Georgia makes push at Liz Murphey
Silva Zamora fires 3-under 69, moves into tie for second place
ATHENS, Ga. -- No. 9 Georgia shot a 1-over 289 in Saturday's second round of the 40th annual Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic at the UGA Golf Course. The Bulldogs remained in second place in the 17-team field and are eight shots behind second-ranked Alabama.
Georgia was led by Marta Silva Zamora, who fired a 3-under 69 to bring her tournament total to 5-under, putting her in a second place tie with Purdue's Laura Gonzalez. They trail Alabama's Jennifer Kirby by a single stroke.
"I felt like both days I was slow to start, but after the fifth hole I felt more confident," Silva Zamora said. "I felt pretty confident with my putting and my game in general. I think the whole team is playing pretty well and hopefully [Sunday] we can make the birdies we couldn't make [Saturday]. Eight shots back is not that bad, so hopefully we can get it back."
Georgia also counted a 72 by Rocia Sanchez Lobato and a pair of 74s by Emilie Burger and Milena Savich. Collins Bradshaw posted an 81.
"We turned again at 5-over, similar to what we did [Friday], and then played much better on the back," UGA head coach Kelley Hester said. "Overall, I was pretty pleased. We gave a few shots away, but we seemed to pick up a few at the same time. I feel like we've played the golf course well. Hats off to Alabama, they're playing really well.
"I feel good going in to [Sunday]," Hester continued. "I think our kids are playing good golf and I think the course setup will be one that will be accessible to birdies. Hopefully we can play well and maybe give ourselves a chance."
Alabama held the top spots on the team and individual leaderboards, with Kirby finishing even par on Saturday to stay in first place at a tournament total 6-under.
"Both days I've hit the ball really well; the main difference is that my putts went in [Friday] and they weren't going in [Saturday]," Kirby said. "Overall, I'm pretty happy with my scores. I feel good going into [Sunday]. I'm just going to work on my putting and hopefully it comes together again."
Rounding out the top-10 teams are South Carolina at 577, Purdue at 582, Virginia and No. 17 Florida at 584, No. 25 Michigan State at 587, No. 4 Auburn at 589, Notre Dame at 593 and Arkansas at 596.
Trailing Kirby, Silva Zamora and Gonzalez are Katie Burnett and Meredith Swanson of South Carolina and Brooke Pancake of Alabama, who are tied for fourth just two shots behind Kirby.
For Georgia, Burger and Sanchez Lobato are tied for 14th at even-par 144, Savich is tied for 22nd at 146, Hayashida is tied for 29th at 148, Johnson is tied for 69th at 155, Hill is tied for 71st at 156, Bradshaw is tied for 77th at 157 and Fordham is 90th at 165.