Arkansas improves on the final day

Jump to complete results FAYETTEVILLE – The ninth-ranked University of Arkansas women’s golf team moved up a pair of spots finishing ninth at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic in Athens, Ga., Sunday. Arkansas posted a final round 301 after a disappointing first round in which the Lady’Backs carded a season-high 324. The Lady’Backs improved on the second day with a 309 and followed up with Sunday’s 301 to finish ninth in the 18-team field at the par 72, 6,228-yard UGA Golf Course. Arkansas ended the weekend shooting a 934 (324-309-301). “I’m pleased with the way we continued to improve throughout the tournament,” said Arkansas head coach Kelley Hester. “We could have given up and really hung our heads but we stayed in there and continued to move up and I’m pleased with that.” Sixth-ranked Georgia won the event with a 903, followed by No. five Auburn with a 905. No. 13 Wake Forest was third (910), ahead of No. 48 Florida State (918) and No. 23 Kent State (923) who rounded out the top five in the field. The ninth place showing for the Lady’Backs was the first time since Arkansas added golf in 1995-96 that the team finished in the top 10. Sophomore Stacy Lewis was the highest finisher for Arkansas tying for 21st with a 231 (86-72-73). The senior-dominated lineup saw Courtney Mahon finish tied for 30th with a 233 (81-74-78), followed by Amanda McCurdy who tied for 43rd with a 236 (76-84-76). Senior Lindsey Hinshaw tied for 47th overall with a 237 (81-82-74) and senior Sarah Trew rounded out the Arkansas scores tied for 80th with a 248 (89-81-78). The event was the final regular season event for the Lady Razorbacks. Arkansas travels to the 2006 Southeastern Conference Championship April 14-16, in Nashville, Tenn., in the Vanderbilt-hosted event. The Lady Razorbacks next hope for a regional bid and a spot at the 2006 NCAA Championship. For more information about Arkansas golf, log on to LADYBACKS.COM.