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ATHENS, Ga. – The sixth-ranked University of Arkansas women’s golf team moved up the leader board finishing the second round of the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic in a tie for fourth place Saturday in Athens, Ga.
Arkansas opened the tournament in seventh place but a second round 305 moved the Lady’Backs up into a fourth-place tie with a two-day 610 (305-305) equaling No. 12 Kent State (303-307).
“Conditions were hard today,” said Arkansas head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor. “The winds really started blowing this afternoon and I think scores are going to be high overall. I think we’ll be right in contention to win this golf tournament. We’re going to go and rest up and get ready for the final round.”
Arkansas senior Stacy Lewis moved up the leader board as well into a tie for fourth overall with a second round 74 (75-74) for a 149.
Duke’s Amanda Blumenherst (74-72) and Purdue’s Maude-Aimee Leblanc (74-72) lead the field at 146. Georgia’s Krystle Caithness is in sole possession of third place with 147 (75-72) followed by a five-player tie for fourth that includes Lewis.
Freshman Kelli Shean shaved six strokes off her first round total moving into a tie for 22nd with a 154 (80-74). Sophomores Kristin Ingram (74-82) and Corinna Rees (76-80) are tied for 31st with 156 followed by teammate Lucy Nunn (80-77) who is tied for 41st with 157.
Host and 10th-ranked Georgia moved into the lead after a second round 300 for a 602 (302-300) and is three strokes better than No. 8 Purdue with 605 (302-303). Seventeenth-ranked Alabama is third with 609 (302-307), followed by No.6 Arkansas and No. 12 Kent State who are tied for fourth. LSU, ranked No. 26 this week, is sixth with 613 (297-316), one stroke better than No. 1 Duke (314-300) and No. 9 Auburn (303-311) who are tied at 614.
“Sunday is the final day of spring break,” said Estes-Taylor, “and we’re going to go out and put ourselves in contention to win this golf tournament. We lost a couple on the last two coming in but we’re still right where we want to be. We going to go out tomorrow and give it our best shot and see what happens.”