ATHENS, Ga. - The LSU women's golf team returns to action Friday at a familiar event being played in a new time spot as the Lady Tigers take part in the 41st-Annual Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic.
The tournament takes on new meaning this year as it will also serve as the NCAA Fall Preview for the 2013 Championships which will be contested over the par 72, 6335 yard layout next May.
The 18-team field features LSU, Georgia and defending champion of the Liz Murphey, Alabama. The rest of the field includes Auburn, California, Denver, Duke, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Purdue, South Carolina, Southern Cal, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Tulane, UCLA, Vanderbilt and Virginia.
Leading the LSU charge will be sophomore Madelene Sagstrom, who is coming off a strong effort last week in the Women's World Amateur Team championships playing for Sweden in Antalya, Turkey. Sagstrom shot even par for the four-day event and finished in 22nd place individually in the 157-player field.
Sagstrom will lead the Lady Tigers through the second tournament of the fall portion of the season along with junior Lindsay Gahm, freshman Nadine Dreher and senior Katrina Hegge. LSU freshman Elise Bradley of Mandeville will make her collegiate debut at this event. Bradley is a multiple Louisiana high school state champion and also has multiple Louisiana Golf Association titles to her resume'.
"We are happy to have Madelene back with us after her long journey to Turkey," said LSU Coach Karen Bahnsen. "I know it was a tremendous experience for her and she played very well in that setting. We just look to improve and continue to get better every time we go out. It's a long season and it will be interesting to see this course at this time of the year. It is wet because of the recent weather, but in good shape and the weather is supposed to be great for this weekend."
The tournament tees off Friday at 7 a.m. CDT with the Lady Tigers going off in the final wave of the morning off the No. 1 tee beginning at 8:40 a.m. The event is a three-day 54-hole event and runs through Sunday.
Live scoring for the event can be found at LSUsports.net through www.Golfstatresults.com.
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