Oct. 4, 2012
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AUBURN - The No. 8 Auburn women's golf team will travel to Athens, Ga., this weekend for the 41st Annual Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic, beginning play on Friday, Oct. 5.
Hosted by the University of Georgia, the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic is a 54-hole tournament played at the University of Georgia Golf Course. The par 72 course will play at 6,335 yards for the tournament. The tournament also serves as the Fall Preview for the NCAA Championship as Georgia will host the tournament in May.
Eighteen teams, which are made up of the top 10 teams from last year's NCAA Tournament and other at-large teams, are participating in the tournament.
Fourteen schools in the field are currently in GolfWorld/WGCA top 25 rankings. Auburn will play against No. 1 Duke, No. 4 Southern California, No. 6 Alabama, No. 7 Vanderbilt, No.9 Purdue, No. 10 UCLA, No. 11 Virginia, No. 14 Georgia, No. 18 Tennessee, No. 21 California, No. 22 North Carolina, No. 23 Texas A&M, No. 24 Oklahoma.
"This is a great golf tournament we're going to. It's a great field and it's a great golf course" said Auburn head coach Kim Evans. "We've been there a lot and we're very familiar with it."
Other teams playing in the tournament are Denver, LSU, South Carolina and Tulane.
Auburn is playing in the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic for its 27th consecutive year. Although the tournament is usually hosted in the Spring, it was moved to be played in the fall since the 2013 NCAA Championship will be hosted by Georgia.
"It's a championship course and it's going to be hilly, the greens will be very hard and fast with a lot of break and the roughs will be up coming off a nice summer," said Evans. "You will hit every club in your bag and every shot you could ever imagine."
In the lineup for the Tigers are Marta Sanz, Diana Fernandez, Victoria Trapani, Carlie Yadloczky and Nicole Quinn.
With more than four weeks passing since Auburn's last tournament play, the team has had time to prepare for the tournament.
"I think we got ready for this tournament," said Sanz, who recently represented Spain in the World Amateur Team Championship last month. "We had a while in between tournaments, so I think we're ready to play good."
Tee times will begin at 7 a.m. CT, Friday off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees at the UGA Golf Course. Auburn is paired with Oklahoma and LSU on Friday and tees off No. 1 from 8:40 - 9:20 a.m. CT. Live stats will be posted at www.golfstat.com.