ATHENS, GA. – The No. 3 ranked University of Alabama's women's golf team returns to action on Friday at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic at the par-72, 6,335-yard University of Georgia Golf Course. The 54-hole event will be played over three rounds on Friday through Sunday, April 1-3. The Crimson Tide is scheduled for a shotgun start Friday and Saturday at 9:30 a.m. and Sunday at 9 a.m.
Alabama finished second last year at the Liz Murphey event, carding a 46-over-par 910. Duke captured the team title, while SEC foe Arkansas finished third. Sophomore Jennifer Kirby led the Tide with a 5-over-par 221 and finished tied for second individually.
The 23-field team features 12 of the top-25 teams in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. No. 3 Alabama is the top-ranked team, followed by No. 4 Purdue, No. 5 LSU, No. 7 Duke, No. 8 Virginia, No. 12 Wake Forest, No. 15 Arkansas, No. 17 North Carolina, No. 18 Georgia, No. 20 Oklahoma, No. 21 Auburn, No. 22 Michigan State, No. 23 Florida and No. 25 Notre Dame. Rounding out the field are Chattanooga, Florida, Florida State, Furman, Georgia State, Kennesaw State, Kent State, Kentucky, Notre Dame, Ohio State and South Carolina.
Alabama features four golfers ranked in the top 50 of the most recent Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. Junior Brooke Pancake leads the Tide individually at No. 6 with a 70.62 scoring average. Her best finish so far this season was a first place finish at the Tar Heel Invitational where she carded 11-under par, 205.
True Freshman Stephanie Meadow is ranked No. 10 with a 71.01 scoring average. She has brought home two first place finishes this season with wins at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic and the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate. Meadow has been named Golfweek Player of the Week and is a two-time SEC Golfer of the Week on the season.
Senior Camilla Lennarth is currently ranked No. 15 with a 71.21 scoring average. Her best finish this season is a third place showing at the Tar Heel Invitational with a 10-under par, 206. Sophomore Jennifer Kirby has a 72.02 scoring average and is ranked No. 31 nationally. Kirby's best finish is tied for sixth at the Tar Heel Invitational, carding a six-under par, 210. Senior Courtney Harter had her best finish at the SEC/PAC-10 Challenge where she placed tied for 27th.
Live scoring of the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic can be found at www.golfstat.com.