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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – There would be no slow start for Auburn women's golf at the NCAA Championship this year. The Tigers opened with a 296 (+8) on Friday, a solid opening-round score that puts them in a tie for fourth after one day. 

"A respectable start," Auburn head coach Melissa Luellen said. "We had that little monkey on our back from last year when we played so poorly on the first day. This was a small win. It wasn't the best day we wanted, but it wasn't a terrible day. We threw away a few shots out there, but they also hit a lot of great shots."

The Tigers were among the first teams to tee off Friday and played their best golf on the front nine with a combined 11 birdies. They were 2-under after nine holes. 

Six of those 11 birdies came from Kaleigh Telfer and Megan Schofill who led the way for Auburn at even par for the round. The duo had three birdies apiece on the front nine and then both closed the day with a fourth birdie on No. 18. They are tied for sixth individually. 

"I was happy for Meg and Telf," Luellen said. "Both had double bogeys, and they were able to shoot even par and fight to get that back. Hats off to them."

Anna Foster and Mychael O'Berry are in a tie for 55th on the leaderboard after both players shot 76 (+4) on Friday. Foster birdied two of her first five holes while O'Berry had three birdies in the round, including a long birdie putt on the ninth hole. 

Sophomore Elina Sinz carded a 79 (+7) in the opening round and is tied for 100th. 

No team finished under par at Grayhawk Golf Club on the first day. Stanford had the best round at 1-over (289), followed by Texas A&M (292), UCLA (295), Auburn (296), LSU (296), Florida State (296), Oregon (297), Alabama (298), USC (298) and Mississippi State (299) to round out the top 10. 

Auburn will be part of the second wave of teams to play Saturday, teeing off the second round at 1:41 p.m. CT, and will once again be paired with Arkansas and Texas A&M. Live scoring can be found on Golfstat.com

We must continue to stay patient and keep it simple," Luellen said. "This golf course fits our great ball striking and putting with our excellent speed. We have a confident mindset and are ready for a great day tomorrow."

Team Standings
1. Stanford – 289 (+1)
2. Texas A&M – 292 (+4)
3. UCLA – 295 (+7)
T4. Auburn – 296 (+8)
T4. LSU – 296 (+8)
T4. Florida State – 296 (+8)
7. Oregon – 297 (+9)
T8. Alabama – 298 (+10)
T8. USC – 298 (+10)
10. Mississippi State – 299 (+11)
11. TCU – 300 (+12)
T12. Wake Forest – 301 (+13)
T12. Michigan – 301 (+13)
T12. Purdue – 301 (+13)
T12. Baylor – 301 (+13)
16. Arizona State – 302 (+14)
17. Georgia – 303 (+15)
18. Virginia – 304 (+16)
19. Texas – 305 (+17)
20. South Carolina – 306 (+18)
T21. Oklahoma State – 307 (+19)
T21. San Jose State – 307 (+19)
T21. Arkansas – 307 (+19)
24. Vanderbilt – 308 (+20

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As of today we are in a tie with UCLA in 3rd place 2 strokes behind #1 Stanford girls are playing steady. 

On another note bammer fell apart today dead last atm

 

 

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Wow only 2 off the lead.  Great job ladies. 

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Hung in there and finished at 10 over still a little work to get to match play

 

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Auburn made six birdies on the first four holes Saturday, and it set the tone for the rest of the day. The Tigers finished at 2-over (290) on the day and climbed into a tie for third place through two rounds at the NCAA Championship. 

"They played really smart," Auburn head coach Melissa Luellen said. "The first step is getting the right information. I thought they did an exceptional job with that, and they got rewarded by having some birdie opportunities." 

Megan Schofill, Anna Foster and Mychael O'Berry all shot under par in round two. 

Schofill followed her 72 (E) from the opening round with a 2-under 70 on Saturday and is now tied for second individually at 2-under for the tournament. The sophomore started her day with a birdie on No. 10 and made three more along the way. She's now tied for fifth among all players in the field with eight total birdies. 

"I'm really proud of Megan for coming back after a rough regional and doing the work and being so mentally strong to be able to turn that around within a week's time," Luellen said. "It's just really true to her mental toughness."

Foster and O'Berry each fired a 71 (-1) in round two. Foster had four birdies on the day, including two Par 5s (7, 18) while O'Berry made three birdies. Both players moved up into the top 20 and are tied for 19th at 3-over. 

Kaleigh Telfer and Elina Sinz both shot 78 (+6) on Saturday to round out the Auburn group. Telfer is tied for 47th overall, and Sinz is in a tie for 109th.

Stanford remained in the lead at 5-over (581) while the rest of the top 10 includes Oregon (585), Auburn (586), UCLA (586), LSU (587), Texas A&M (589), Florida State (591), Arizona State (592), USC (592) and Georgia (594). 

The 24-team field will be cut to 15 following Sunday's third round, and the remaining teams will play a fourth round of stroke play to determine the top eight for match play. 

"We want to win," Luellen said. "We want to win the stroke play, and so our mindset is to just keep moving up that leaderboard because we're not at the top yet."

