AUBURN, AL - The No. 20/21 Auburn women's golf team will wrap up the 2010-11 regular season this weekend as the Tigers travel to Athens, Ga., to play in the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic.
The 39th annual Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic is a 54-hole stroke play tournament being played at the University of Georgia Golf Course. The par 72 course will play at 6,335 yards for the tournament.
The tournament will use a slightly different format this year to encourage team play. Instead of the normal seeded pairings, all five players from each team will play together. Also, instead of taking the top four rounds among the five players on the squad as the team score, it will be the top four scores per hole that will go toward the team score.
"The tournament is very unique this year with us all playing together as a team," said Auburn head coach Kim Evans. "I like the format and the opportunity for us to get out and play together and compete as a team. There is a lot of excitement around the tournament this year and I think it will be a lot of fun."
The 23-team field features 19 teams ranked in the top 40 in the country and eight ranked in the top 15. Making out the field are No. 2/3 Alabama, No. 11/15 Arkansas, No. 20/21 Auburn, No. 5/7 Duke, No. T24/23 Florida, No. 30 Florida State, Furman, host No. 14/18 Georgia, Georgia State, Kennesaw State, No. RV/33 Kent State, Kentucky, No. 6/5 LSU, No. 18 Michigan State, No. 22/17 North Carolina, No. RV/25 Notre Dame, No. RV/31 Ohio State, No. 23 Oklahoma, No. 4/4 Purdue, No. 36 South Carolina, No. RV/28 Tennessee-Chattanooga, No. 8/8 Virginia and No. 16/12 Wake Forest.
Filling out the tournament lineup for the Tigers will be Patricia Sanz, Haley Wilson, Marta Sanz, Carlie Yadloczky and Karlin Beck. Freshman Diana Fernandez will compete as an individual in the tournament.
"Obviously, we are playing without Cydney Clanton this weekend with her playing out in California at the Kraft Nabisco, so we had to make some adjustments to our lineup," said Evans. "This is a good opportunity for some other players to step up and make a big impact on the team, and also a good chance to give some of our younger players some experience."
Patricia Sanz has the top average among the Tigers in the lineup with a 74.81. She also has a pair of top-20 finishes on the season. Wilson is right behind her at 75.24 while Marta Sanz, Patricia's younger sister and a freshman on the Auburn squad, comes in at 75.56.
Action in the tournament begins at 8:30 a.m. CT, Friday with a shotgun start. Fans can follow along with live stats at www.GolfStat.com.