Tide's Sligh Leads Women's Golf Open at Liz Murphey Classic


Friday, April 04, 2003

Darby Sligh

ATHENS, Ga. -- Alabama sophomore golfer Darby Sligh fired a two-under-par 70 on Friday to lead the University of Alabama women?s golf team to a 10th-place standing at the 31st annual Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic being played at the University of Georgia Golf Course.

Sligh, a native of North Augusta, S.C., carded her low round of the season en route to finishing the opening round in a tie for second in the individual standings. The UA team in stroke average, Sligh kept her score at par for most of the day before finally making some key putts down the stretch.

"I am very proud of the way that Darby played today," said Bama head coach Betty Palmer. "She played with a great deal of consistency and did a tremendous job of managing her game and the course. Overall we played pretty well as a team and with a little more work around the greens we have the opportunity to put together a low round as a group. That will be our focus the next two days."

In addition to Sligh's strong play, junior Anna Strandberg overcame a sluggish start to post a first round score of 76. Freshman Carina Sorensen shot a 79 on Friday with Mandy Tedder and Jenny Bouvin carding rounds of 80 to complete the Tide's lineup.

Florida and Duke are tied atop the team competition following opening round scores of three-under-par 295. Rounding out the Top Five teams, Wake Forest, Auburn and East Carolina are all knotted in third-place after shooting even par 298 on Friday afternoon.

Competition continues at the Liz Murphey through the weekend with 18 holes of play scheduled for Saturday and Sunday on the par 72, 6,014-yard layout of the UGA course.

Tournament Results (Thru 18 holes)

10    Alabama            305
T2    Darby Sligh        70
T29   Anna Strandberg    76
T59   Carina Sorensen    79
T65   Mandy Tedder       80
T65   Jenny Bouvin       80