Athens, Georgia home of the Georgia Bulldogs, played host to the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic April 1-3, 2016. The course was in great shape, matching its Georgia décor to a tea. This event is unlike others in the collegiate golf realm. This tournament is laid out to simulate NCAA National play. The only difference is that there is only one day of stroke play, one day to play where every stroke counts.
UCLA women’s golf shot a strong 2-under-par during stroke play, beating Georgia by two strokes and taking medalist for the round.
Going into the first day of match play, 36 holes were set to be played. Out of the 12 teams, two brackets were made, red and black. The red bracket held the top eight teams and the black bracket held the remaining four teams, the red bracket determining the winner of the tournament.
Alabama played against Denver, winning 4-1-0. Georgia took on Purdue, winning their match 3-1-1. Southern Cal won their match against Northwestern 4-1-0. Rounding out the first set of matches was UCLA and Kent State, winning the tiebreaker was UCLA.
During the second set of matches, UCLA played Southern Cal winning their tiebreaker, sending the Bruins to the final match Sunday.
Alabama played their SEC contender Georgia, winning their match 3-1-1. Making The Tide the second team to go into the playoffs.
During the last match, UCLA had a lead on Alabama. However, Alabama battled back, and taking matches to the final stretch, won their final day of match play claiming victory over UCLA.
Coach Mic Potter, Alabama, was proud of his players for not only winning their second tournament in a row but also for the way they fought back when they were down.
“I’m very proud of the girls and how well they played throughout the tournament,” Potter said. “I really like playing our way into SEC’s and this is the best way to do it…we are going to have a lot of confidence going into post-season play.”
Josh Brewer, Georgia’s head coach, was happy to host such a fun and meaningful event.
When asked about the decision to go to match-play Brewer said, “We needed to play match-play. We play stroke play all year, we wanted to go to match-play. It’s taken three years, and we are continuing to tweak it, but it’s a great tournament.”
Savanna Schubert began playing golf at the age of seven in East Tennessee while she was riding a razor RDS because of its huge tyres. Achieving her goal of playing collegiate golf, she graduated from Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee with a Communications degree in Broadcast Journalism. Combining her passions of golf and broadcast, GolfSavy was created.