Auburn will tee off at 8:30 a.m. CT on Sunday and will be paired with the two leaders, Stanford and Oregon. Live scoring can be found on Golfstat.com. 

Team Standings
1. Stanford – 581 (+5)
2. Oregon – 585 (+9)
T3. Auburn – 586 (+10)
T3. UCLA – 586 (+10)
5. LSU – 587 (+11)
6. Texas A&M – 589 (+13)
7. Florida State – 591 (+15)
T8. Arizona State – 592 (+16)
T8. USC – 592 (+16)
10. Georgia – 594 (+18)
T11. Purdue – 600 (+24)
T11. Texas – 600 (+24)
13. TCU – 601 (+25)
T14. San Jose State – 603 (+27)
T14. Virginia – 603 (+27)
T16. Mississippi State – 605 (+29)
T16. Wake Forest – 605 (+29)
18. South Carolina – 606 (+30)
19. Oklahoma State – 607 (+31)
T20. Michigan – 611 (+35)
T20. Baylor – 611 (+35)
22. Arkansas – 612 (+36)
T23. Vanderbilt – 614 (+38)
T23. Alabama – 614 (+38)
 

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1 hour ago, augolf1716 said:

Hung in there and finished at 10 over still a little work to get to match play

 

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Auburn made six birdies on the first four holes Saturday, and it set the tone for the rest of the day. The Tigers finished at 2-over (290) on the day and climbed into a tie for third place through two rounds at the NCAA Championship. 

"They played really smart," Auburn head coach Melissa Luellen said. "The first step is getting the right information. I thought they did an exceptional job with that, and they got rewarded by having some birdie opportunities." 

Megan Schofill, Anna Foster and Mychael O'Berry all shot under par in round two. 

Schofill followed her 72 (E) from the opening round with a 2-under 70 on Saturday and is now tied for second individually at 2-under for the tournament. The sophomore started her day with a birdie on No. 10 and made three more along the way. She's now tied for fifth among all players in the field with eight total birdies. 

"I'm really proud of Megan for coming back after a rough regional and doing the work and being so mentally strong to be able to turn that around within a week's time," Luellen said. "It's just really true to her mental toughness."

Foster and O'Berry each fired a 71 (-1) in round two. Foster had four birdies on the day, including two Par 5s (7, 18) while O'Berry made three birdies. Both players moved up into the top 20 and are tied for 19th at 3-over. 

Kaleigh Telfer and Elina Sinz both shot 78 (+6) on Saturday to round out the Auburn group. Telfer is tied for 47th overall, and Sinz is in a tie for 109th.

Stanford remained in the lead at 5-over (581) while the rest of the top 10 includes Oregon (585), Auburn (586), UCLA (586), LSU (587), Texas A&M (589), Florida State (591), Arizona State (592), USC (592) and Georgia (594). 

The 24-team field will be cut to 15 following Sunday's third round, and the remaining teams will play a fourth round of stroke play to determine the top eight for match play. 

"We want to win," Luellen said. "We want to win the stroke play, and so our mindset is to just keep moving up that leaderboard because we're not at the top yet."

Auburn will tee off at 8:30 a.m. CT on Sunday and will be paired with the two leaders, Stanford and Oregon. Live scoring can be found on Golfstat.com. 

Team Standings
1. Stanford – 581 (+5)
2. Oregon – 585 (+9)
T3. Auburn – 586 (+10)
T3. UCLA – 586 (+10)
5. LSU – 587 (+11)
6. Texas A&M – 589 (+13)
7. Florida State – 591 (+15)
T8. Arizona State – 592 (+16)
T8. USC – 592 (+16)
10. Georgia – 594 (+18)
T11. Purdue – 600 (+24)
T11. Texas – 600 (+24)
13. TCU – 601 (+25)
T14. San Jose State – 603 (+27)
T14. Virginia – 603 (+27)
T16. Mississippi State – 605 (+29)
T16. Wake Forest – 605 (+29)
18. South Carolina – 606 (+30)
19. Oklahoma State – 607 (+31)
T20. Michigan – 611 (+35)
T20. Baylor – 611 (+35)
22. Arkansas – 612 (+36)
T23. Vanderbilt – 614 (+38)
T23. Alabama – 614 (+38)
 

Not starting strong. Already dropped 3 strokes. What do they need to get to a Monday ? Top 8.

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2 hours ago, steeleagle said:

Not starting strong. Already dropped 3 strokes. What do they need to get to a Monday ? Top 8.

It looks like they need to be in the top 15 to advance.

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4 hours ago, Grumps said:

It looks like they need to be in the top 15 to advance.

This is correct then play one more day of stoke and top 8 will advance to match play we're not in Stanford league imo but would love to get to final 4.

Today was a rough day hope we got that out of our system.

On a side note bammer is currently dead last and came in ranked #9 in the country. Something went extremely wrong for them this week. Too bad!!

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Thanks for all the updates. Not gonna pretend like I know anything about golf but it's still nice to see success from the Auburn ladies.

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Uprighted the ship and back to under par for today and LSU and FSU having a bad start which is good

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We’re tied for 6th but only 2 ahead of ga and LSU. But next to the worst score of the day so far of the top 10. 

its going to be close. 

