@MemphisWGolf Finishes in First Place at USA Women's Invitational
Feb. 25, 2014
MOBILE, Ala. – The University of Memphis women’s golf team finished in first place at the USA Women’s Invitational at the Azalea City Golf Course in Mobile, Ala.
Memphis finished the USA Women’s Invitational with a team score of 905 (300-304-301), claiming a two-shot victory over Jacksonville State. South Alabama (310-300-299 – 909), Troy (298-309-308 – 915) and Samford (300-306-312 – 918) rounded out the top five on the team leaderboard.
The team championship is the first for the Lady Tigers since winning the 2013 Lady Eagle Invitational, and the ninth team tournament victory under head coach Beth Harrelson. That mark stands as the most tournament titles under one head coach in program history.
Individually, freshman Leighann Cabush captured the individual title, finishing at +4 (73-73-74 – 220). Cabush finished two strokes ahead of Jacksonville State’s Anne Kathrin Albrecht to claim the victory. The 54-hole mark of 220 is a career best for Cabush, and she becomes the first individual medalist for Memphis since Alex Aläng captured the individual title at the Lady Eagle Invitational last season.
Cabush finished with three birdies in her final round, and posted pars on her last five holes of Tuesday’s round to claim the victory. The freshman is the ninth individual to medal in Harrelson’s six years in charge of the program.
Sophomore Julia Gerlach shot a 228 (77-80-71) to finish tied for 12th, the best finish of her Memphis career. Gerlach’s one-under par 71 on Tuesday was a career-best 18-hole score, and also the lowest final round score of any of the 83 competitors in the field. Gerlach was a model of consistency on Tuesday, finishing her final round with 17 pars and one birdie.
Shelby Sain posted the third top-20 finish of her career, and second of this season, after finishing the event with a 231 (74-74-83).
Memphis returns to the course at the Lady Eagle Invitational in Hattiesburg, Miss. on Mar. 10-11.