March 19, 2008
Auburn, Ala. -
The No. 8 Auburn women's golf team returns to the links this weekend at the 36th annual Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic. The three-day tournament begins on March 21 at the par 72-6,335-yard UGA Golf Course. The Tigers are the reigning champions as they took the team title last year with a score of 881.
The 18-team field features 11 of the nation's top 25 teams according to the latest Golf World/NGCA poll. Top-ranked Duke headlines the field, following by No. 7 Purdue, No. 8 Auburn and No. 10 Arkansas round out the top 10. Other ranked teams competing are No. 11 Georgia, No. 13 Wake Forest, No. 17 Tennessee, No. 18 Kent State, No. 22 Vanderbilt and No. 23 LSU.
Auburn won the Liz Murphey last year with a three round score of 293-299-298--881. Senior Margaret Shirley was the low scorer a year ago as she tied for six at 6-over. Former Tiger Nicole Hage tied for 10th at 7-over, while senior Abigale Schepperle tied for 12th at 9-over. Sophomore Candace Schepperle finished tied for 16th at 11-over and former Tiger Marisa Milligan tied for 19th at 12-over. Junior Mariana Macias, competing as an individual, placed 44th at 18-over.
This will be Auburn's 22nd trip to the Liz Murphey and fifth straight. Auburn has finished in the top five in its last seven appearances and won the event two times. The Tigers have not had an individual champion at the event.
Auburn will tee off at 9 a.m. ET Friday. Live results will be available on www.golfstat.com.