind died and we had some rain, but in all honesty, we took real control of the weather."

Auburn started the day at 7 a.m. from the first hole, playing alongside Purdue and Texas for the second-straight day. The team played both the front and back nine holes at 4-over, making for an 8-over par second round.

Leading the team were the two veterans of Schepperle and Clanton, who each managed to card 1-under par rounds. Both made the turn at 1-under par and collected a bogey and a birdie on the back nine to end the day under par.

Clanton is currently in a tie for 10th with a two-round total 143 (-1), while Schepperle is tied for 12th at even-par 144.

"Candace and Cydney are stepping up in every category," Evans said.

"They are leaving a lot out there too and did such a great job playing under par. They did a great job and I couldn't be prouder of them. They are stepping up as leaders and are really trying to get this team to step up and make the most out of it."

Following the Schepperle and Clanton was the sophomore duo of Haley Wilson and Patricia Sanz, who each carded rounds of 5-over-par 77.

Wilson is currently at 6-over-par 150 and tied for 62nd with Sanz holding a two-day total 152 (+8) and tie for 83rd.

Freshman Carlie Yadloczky posted a 7-over par 79, bringing her to a 12-over 156 over two rounds. She is tied for 105th in the 126-player field.

"I look at (Wilson, Sanz and Yadloczky) and cannot help but think that they are struggling with this being their first national championship," Evans said. "I hope that they have got their feel of it and tomorrow we can go out and get a good day under our belts. We are just looking for a good Auburn day and trying to see if we can't climb the leaderboard."

Sitting atop the team leaderboard is Southern California at 6-under par 570. Following in second is Alabama at 1-over, while Purdue (+2), UCLA (+4) and Arizona State (+5) round out the top five, respectively.

In sixth is Arizona at 6-over par with Virginia in seventh at 9-over.

Florida State and Vanderbilt are tied for eighth at 12-over, though Florida State is one of the teams yet to complete the second round. Tied for tenth with Auburn is Oklahoma State.

Individually, Arizona State's Jennifer Johnson holds the top spot at 7-under par 137, while Jennifer Song of Southern California is in second with a 6-under mark. In a tie for third at 4-under are Carolina Hedwall of Oklahoma State, Maude-Aimee LeBlanc of Purdue, Margarita Ramos of Arizona and Cyna Rodriguez of Southern California.

Second-round action is set to resume at 6:30 a.m. CT on Thursday, with the third round beginning approximately one hour after the second round is concluded. Second-round play was postponed at 6:27 p.m., Wednesday with Florida State, Texas Christian, Texas A&M, Tulane, Stanford and Kent State still on the course.

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