Liz Murphey Collegiate: Auburn successfully defends its title
30 Mar 2024
by Justin Golba of

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Carla Bernat (Kansas State Athletics Photo)
Carla Bernat (Kansas State Athletics Photo)

For the second straight year, Auburn won the Liz Murphy Collegiate Classic at the University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Ga.

The Tigers won by eleven shots, finishing 1-over with team rounds of 290-283-292 to secure the win. In 2023, Auburn defeated two-time defending champion South Carolina by eleven shots as well, finishing 13-under.

Auburn held the 36-shot lead, and a final-round 4-over 292 helped them close the door on the field and pull away with the win. 

Florida finished in solo second place at 12-over, and host school Georgia finished in solo third place at 15-over. Virginia finished in solo fourth place at 18-over, and Kansas State finished in solo fifth place at 19-over.   

Alabama finished in solo sixth place at 20-over, and SMU and Augusta finished T7 at 26-over.

Auburn finished the event with the best par-4 scoring average, second-best par-3 scoring average, and the second-most birdies with 42.

In the individual competition, Carla Bernat of Kansas State put together a dominant performance, finishing 9-under and beating the field by six shots.

Bernat carded impressive rounds of 69-67-71 to run away from the field.

Anna Davis of Auburn, Ines Archer of Florida, and Caterina Don of Georgia all finished T2 at 3-under. This was the best finish of the young collegiate career of Davis, who won the 2022 Augusta National Women's Amateur.

Victoria Zheng of Augusta and Louise Reau of Georgia Southern finished T5 at even par to round out the top five.

Auburn standout and 2023 U.S. Women's Amateur champion Megan Schofill shot a first-round 5-under 67, gave her a two-shot lead after the opening 18 holes, but second and third-rounds of 75-77 saw her fall back and finish at T14.

Bernat put together a stellar 2023 campaign, finishing in solo second place in the Spanish Women's Amateur and the European Ladies Amateur and jumping to No. 28 in the Golfweek/ Women's Rankings.

She also made the final 32 in the 2023 Ladies British Amateur.

1SpainCarla BernatSpain60069-67-71=207
T2CAAnna DavisSpring Valley, CA40075-68-70=213
T2FranceInes ArcherFrance40075-67-71=213
T2ItalyCaterina DonItaly40070-67-76=213
T5FranceLouise ReauFrance30073-75-68=216

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