Oct. 4, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The second-ranked Purdue women's golf team is headed to Athens, Ga., for the Liz Murphey Fall Preview hosted by the University of Georgia on Oct. 5 to 7. The 54-hole tournament will be held at the University of Georgia Golf Course which is set up as a 6,335-yard, par-72 venue for the event.
Eighteen teams including the Boilermakers will take part in the Fall Preview, which is the 41st edition of the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic that is normally held each spring. The Boilermakers will face off against many of the top teams in the country with No. 9 Southern California, No. 13 Virginia, No. 24 Oklahoma, No. 28 Alabama, No. 32 North Carolina, LSU, South Carolina and UCLA all slated to compete. Each of these teams finished in the top 10 of the 2012 NCAA Championships, with Alabama taking home the national championship.
Rounding out the field is No. 5 Duke, No. 11 Vanderbilt, No. 15 Auburn, No. 21 Georgia, No. 23 Texas A&M, No. 25 California, No. 30 Tennessee, No. 42 Tulane and No. 49 Denver.
The Boilermakers have competed at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic five times within the past six years, with their best finishes coming in 2008 (second) and 2011 (tied for second).
In the 2011 Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic, senior Laura Gonzalez-Escallon had a career-best second-place finish for the Boilermakers. Currently, Gonzalez-Escalon is ranked No. 50 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings and will be a leader on the five-person team this weekend. Also competing for the Boilermakers, is senior Paula Reto who appeared in the Golfweek poll at No. 33 to start the season. Freshman Margaux Vanmol was ranked No. 32 and will be included in the team line-up. Redshirt senior Kishi Sinha and sophomore Aurora Kan will complete the team.
Purdue is coming off a team victory at the Mary Fossum Invitational on Sept. 15 to 16. This is the first season since 2006-07 that the Boilermakers have opened the year with a win.
This Liz Murphey Fall Preview gives the Boilermakers an opportunity to compete on the course that will play host to the 2013 NCAA Championships on May 21 to 24.
One round will be played per day with the four low scores at each hole counting toward the team's total. Purdue will be paired with Tulane and Vanderbilt in the opening round, and play will begin in waves with the first tee times starting at 8 a.m. ET on Friday. Tee times and live scoring will be available at golfstat.com and daily recaps will be posted to purduesports.com.