April 6, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. – The Auburn women’s golf team knocked off ninth-ranked Alabama, 3-2, in the final round of match play, earning a fifth-place finish overall at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic on Sunday.
The Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic was a three-day tournament that featured both stroke and match play. The tournament was played at the University of Georgia Golf Course at par 72, 6,335 yards.
"We had a great win today at the Liz Murphey. It was a very unique format of medal and match play," Auburn head coach Kim Evans said. "Victora (Trapani) had another solid day and Clara (Baena) really play well, showing a lot of poise. Alex (Harrell) came through with the final match to take the the win over Alabama."
Victoria Trapani, Clara Baena and Alex Harrell all provided wins for the Tigers to earn the win over the Crimson Tide. Trapani led the entire way in her match to finish 3-0 on the weekend, defeating Alabama’s Mia Landegren, 4-and-2. The junior birdied three holes during the first nine holes to jump out to the early lead, never relinquishing it to earn the win.
Baena won by the largest margin in Sunday’s match against Alabama, defeating Daniela Lendl, 4-and-2. The freshman led wire-to-wire and carded a pair of birdies in her final round. Baena finished 2-1 in match play, winning in her final two matches.
Harrell won by the closest margin, taking down Alabama’s Janie Jackson, 2-and-1. The sophomore picked up the lead for good after the turn, with a birdie, to earn her second win of the weekend.
Senior Diana Fernandez fell 5-and-4 to Alabama’s Hannah Collier, while Marta Sanz was downed by the Tide’s Stephanie Meadow, 3-and-1. Sanz led through the first 10 holes, but two bogeys, coupled with three birdies by Meadow allowing Alabama to earn the win.
"Marta anchored the team, even though she lost. She played a great match and her experience was needed for this kind of format," Evans said. "We have a lot to do be prepared for postseason."
The Tigers now set their sights on the SEC Tournament in Birmingham, Ala., hosted by the Greystone Golf & Country Club. The three-day event runs April 18-20.
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Auburn 3, Alabama 2
Victoria Trapani, Auburn, def. Mia Landegren, Alabama, 4-and-2
Hannah Collier, Alabama, def. Diana Fernandez, Auburn, 5-and-4
Clara Baena, Auburn, def. Daniela Lendl, Alabama, 7-and-5
Alex Harrell, Auburn, def. Janie Jackson, Alabama, 2-and-1
Stephanie Meadow, Alabama, def. Marta Sanz, Auburn, 3-and-1