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April 6, 2017

1. Katelyn Dambaugh
2016-17 Stats
Events: 6
Rounds: 18
Average: 71.00
Low 54: 206
Low 18: 64
2. Ana Pelaez
2016-17 Stats
Events: 5
Rounds: 15
Average: 72.00
Low 54: 208
Low 18: 67
3. Ainhoa Olarra
2016-17 Stats
Events: 7
Rounds: 21
Average: 72.24
Low 54: 213
Low 18: 69
4. Marion Veysseyre
2016-17 Stats
Events: 7
Rounds: 21
Average: 73.24
Low 54: 215
Low 18: 69
5. Jia Xin Yang
2016-17 Stats
Events: 6
Rounds: 18
Average: 74.83
Low 54: 220
Low 18: 70
The Field
Team (Rank*)
1. Alabama (1)
2. Arkansas (16)
3. Auburn
4. Daytona State
5. Denver
6. Georgia (8)
7. Oklahoma State (19)
8. Old Dominion
9. Purdue (22)
10. Southern Cal (2)
11. South Carolina (11)
12. Troy

* Golfstat ranking as of April 4

Tournament Quick Facts

Dates: April 7-9

Location: Athens, Ga.

Course: UGA Golf Course

Par: 72

Yards: 6,300

2017 Schedule
Dates Event Finish
Sept. 25-27 ANNIKA Intercollegiate
Reunion, Fla.
6th of 12
Oct. 2-4 Cougar Classic
Charleston, S.C.
T-7th of 21
Oct. 14-16 Tar Heel Invitational
Chapel Hill, N.C.
T-5th of 18
Oct. 28-30 The Landfall Tradition
Wilmington, N.C.
1st of 18
Feb. 10-12 FSU Match-Up
Tallahassee, Fla.
2nd of 12
March 3-5 Darius Rucker Intercollegiate
Hilton Head Island, S.C.
4th of 17
March 31 ââ’¬” Apr. 2 Bryan National Collegiate
Browns Summit, N.C.
6th of 18
Apr. 7-9 Liz Murphy Collegiate Classic
Athens, Ga.
Apr. 21-23 SEC Championship
Wilmington, N.C.

COLUMBIA, S.C. – No. 11 South Carolina women’s closes out the regular season at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic in Athens, Ga. The three-day event, which will be contested at the University of Georgia Golf Course from Apr. 7-9, features 18 holes of stroke play Friday before the 12-team field is broken down into two match-play brackets. The top-eight schools will compete in the “Red” bracket, while the remaining teams will play in the “Black” bracket. Two rounds of a match play will take place Saturday before the final matches get underway Sunday.


“We always like going to Georgia. We played the national championship there and have been there a few times. The golf course suits us well ââ’¬” it looks like it’s going to be a little wet, but we’re looking forward to being back there and being competitive. The team really likes the match-play aspect of it. The Europeans we have on our team are all very used to play that. Katelyn has done quite a bit in match play as well. It’s an atmosphere they really enjoy and thrive in.”


The 2017 Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic will feature seven top-25 teams at the UGA Golf Course. Top-ranked Alabama, No. 2 Southern Cal and No. 8 Georgia mark the three top-10 schools in action, while the No. 11 Gamecocks, No. 16 Arkansas and Auburn round out the group of SEC teams participating. Six schools that competed at the 2016 NCAA Championship also highlight the 12-team field this week.


This week marks Carolina’s 19th appearance at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic, which started featuring a combination of stroke and match play in 2014. The Gamecocks, who boast three top-five showings at the event, finished fifth at the tournament in 2012. Gamecock seniors Katelyn Dambaugh and Jia Xin Yang and junior Ainhoa Olarra competed at the 2015 Liz Murphey, when Carolina earned a spot in the Red Bracket. Dambaugh and Yang earned a point for the Gamecocks in their fifth-place match against Baylor at the event two years ago.


Freshman Ana Pelaez and sophomore Marion Veysseyre grabbed top-20 finishes at the 2017 Bryan National Collegiate for the Gamecocks, who took home sixth-place honors at the 54-hole event last weekend. Pelaez finished tied for 14th with a three-round mark of 217 (+1) after shooting par or better in rounds one and two, while Veysseyre placed 20th at 3-over 219. Gamecock junior Ainhoa Olarra ended the weekend just outside of the top-20 (T21, +4), and senior Marianna Monaco (T44, +11) carded a career-best 70 (-2) in the final round while competing as an individual at the tournament.


  • South Carolina enters its 10 season under head coach Kalen Anderson, who has guided the program to nine tournament wins and seven NCAA Championship appearances.
  • Carolina is one of five schools to reach the NCAA Championship in each of the last seven years, and last spring marked its 16th overall appearance.
  • The Gamecocks have boasted multiple All-Americans in each of the last three years. Senior Katelyn Dambaugh enters the spring as a three-time All-American.
  • This week’s Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic takes place at the UGA Golf Course, the site of South Carolina’s 2002 SEC Championship.
  • Three Gamecocks rank in the top-15 nationally in par-3 scoring. Marion Veysseyre ranks second, Katelyn Dambaugh is fifth and Ainhoa Olarra checks in at No. 13.
  • Carolina senior Katelyn Dambaugh’s 71.00 stroke average this season ranks 11th in Division I and currently stands as the lowest single-season mark in program history.
  • Ana Pelaez boasts the fifth-best scoring average (72.00) among Division I freshmen this season. She has earned top-15 finishes in each of her last four events.
  • Pelaez’s two SEC Freshman of the Week honors this spring are the most among newcomers in the conference.


South Carolina opens the postseason at the 2017 SEC Championship in Birmingham, Ala. The 54-hole event takes place Apr. 21-23 at Greystone Golf and Country Club.