DURHAM, N.C. – The fourth-ranked Duke women’s golf team will conclude the regular season this weekend as the Blue Devils will compete in the 2018 Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic at the 6,300-yard, par 72 University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Ga.
The tournament will take place April 13-14 with 36 holes of stroke play on April 13 and 18 holes taking place on April 14. The schedule has been modified due to projected inclement weather heading in Saturday evening and Sunday.
Three of the top four teams in the nation will compete as No. 1 Alabama, No. 3 Arkansas and No. 4 Duke will take the course over the three days along with Baylor (36), Daytona State, Denver (45), Georgia (43), Florida (12), Kansas (89), Kennesaw State (46), Louisville (27) and Ole Miss (35).
Tee times will kick off Friday, April 13 beginning at 8:45 a.m., with a shotgun start.
Duke will sport a lineup that includes senior Leona Maguire, senior Lisa Maguire, junior Virginia Elena Carta, sophomore Ana Belac and freshman Jaravee Boonchant. Freshman Hannah O’Sullivan will compete as an individual. Rookie Miranda Wang was scheduled to compete, but did not travel due to an injury.
The field includes eight of the top 18 golfers in the nation including No. 2 Maria Fassi (Arkansas), No. 3 Lauren Stephenson (Alabama), No. 5 Jillian Hollis (Georgia), No. 6 Sierra Brooks (Florida), No. 10 Kristen Gillman (Alabama) and No. 11 Leona Maguire (Duke).
The Blue Devils last won the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic as a stroke play event in 2010, while also taking home titles in 2000 and 2001.
In the last outing, Duke carded rounds of 285, 279 and 281 to shoot a whopping 19-under-par, 845, on its way to placing second overall. Three Blue Devils placed in the top 10 with Wang (T5th), Boonchant (T7th) and Leona Maguire (T9th).
Following the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic, the Blue Devils will have a quick turnaround as Duke will head to the ACC Championship in Greensboro, N.C., April 21-23.