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Too many doubles bogey's back nine is eating us up. Still 3 ahead to stay in top 8. I was hoping to finish 5th to play 4th place team.  hang in there girls.

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23 minutes ago, steeleagle said:

We’re tied for 6th but only 2 ahead of ga and LSU. But next to the worst score of the day so far of the top 10. 

its going to be close. 

Actually 4 teams have worst scores even Stanford is 12 over atm we're at 6 over for the day

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Now alone in 5th. Lookin good if we stay here for who we play. 
 

ladies are doing it. I really like our golf coach. 

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49 minutes ago, steeleagle said:

Now alone in 5th. Lookin good if we stay here for who we play. 
 

ladies are doing it. I really like our golf coach. 

Yep we got two very good golf coaches we're set for 5th place

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Just where I wanted us to be #5 girls came thru on the last few holes especially #18 6 under on the last two holes all the girls shot good rounds our worst rounds were +3 by Kal and Mychael 

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2 hours ago, augolf1716 said:

Just where I wanted us to be #5 girls came thru on the last few holes especially #18 6 under on the last two holes all the girls shot good rounds our worst rounds were +3 by Kal and Mychael 

I saw a few shots from out team but the coverage of our team was almost nonexistent. Wish they had shown more.

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – There was no big deficit for Auburn to come back from in the final round of stroke play at the NCAA Championship this year. It didn't matter. The Tigers continued their steady week, shooting 290 (+2) in the fourth round Monday, and finished fifth overall to secure a spot in match play for the third straight time. 

Auburn is one of only two teams, along with Stanford, to make match play in each of the last three NCAA Championships. 

"It's just a lot of heart," Auburn head coach Melissa Luellen said. "By having the three seniors back, there's a reason why they came back. They came back, so they could be back here and have another chance. They're kind of the heart and soul of our team.  

"The camaraderie within the team is great. They really enjoy each other and play for each other, and there's no selfishness. You can see our scores – it was a true team effort." 

All five Tigers finished in the top 60 individually in the stroke play portion. 

Elina Sinz had the low round of the day for Auburn on Monday, firing a 2-under 70 with five birdies. The sophomore posted a lower score every round at the NCAA Championship and finished tied for 57th on the individual leaderboard. 

One of Sinz's birdies came on No. 18 where the Tigers erased any doubt about whether they were going to advance with three birdies and an eagle to close out the round. Sinz started it off with a birdie, and then it was another birdie from Mychael O'Berry, an eagle from Megan Schofill, and Kaleigh Telfer brought it home with a third birdie on the hole. 


"They drove it so well to give them a chance to go for the green in two," Luellen said. "And then it was just a perfect little right-to-left helping wind, the front pin wasn't even really that scary. They just had to step up and hit a good shot, and they all did."

As a team, Auburn made 18 birdies for the round and the one eagle from Schofill. 

Schofill also went low Monday, shooting a 1-under 71. The junior finished tied for 27th overall at 7-over for the weekend and was the top individual finisher for the Tigers. 

Telfer and O'Berry, the two seniors, both carded a 75 (+3) in the fourth round. Telfer placed in a tie for 31st at 8-over while O'Berry was tied for 55th at 12-over. The duo has now made match play in all three NCAA Championships they've played in together. 

Sophomore Anna Foster wrapped up stroke play with a 74 (+2) in the final round. Foster was the only Tigers to shoot 76 or better in all four rounds and finished in a tie for 40th. 

Auburn will open match play against the fourth-seeded UCLA in the quarterfinals. The two will tee off from the 10th hole at 9:10 a.m. CT. Live scoring can be found on Golfstat.com, and live coverage on Golf Channel will begin at 11 a.m. CT. 

Team Standings
1. Stanford – 1161 (+9)
2. Oregon – 1164 (+12)
3. Texas A&M – 1166 (+17)
4. UCLA – 1169 (+17)
5. Auburn – 1175 (+23)
6. Florida State – 1179 (+27)
7. San Jose State – 1181 (+29)
8. Georgia – 1182 (+30)
9. Arizona State – 1184 (+32)
10. USC – 1185 (+33)
11. LSU – 1187 (+35)
12. Purdue – 1189 (+37)
13. Texas – 1190 (+38)
14. South Carolina – 1191 (+39)
15. Virginia – 1201 (+49)

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We're hanging in there but we have to win 3 of the four matches still in contention because we're down by 6 holes in the fifth match. Not a good day for Sinz

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Tied 2-2-1 with 3/6 holes to go......going to be tight and nerve racking. Don't know if I will be here until the end have an appt at 4

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3 holes to play for the last group which we lead atm 1up damn this is nerve racking for me. We win this match and its on to Stanford which beat uga 3-2

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16 minutes ago, augolf1716 said:

3 holes to play for the last group which we lead atm 1up damn this is nerve racking for me. We win this match and its on to Stanford which beat uga 3-2

Is this on TV?  I can’t find it on DirecTV. 

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2 minutes ago, Mike4AU said:

Is this on TV?  I can’t find it on DirecTV. 

Golf Channel

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