GREENSBORO, N.C. - The No. 3 Auburn women's golf team hits the road this week as the Tigers head to Greensboro, N.C., for the Bryan National Collegiate. The Tournament is the last regular-season event for Auburn this season.
The Bryan National Collegiate is co-hosted by North Carolina-Greensboro and Wake Forest and takes place at the par-72, 6,323-yard Players Course at the Bryan Park Golf and Enrichment Center.
"They alternate each year from the Champions Course to the Players Course each year," said Auburn head coach Kim Evans. "Last time we were on the Champions Course so we will be on the hilly, not-so-windy lake side this weekend. It is a fun track and I think the girls are going to enjoy playing it. It could possibly be a nice weekend where we are playing in decent weather with light wind."
The Tigers have participated in the Bryan National Collegiate six times in the tournament's 12-year history. Auburn's best finish came in 2008, when the team finished with a 45-over 909 to take third place, just three strokes behind the top spot. Also in that year, then-freshman Cydney Clanton earned a tie for third.
This weekend, Auburn will be without its top-two players as Clanton and Candace Schepperle are participating in the LPGA's Kraft Nabisco Championship in Rancho Mirage, Calif. However, Evans is looking forward to new possibilities with a youthful squad.
"We will be taking a lot of youth, all freshmen and sophomores,"
Evans said. "I am excited to see what they can do and to give them the opportunity to play. We are going to get up there and compete as best we can."
Auburn's top-three players will be Haley Wilson, Patricia Sanz and Carlie Yadloczky, while Karlin Beck and Madison Overbey will round out the lineup.
"Madison and Karlin will be our two new players," Evans said.
"Karlin has seen action through her career, but this will be Madison's first start. They have both played as individuals, but I am excited to see how they respond."
With Clanton and Schepperle out of the mix, the Tigers will look to Sanz and Wilson to provide a boost.
"Patty and Haley were a huge one-two punch for us last year," Evans said. "They have been doing it for us this season also, so they have the experience."
This season, Wilson and Sanz have seen their share of playing time as the duo has participated in all of Auburn's events, while Yadloczky has competed in all but one event.
Yadloczky leads the group with a stroke average of 75.68. In last weekend's Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic, the freshman shot a 19-over
235 to tie for 47th.
Following are Sanz and Wilson who each average 76.21 strokes per round.
Last weekend, Sanz also tied for 47th with a 19-over weekend, while Wilson finished in a tie for 37th at 18-over par. This season, Sanz, Wilson and Yadloczky have each finished twice in the top-20 of tournaments.
With a new weekend lineup, Evans is hoping for new team chemistry to emerge.
"We are excited to have a great time and a great growing experience this weekend," Evans said. "Anytime you are happy on the golf course, great things can happen. In my opinion, we are prepared for this tournament and we are ready to make it work."
Auburn will see plenty of competition over the weekend as the team will face seven top-25 teams according to the March 31 Golf World/NGCA Division I Coaches' Poll. Teams competing in the 2010 Bryan National Collegiate include Arkansas, College of Charleston, Duke (5), Florida State, LSU (19), Louisville, Northwestern, North Carolina, North Carolina State, North Carolina-Greensboro, North Carolina-Wilmington, Ohio State (22), South Carolina, Tennessee (11), Vanderbilt (21), Virginia (17) and Wake Forest (13).
Tee times are slated to begin at 7:20 a.m. CT, off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees. Auburn's tee times run from 8:50 - 9:26 a.m. CT, off the No. 1 tee as the Tigers are paired with Wake Forest and Duke.
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