April 3, 2014
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The No. 20 Michigan State women's golf team will compete in the 42nd annual Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic this weekend (Friday-Sunday, April 4-6) at the University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Ga. The Spartans are returning to the site of the 2013 NCAA Championships, where they placed a school-record ninth.
Live scoring of the entire tournament will be available at BirdieFire.com.
The tournament will feature a unique scoring format. Friday's first round will be a traditional stroke play loop; those results will be utilized to comprise a pair of match play brackets for the weekend. The top-eight teams will be seeded in the "Red" bracket, and the remaining schools will move to the "Black" bracket. Saturday will feature two rounds of match play, while Sunday will feature 18 holes of match play.
The 16-team field features six programs listed in the Golfstat Top 25, including defending national champion and top-ranked USC, No. 4 Arkansas, No. 10 Alabama, No. 20 MSU, No. 22 Iowa State and No. 23 Northwestern. Auburn, Daytona State, Denver, Indiana, Georgetown, Mississippi State, North Carolina State, Texas A&M and Troy are also in the field.
The Spartans are coming off a 10th-place finish at the Bryan National Collegiate last weekend in Greensboro, N.C. The difficult 18-team field had 13 teams ranked in the Golfstat Top 50, including eight in the Top 25.
Senior Allyssa Ferrell led the Spartans at the Bryan National by tying for ninth, marking her third top-10 finish of the season and eighth of her career.
MSU will tee off Friday at 9:20 a.m. on hole No. 1, along with Georgetown and Mississippi State.