March 31, 2012
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ATHENS, Ga. - The No. 5 Auburn women's golf team carded a 3-over 291 Saturday at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic, moving up three places in the standings to eighth with a 13-over 289 heading into Sunday's final round. Sophomore Marta Sanz posted a team-low 71 to move into a tie for 14th at even-par 144.
Hosted by the University of Georgia, the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic is a 54-hole stroke play tournament being played at the University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Ga. The par 72 course is playing at 6,335 yards for the tournament. The 18-team field features five teams ranked in the top 25 in the nation.
"We played a lot better today, the scores don't show it, but we played a lot better," said Auburn head coach Kim Evans. "We left a few shots out there and when you add them up, that is a four- or five-stroke difference. We are still working, but I saw a lot of improvement today."
Marta Sanz played a steady round, carding 15 pars on the day. She had just one bogey and was 1-over with four holes left to play, but the sophomore from Madrid, Spain tallied birdies on two of her final four holes to come in at 1-under 71. She enters the final round in a six-way tie for 14th with an even-par 144.
Also making moves Saturday was junior Carlie Yadloczky with her even-par 72. She moved up 22 places in the standings to put herself in a tie for 29th at 4-over 148. One stroke ahead of Yadloczky is senior Haley Wilson, who came in with a 2-over 74 on Saturday to tie for 26th at 3-over 147.
Freshman Victoria Trapani matched her first-round 75 with another in the second and is currently in a tie for 41st with an 8-over 150. Senior Patricia Sanz rounds out the Auburn lineup in a tie for 71st. She carded a 4-over 76 on Saturday for a 12-over 156 on the tournament.
Holding the lead heading into the final round is Alabama with an 11-under 565. Host Georgia is in second with a 3-under 573 while South Carolina is in third with a 1-over 577. Purdue is in fourth with a 6-over 582 while Virginia and Florida are tied for fifth with 8-over 584s.
Individually, Alabama's Jennifer Kirby is in the lead with a 6-under 138. Laura Gonzalez (Purdue) and Marta Silva Zamora (Georgia) are tied for second with 5-under 139s. Katie Burnett (South Carolina), Brooke Pancake (Alabama) and Meredith Swanson (South Carolina) are all tied for fourth with 4-under 140s.
"We have our work cut out for us, but I saw a lot of good things today," said Evans. "We know what we have to do and we have one more shot to do it tomorrow."
The tournament will conclude with an 8 a.m. CT, Sunday shotgun start. Auburn will start on Nos. 7-9, playing alongside Michigan State and Notre Dame. Fans can follow along with live stats at www.GolfStat.com.
ATHENS, Ga. -- Second-round results from the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic hosted by Georgia at the University of Georgia Golf Course. Par: 72. Yardage: 6,335.
1 - Alabama - 278-287--565 (-11)
2 - Georgia - 284-289--573 (-3)
3 - South Carolina - 285-292--577 (+1)
4 - Purdue - 293-289--582 (+6)
T5 - Virginia - 287-297--584 (+8)
T5 - Florida - 286-298--584 (+8)
7 - Michigan State - 296-291--587 (+11)
8 - Auburn - 297-291--589 (+13)
9 - Notre Dame - 301-292--593 (+17)
10 - Arkansas - 305-291--596 (+20)
T11 - Kent State - 293-306--599 (+23)
T11 - Wake Forest - 302-297--599 (+23)
T13 - Florida State - 296-304--600 (+24)
T13 - Oklahoma - 296-304--600 (+24)
15 - Denver - 303-205--608 (+32)
16 - Missouri - 305-310-615 (+39)
17 - Augusta State - 311-308--619 (+43)
18 - Georgia (B) - 308-316--624 (+48)
T14 - Marta Sanz - 73-71--144 (E)
T26 - Haley Wilson - 73-74--147 (+3)
T29 - Carlie Yadloczky - 76-72--148 (+4)
T41 - Victoria Trapani - 75-75--150 (+6)
T71 - Patricia Sanz - 80-76--156 (+12)