Georgia Ends Dukes Perfect Season

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College CentralATHENS, Ga. -- The No. 5 Georgia women's golf team rallied from a six stroke deficit entering Sunday's final round to win the 32nd annual Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic, using a 3-under par 285 to defeat Saturday's leader No. 6 Ohio State by 11 strokes, 865 to 876, at the par 72 University of Georgia Golf Course.
 
The Lady Bulldogs one over par 865 total set a par 72 Liz Murphey Classic record. Georgia's 1999 squad still holds the low total for a par 73 layout, shooting a 4-under par 872.
 
Freshman Allison Martin led the Lady Bulldogs with a 3-under par 69 Sunday, matching her second round score, to place second overall and just three strokes off the lead with a three-round, 6-under par 210. Martin collected five birdies on Sunday including three on the back nine (holes No. 10, 11 and 14) for her 3 under total.

'The team played really well today,' said Martin. 'We were consistent and that's what we needed to do on the last day. As for me, I putted well today and didn't have many mistakes. Overall, it was a good tournament.'
 
Freshman Whitney Wade also posted a top 10 performance, placing eighth with a three-day 216. Wade carded even-par 72s each round. Lisa Tyler (72-79-72) and Kelly Froelich (76-75-72) also carded par scores on Sunday and each finished in a 20th-place tie at 223. Jackie Beers (77-72-75) ended just one stroke behind Tyler and Froelich for the tourney and finished in a 28th-place tie with a three-round 224.
 
'We just played a really solid round of golf today,' said Georgia coach Todd McCorkle. 'A 3 under round on this golf course, which is difficult, is good. Allison's 6 under for the tournament was really big. She's been struggling a little lately, so it's a confidence builder for her. We don't have a superstar on our roster, but we have six or seven very solid players. It was just a really total team effort and that's what makes me pleased.'
 
The Lady Bulldogs final-round 285 was the tournament's second best behind Ohio State's 283 on Saturday.
 
Despite a final-round 302, Ohio State still managed to finish second, one stroke ahead of No. 1 Duke (877), who played with just four players. The third-place finish marks Duke's first defeat of the season.
 
Freshman Brittany Lang led Duke with a final round 68 and captured medallist honors with a three-round, 9-under par 207.
 
'I felt confident after the win at Florida,' said Lang. 'The course set up well for me. To play against so many good individuals and come out with the victory is an honor.'
 
Oklahoma State (300-289-293) placed fourth with a three-round 882, while Auburn (293-295-296) rounded out the top five at 884.
 
Georgia's women's golf team next will compete at the Bryan National Challenge, Friday through Sunday, April 2-4, in Greensboro, N.C.