Auburn’s women would possibly as properly have been toeing the road for wind sprints the way in which they raced from the sixteenth gap at Greystone Golf Club in Birmingham, Alabama, on Sunday to the 18th gap. The squad of navy-and-orange-clad gamers had been break up between two key holes within the last minutes of the SEC Championship, and as quickly as Mychael O’Berry’s victory over Mississippi State’s Blair Stockett was official, it was time to fulfill up and have fun.
Auburn had received the SEC title, one thing the Tigers hadn’t finished since 2012. This is the their tenth league title within the 40-year historical past of SEC women’s golf.
Auburn arguably received the day on the greens, getting off to a little bit of a gradual begin in opposition to Mississippi State however slowly flipping every match to the purpose that the official rating was 5-0-0.
Scores: SEC Championship final
Anything can occur in match play, as the ultimate match indicated. LSU and South Carolina, ranked Nos. 6 and 1, respectively, within the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings, distanced themselves over three rounds of stroke play, however South Carolina instantly fell to Alabama, ranked No. 28 within the first spherical of match play.
Mississippi State, ranked No. 43 by Golfweek, authored a heroic win over LSU, 3-1-1, within the semifinals.
As for Auburn, ranked No. 12, the Tigers performed three rounds of stroke play in 25 below, ending 21 pictures behind stroke-play medalist LSU however taking the No. 3 seed into match play. The workforce knocked off Vanderbilt within the quarterfinals, 3-1-1, after getting lopsided wins out of Megan Schofill (5 and 4) within the lead-off spot and O’Berry (7 and 6) within the fourth spot.
In the semifinals, the Tigers took down Alabama, 3-1-1.
Kaleigh Telfer, a South African who not too long ago completed T22 on the Augusta National Women’s Amateur, put Auburn’s first level on the board within the championship match regardless of trailing Abby Daniel for a lot of the again 9. Telfer received Nos. 16 and 18 to safe the first level.
Schofill adopted, taking some extent in opposition to Ashley Gilliam, one among Mississippi State’s marquee gamers, on the 18th gap.
Amid the celebrations, head coach Melissa Luellen referenced maturity in ending a protracted week with the convention title.
“Just emotional management because they’re a very mature group, very experienced, they love match play. They eat it up,” she advised the SEC Network. “They just know when they’re down it’s OK and if they’re up, just keep pressing.”
Longtime Florida males’s golf coach Buddy Alexander has a rooting fascinating in Auburn women’s golf, contemplating his spouse Joan is the workforce’s director of operations. He texted Luellen a message for her gamers on Saturday evening: Stay constructive.
“Championship rings aren’t easy to come by, I have many,” Luellen stated in repeating Alexander’s phrases. “The formula is to be positive, breathe, and stay in the moment.”
Auburn did it till the tip.