Lady Bulldogs finish 7th at Liz Murphey Classic

ATHENS, Ga. - The Mississippi State women's golf team placed seventh at the 30th Annual Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic with a score of 919. The Lady Bulldogs posted rounds of 308, 302 and 309 at the par-72 University Golf Course in Athens, Ga.

Senior Anna Gertsson finished tied for second in the individual competition with a score of 217, a season-best final score and third-lowest in her MSU career. Gertsson has tied for second in a tournament three times this season, previously doing so in the Dodge ACC/SEC Shootout and the SunTrust Lady Gator Invitational. Gertsson had led the Liz Murphey Classic over the course of the first two days with rounds of 71 and 70 but carded a 76 on Sunday, which pushed her one stroke behind the leader.

Finishing second for the Lady Bulldogs, junior Anna Knutsson shot a 229 with two 77's and a 75 on the final day of action, good for a tie in 25th. Freshman Natalie Booth tied for 48th with a score of 235, while freshman Beth Irwin carded a 238 to tie for 60th. Janet Dyer, a freshman, rounded out the MSU lineup by placing 79th with a score of 247.

Florida won the tournament with an score of 879, while Florida's Jeanne Cho captured the individual title with a score of 216.

Mississippi State concludes the 2002 regular season on April 5, as the Lady Bulldogs travel to Baton Rouge, La., to participate in the LSU/Cleveland Golf Classic. MSU head coach Christi Sanders will then take her squad back to Athens, Ga., for the 2002 Southeastern Conference Championships on April 19.


1. Florida 301-288-290=879 +15
2. Auburn 303-287-290=880 +16
3. Georgia 297-299-298=894 +30
4. South Carolina 305-299-298=902 +38
5. Furman 301-301-307=909 +45
6. North Carolina 313-299-300=912 +48
7. Mississippi State 308-302-309=919 +55
8. Wake Forest 311-306-304=921 +57
9. East Carolina 319-306-306=931 +67
t10. Alabama 313-313-306=932 +68
t10. Memphis 322-303-307=932 +68
t10. Nebraska 319-301-312=932 +68
13. Mississippi 321-313-302=936 +72
14. Louisiana State 311-320-310=941 +77
15. Coastal Carolina 323-314-311=948 +84
16. Minnesota 323-318-308=949 +85

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