Emilie Burger was named All-America last year by the NGCA and Golfweek.
Aug. 14, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. --- The 18-team field for the 2012 Liz Murphey Fall Preview has been finalized, first-year Georgia women's golf head coach Josh Brewer announced Tuesday. The tournament will be held Oct. 5-7 and will host an exclusive lineup of the nation's top teams competing on the same University of Georgia Golf Course that will serve as site for the 2013 NCAA Championships next May 21-24.
"The best teams in the country will be here, including the West Coast teams who traditionally don't come this far East just because of the travel," Brewer said. "They'll want to see the golf course and get acclimated to it."
Nine of the top-10 finishing teams from the 2012 NCAA Championships will compete in the Preview. Alabama and Oklahoma's Chirapat Jao-Javanil, the defending team and individual NCAA champions, respectively, headline the field.
Other top-10 NCAA teams include LSU, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Purdue, South Carolina, Southern Cal, UCLA and Virginia. Additional top-20 finishers Duke, Tennessee, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt also will compete. Rounding out the participating schools are Auburn, Cal, Denver, Georgia and Tulane.
"The Preview will be a great early test for us and give us an idea of where we stand nationally," Brewer said. "It will also be a good trial run for us for the national championships. Our players are going to stay in a hotel just like they would for the national championships and it should help us get ready to play our golf course under tournament conditions."
Senior Emilie Burger, a second-team All-America pick of both the National Golf Coaches Association and Golfweek last season, anchors the Georgia roster. Sophomore Rocio Sanchez Lobato, who qualified for the NCAAs as an individual and posted top-10 finishes at the SEC Championships and NCAA Central Regional, also returns.
Additional letterwinners Collins Bradshaw, Amelia Hill and Abby Johnson will be joined by six newcomers, Amira Alexander, Sylvie Brick, Manuela Carbajo Re, Alex Celli, Isabel Silva Zamora and Kailey Walsh.
The tournament will represent the 41st edition of the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic, which is traditionally played during the spring. One of the oldest intercollegiate women's events in any sport, the tournament is named after Liz Murphey, a pioneer in women's athletics who served as Georgia's women's golf coach and Senior Woman Administrator from the 1960s through the 1990s.
The 2013 NCAA Championships will mark the fourth time the University of Georgia Golf Course has hosted the national championships in women's golf. UGA was site of the 1981 AIAW National Championships, as well as the 1983 and 1993 NCAA Championships. For the past three years, the Nationwide Tour's Stadion Classic at UGA has been played at the course, which also has served as site for NCAA Regionals and SEC Championships in both women's and men's golf.