Saturday, March 27, 2004
ATHENS, Ga. – The University of Alabama women’s golf team climbed three spots to 14th after firing an impressive 302 in second round action at the 32nd annual Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic on Saturday.
The Crimson Tide made the biggest improvement on the second day, trimming 16 shots off their opening round total. Alabama heads into the final round with a 36-hole score of 620.
“We had a much better round today,” said Bama head coach Betty Palmer. “After our disappointing performance on Friday, we got together and regrouped and it made a difference today. We capitalized on some scoring opportunities. Overall, we just had a very steady, solid round of golf. Hopefully we can do the same tomorrow and continue our climb up the leader board.”
A pair of Tide linksters carded rounds of two-over-par 74 on Saturday to lead the way for Alabama. Juniors Megan George and Darby Sligh both posted solid rounds as the team’s low scorer on Saturday. George moved into a tie for 20th (149) with the performance while Sligh finished the day tied for 44th (153).
Alabama’s other three players in the line-up also carded rounds in the 70s on the second day with Amy Middleton shooting a 75 and Carina Sorensen and Mandy Tedder both recording scores of 79. Middleton is tied for 49th (154), Sorensen is tied for 91st (164) and Tedder is listed 93rd (169) heading into the final round of play.
Opening round leader Ohio State went even lower on Saturday opening up a six-shot advantage after carding a round of 283. OSU owns a two-day total of 574 with host squad Georgia sitting in second place at 580. Duke is third at 583 followed by Auburn, Oklahoma State, Michigan State, Furman, Tennessee, Florida State, Wake Forest, East Carolina, Arkansas, Mississippi State, Alabama, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Kent State and Kentucky.
Duke’s Brittany Lang and the Buckeye’s Lindsay Knowlton share the 36-hole medallist lead with scores of five-under-par 139.
Tournament action at the Liz Murphey Classic concludes with 18 holes of play on Sunday at the par 72, 6,014-yard University of Georgia Golf Course.