April 18, 2013
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AUBURN - The Auburn women's golf team travels to Birmingham, Ala., this week looking to defend its title at the Southeastern Conference Championship at the Greystone Golf Club. The Tigers have won the past two conference championships and three of the last four.
"It's a special tournament that we have, and winning two years in a row is unbelievable," said junior Marta Sanz, whose sister Patricia took the individual title at last year's SEC Championship. "Hopefully we can win it again."
In last year's SEC Championship, Auburn captured the lead at the Blessings Golf Course in Fayetteville, Ark., holding on to its one-stroke lead in the final day of play to win its ninth overall conference title and eighth under head coach Kim Evans.
Three players from last year's SEC Championship lineup are returning to compete this year. In 2012, Victoria Trapani finished tied for eighth, Carlie Yadloczky tied for 17th and Marta Sanz tied for 39th.
"We have another freshman in the lineup again, so I want her to feel the same way I felt," said sophomore Trapani on last year's victory.
Hosted by the SEC, the 2013 SEC Championship will be played on the Founders Course of the Greystone Golf and Country Club in Hoover, Ala. The par-72, 6,104 yard course will host teams from all 14 SEC schools this week.
Six of the 14 SEC schools are included in the GolfWorld/WGCA Coaches' Poll, and four of the six are in the top 10. Auburn will compete against No. 2 Alabama, No. 5 Florida, No 6. Arkansas, No. 9 Vanderbilt, No. 17 Georgia and No. 24 Texas A&M.
Other teams in the field of play with Auburn are Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Missouri, South Carolina and Tennessee.
In the lineup for the Tigers are juniors Sanz and Diana Fernandez, freshman Jamie Yun, senior Yadloczky and sophomore Trapani.
Auburn finished its last tournament of the regular season two weeks ago at the Bryan National Collegiate, tying for ninth.
"We feel like we finished the season on a high note, and I hope we can keep that momentum going into this weekend," said head coach Kim Evans. "The SEC Tournament is a great championship, an exciting time, and we are looking forward to competing this weekend."
With the tournament being played in Alabama, the team is looking forward to support and encouragement from their family and Auburn fans. The tournament is free for the public to attend.
"I heard a lot of people are going, and just having that support out there will really help us move along," said Yadloczky.
Auburn tees off in the first round on Friday, April 19, from the No. 10 hole from 9:22 - 10:10 a.m. CT. Live stats will be posted every three holes at www.golfstat.com.