April 4, 2011
ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia junior Marta Silva Zamora ascended to the No. 1 position in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index on Monday after capturing medalist honors at the 39th annual Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic the previous day.
Silva Zamora carded a 5-under 67 in the final round to finish at 4-under 212 and secure a two-shot win. Silva Zamora played the final eight holes at 4-under en route to the victory.
"Marta just continues to get better and better," head coach Kelley Hester said. "She had a very strong stroke average her freshman year and then was better than that as a sophomore. This year, she's even stronger, strong enough to reach No. 1 in the national rankings. I haven't coached many players who have reached her level of consistency. It's really not fair what we expect her to do every week, but she just continues to go out there and perform. Hopefully, the No. 1 ranking will give her even more confidence going into the post-season. Who know what can happen there."
Silva Zamora, the reigning Spanish Amateur champion, now has six top-10 and seven top-20 individual finishes in the seven tournaments she has finished this season. She is a combined 13-under over 23 rounds during 2010, including 16 par-or-better loops.
The victory was the fifth of her collegiate career. She is now two wins shy of the Georgia record co-held by Vicki Goetze and Shauna Estes.
The Bulldogs, who are now No. 14 in the Golfweek team rankings, will return to action in two weeks when they travel to the SEC Championships at the Auburn University Club. Georgia owns a league-best 19 SEC titles in women's golf, 11 team and eight individual crowns.