Freshmen Lead Women's Golf in First Round of the Auburn Derby

GO KNIGHTS Leigh Crosby shot a one-over 37 on the back nine Saturday for UCF.
Leigh Crosby shot a one-over 37 on the back nine Saturday for UCF.

Oct. 28, 2006

Auburn, Ala. ( - A total of 17 women's golf teams finally embarked on the first round in Alabama Saturday after rain a day earlier forced the Auburn Derby to move to a 36-hole format. UCF wrapped up its round on the par-72 course at the Auburn University Club in 15th place with a 322 (+34), and was led by two of its first-year student-athletes.

Reigning Conference USA Co-Golfer of the Year Sara Hurwitch (Fr., Potomac Falls, Va.) carded a 78 (+6) to pace the Golden Knights, which included a two-over 38 on the back nine to help her tie for 39th overall (six strokes behind first-round leader Margaret Shirley of Auburn). Classmate Leigh Crosby (Athens, Ga.) also dominated the back nine by posting a one-over 37. She concluded her round with a 79 (+7) and in a tie for 44th.

UCF's other two golfers whose rounds counted towards the team score came from sophomore Mayule Tomimbang (Kissimmee, Fla./Gateway) and senior Kristy McLaughlin (Wasaga Beach, Ont.). Tomimbang had the Golden Knights' best performance on the front nine thanks a two-over 38, as she ultimately placed in a tie for 72nd with an 82 (+10). McLaughlin trails her by just a stroke after notching an 83 (+11) to tie for 76th.

North Carolina controlled the lead after the first round, and will be ahead of host Auburn by two shots entering the final round Sunday. UCF was just two strokes behind Mississippi State for 14th and seven strokes behind Birmingham Southern for 13th when Saturday came to a close.

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Saturday's First Round Results at the Auburn Derby
Team Leaderboard
1) North Carolina		301	+13
2) Auburn		303	+15
3) LSU			305	+17
4) Baylor		306	+18
5) Alabama		308	+20
T6) Ole Miss		309	+21
T6) Tennessee		309	+21
T6) Florida State		309	+21
9) Nebraska		310	+22
T10) Furman		311	+23
T10) South Carolina	311	+23
12) Florida		313	+25
13) Birmingham Southern	315	+27
14) Mississippi State	320	+32
15) UCF			322	+34
16) Kansas		327	+39
17) Texas		334	+46

UCF Results T39) Sara Hurwitch 78 +6 T44) Leigh Crosby 79 +7 T72) Mayule Tomimbang 82 +10 T76) Kristy McLaughlin 83 +11 T86) Victoria Tomko 87 +15