The Dores Went Down to Georgia

Vanderbilt back in action at Liz Murphey Collegiate Collegiate

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Vanderbilt’s women’s golf returns to a familiar site this weekend when it takes part in the 49th annual Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic in Athens, Ga.

The Commodores competed at the Liz Murphey Fall Collegiate Classic in November where they finished fourth in a 12-team field. Virginie Ding tied for fourth overall in that event with a 1-under-par.

“Excited to head back to a place where we had some success ending the fall season,” Vanderbilt head coach Greg Allen said. “The UGA course plays completely different this time of year and the field is stronger this time so we will continue to focus on things we can control.”

Allen will bring Auston Kim (who did not play in the fall event), Celina Sattelkau, Louise Yu, Jayna Choi and Tess Davenport with him to the University of Georgia Golf Course. That quintet is scheduled to tee off at 9:15 a.m. Friday alongside Arkansas and Louisville.

Alabama, Auburn, the College of Charleston, Florida, Kentucky, LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Missouri, South Carolina, Southern California, Tennessee, Texas A&M and host Georgia are also part of the field. Teams are scheduled to play 18 holes Friday, Saturday and Sunday on the par-72, 6,302-yard course.

“It’s been nice having a couple weeks at home to practice but also for the team to rest a bit. We’ve been going fast a furious the last couple months,” Allen said. “The keys this week for us will be staying patient, especially on and around the greens, and for us to keep a positive mindset.”

The Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic is one of the oldest sporting events in all of women’s intercollegiate athletics. The tournament began humbly in 1973 as the Georgia Invitational before becoming the Women’s Southern Intercollegiate from 1977-94.

In 1995, the tourney was renamed in honor of Liz Murphey, UGA’s Hall of Fame golf coach and long-time Senior Woman Administrator.

Live scoring of this weekend’s event can be found HERE.