LEXINGTON, Ky.----The 6th-ranked Auburn womens golf team shot a final round 307 in windy conditions to come from behind and win the 2003 SEC Championship on the par-72, 6,153-yard University Clubs Big Blue championship course, Sunday.
The Tigers, who were nine shots out of the lead with four holes to play, finished the tournament with a 299-297-307'903. This is Auburns fourth SEC Championship, the third under head coach Kim Evans. Auburns last SEC Championship came in 2000.
The 6th-ranked Tigers finished with a two-shot lead over No. 11 Florida (905). No. 10 Tennessee came in third with a 911, followed by No. 16 South Carolina (914), No. 9 Vanderbilt (919), Arkansas (925), No. 15 Georgia (937), Kentucky (944), Mississippi State (960), LSU (975), OleMiss (982) and Alabama (983).
Senior Danielle Downey shot a 74-74-75'223 and finished tied for fifth, while freshman Maria Martinez, who was 2-under-par on the back nine today, finished tied for 8th with a 76-72-76'224. Senior Celeste Troche, who got up-and-down to save par out of the green side bunker on 18, finished tied for 10th with a 75-74-76'225, junior Diana Ramage had a 74-77-83'234 for a tie in 22nd and sophomore Kingsley Barrett had a 78-78-80'236, good enough for a tie in 27th.
I had a good feeling coming into this tournament, Auburn head coach Kim Evans said. Even when we were down after the first round, I still had a good feeling. We kept being persistent and hanging in there. We finished strong on the last three holes yesterday and I felt that if we made it to the last three holes today, we would be alright. We finished strong on those three holes again today.
I am so proud of this team. We have been playing the whole year for these last three tournaments. If feels great to win this SEC Championship.
Aimee Cho of Florida was the individual medalist after shooting a 1-under-par 72-73-71'216.
Auburn returns to action May 8-10 in the NCAA East Regional in Winston-Salem, N.C.