ATHENS, Ga. - The third-ranked Auburn women's golf team carded an 18-over-par 306 Sunday in the final round of the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic, finishing in a tie for fourth in the 23-team tournament.
Individually, junior Cydney Clanton led the Tigers with a 10-over 226, tying for ninth overall.
Hosted by Georgia, the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic was a 54-hole tournament played at the par-72, 6,335-yard University of Georgia Golf Course. The three-day tournament featured 23 teams from around the country, 11 of which are ranked in the GolfWorld top-25.
"We just had one of those days today," said Auburn head coach Kim Evans. "Instead of climbing out of the hole, we climbed right back into it. You have to play smart and execute on a golf course like this, but as a whole we did not do that. We saw some good things out of everyone this weekend, but we did not put together three rounds like we needed to."
The tournament was the next-to-last regular-season tournament for the Tigers and the last for the team as a whole as Clanton and senior Candace Schepperle will compete this week at the LPGA's Kraft Nabisco Championship in Rancho Mirage, Calif. With only one more tournament, Auburn is down to its final adjustments before heading into the postseason.
"We are nowhere near where we want to be, so we have a lot of work to do heading into the end of the season," said Evans. "It gives you a view of where you need to be and what you need to be working on."
For the Tigers, it marked the team's seventh top-five finish in eight tournaments this season. The tournament also extended a streak for Clanton as she has finished in the top 10 of every tournament this season.
Duke led wire-to-wire in the tournament and capped it off with a 1-over 289 in the final round, finishing with a tournament-total 25-over-par 889. Alabama finished second with a 46-over 910, followed by Arkansas with a 48-over 912. Auburn and Purdue rounded out the top five with 51-over 915s.
Clanton struggled through the front nine and made the turn at 6-over, but carded three birdies and a bogey on the back to finish the day at 4-over to lock up the top-10 finish. Following Clanton was senior Candace Schepperle as she carded a team-low 74 in the final round to finish the tournament in a tie for 28th with a 15-over 231. Schepperle carded 12 pars on the day and countered her four bogeys with two birdies.
Sophomore Haley Wilson finished in a tie for 37th after posting a final-round 81. She finished the tournament with an 18-over 234. Freshman Carlie Yadloczky also finished in the 80s, carding an 82 to finish the tournament in a tie for 47th with a 19-over-par 235.
Also tying for 47th along with Yadloczky was sophomore Patricia Sanz. She carded the second-best round on the team Sunday, coming in with a 3-over 75 to finish the event with a 19-over-par 235.
Individually, Duke's Lindy Duncan took medalist honors with a 3-under-par 213. Teammate Stacey Kim finished in a tie for second along with Alabama's Jennifer Kirby with 5-over 221s. Kent State's Martina Gavier finished fourth with a 7-over 223 while Arkansas' Kelli Shean rounded out the top five with an 8-over 224.
Auburn will wrap up the regular-season April 2-4 as the Tigers travel to Brown Summitt, N.C., for the Bryan National Collegiate, hosted by Wake Forest and North Carolina-Greensboro. Live stats will be available at www.GolfStat.com.