AUBURNTIGERS.COM - Chalk this effort as a remarkable comeback for Auburn at the 2013 NCAA women's golf tournament. The Tigers, who were in 24th and last place after Tuesday's first round on the University of Georgia course, finished the tournament in sixth place Friday, beating the six other SEC teams in the big event in the process.
The NCAAs was a microcosm of Auburn's season. The Tigers struggled early, both on the course and with illness, from family members of golfers to the coaches themselves. Kim Evans was diagnosed with ovarian cancer shortly before Auburn played in the East Regional. But Auburn came back in the regional to qualify for the NCAA's big event, and then came back over the final two rounds in Athens. It was Auburn's best finish since 2005.
"This team has been through more than any team in the nation, more than they deserved," Evans said. "A lot has been said that they played for me, that they did it under pressure, but the bottom line is that this is a great team with so much talent. They just went out and played their hearts out this week and I could not be more proud of them."
The comeback jumped the rest of the SEC. Auburn trailed Alabama by 25 shots after two rounds, for example, but came back to beat the Tide by six strokes. The Tigers also topped Arkansas, Florida, Vanderbilt, South Carolina and Mississippi State.
Southern California won the tournament. Read more about Auburn's play, as a team and individually, in this story on the Auburn athletic department's official webpage. (Via Facebook & AuburnTigers.com)