Oct. 4, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane golf team will join the vast majority of the premier women's golf teams in the nation and compete in the 41st Annual Liz Murphey Fall Preview at the University of Georgia Golf Course this Friday-Sunday, Oct. 5-7, in Athens, Ga.
Traditionally a spring event, the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic was moved to the fall to provide the best teams in the nation a chance to compete on the same layout that will host the 2013 NCAA Championships next May 21-24.
Tulane will join nine top-10 and four additional top-20 teams from last year's NCAA Championships, including Alabama (champion), Southern Cal (2nd), LSU (3rd), Virginia (4th), South Carolina (5th), Oklahoma (6th), UCLA (8th), Purdue (9th), North Carolina (10th), Vanderbilt (11th), Duke (15th), Texas A&M (16th) and Tennessee (19th). Rounding out the participating schools are Auburn, Cal, Denver and Georgia.
Five top-10 and 20 top-50 individual finishers from the 2012 NCAAs will also be competing in Athens.
The field will compete at the par-72, 6,335-yard University of Georgia Golf Course. Tulane will join golfers from Vanderbilt and Purdue for Friday's opening round and the groups will begin from the 10th tee box at 7:50 a.m. Tee times for Saturday and Sunday will be determined by the team standings entering those rounds.
Along with its national championship, Alabama is also the Liz Murphey defending team champion after the Crimson Tide fired a combined 10-under 854 total to set the tournament record for the lowest team total and Alabama's Jennifer Kirby claimed individual honors.
"We are very excited to play in the Fall Preview at University of Georgia this weekend," Tulane head coach Andrew Pratt said. "This will be another great field and our team needs to be ready to play three solid rounds this week. The University of Georgia Golf Course will be a good test, and we look forward to the challenge. We have put together a great week and a half of practice and I am seeing better golf each day. The squad has been working very hard and I look forward to seeing them in action again this week."