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Pioneers Tie No. 1 Alabama and Beat No. 2 Southern California after Day One of Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic

April 7, 2017

ATHENS, Ga. – The University of Denver women’s golf program had a fantastic finish on Friday in the Liz Murphey College Classic to finish in a tie for second after team play on day one and picking up the second seed heading into the weekend’s match play.

Par for the 6,300-yard course is 72 at the University of Georgia Golf Course.

“Really proud of this team and their fight today,” said head coach Lindsay Kuhle. “Our goal was to make it into the top bracket as a top four seed and to get the second seed is incredible. We continue to gain confidence and momentum and it’s so much fun for us as coaches to see their hard work pay off and play to their potential.

Hats off to our four and five today with Sophie [Newlove] and Lauren [Whyte], Sophie was outstanding today with her ball striking and putting, while Lauren was 2-under through the last 10 holes on a very difficult championship course. The conditions today were tough with winds up to 25 mph to make for challenging pins.”

Sophie Newlove finished in fourth with an even-par through 18 holes, while Lauren Whyte ended in sixth with a 1-over 73 after the first day. Jessica Carty closed the opening day with a 6-over 78, Jessica Dreesbeimdieke recorded an 8-over 80 and Mariell Bruun tallied an 11-over 83 after 18 holes.


 

 

As a team, Denver closed in a tie for second with a 15-over 303 through the first day, tying No. 1 Alabama and besting No. 2 Southern California, and will face No. 18 Oklahoma State for the start of match play in the red bracket. Live scoring and tournament updates can be found HERE.

No. 8 Georgia finished on top of the leaderboard as a team with a score of 9-over 297, No. 11 South Carolina owns the 10th spot with a 25-over 313, No. 16 Arkansas ended day one at fourth after a 16-over 304, No. 22 Purdue sits in ninth with a 24-over 312, and No. 40 Auburn rounds out the top five tied with Oklahoma State and Southern California at a 22-over 310.

“I’m so proud of this team,” added Kuhle, “and I’m looking forward for great things to come heading into tomorrow and into the postseason.”

Day two will begin on Saturday at 8 a.m. ET.

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