Tate Medals After Winning Playoff at Lady Panther Invitational
April 4, 2006
For Immediate Release
STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. - Junior Stacey Tate medaled for the second time in three tournaments, helping the University of Memphis women's golf team tie for second at the John Kirk/Lady Panther Intercollegiate on Tuesday.
Tate garnered individual medalist honors after defeating Kentucky's Ali Kicklighter in a playoff as both finished with a two-round score of 148. Tate fired a 74 on the final day, while Kicklighter shot a 75. The win is the third career victory for the New Zealand native who also medaled at the Pat Bradley Championship in February. Tate has finished in the top four in three-straight tournaments.
Augusta State earned the tournament victory by topping Memphis and Louisville by one stroke. The Jaguars fired the lowest final round of the day with a 301 in finishing with a 620 total. Memphis and Louisville carded a 312 and 305, respectively, in the final round for a 621 total. Kentucky placed fourth at 625 after shooting a 311 on the final day, while tournament host Georgia State rounded out the top-five.
Helping the Lady Tigers tie for second in the 14 team field was freshman Rachel Larson who tied for 12th with a 155. The top 20 finish is the first in the Longmont, Colo. Native's career. Larson finished three strokes ahead of sophomore Dawn-Marie Conaty who just missed placing in the top 20 with a 158. Senior Bernie Rosero finished tied for 52nd with a 165.
The Lady Tigers may have had a legitimate chance at winning the tournament before losing the team's No. 3 golfer Kayla Stewart who was forced to withdraw from the tournament in the final round. The freshman has a 79.1 average this season and shot a 77 in the opening round. Memphis would have won the tournament by three strokes with Stewart's average in the second round.
Memphis will play its final tournament before the Conference USA Championship at the Lady Eagle Classic hosted by Southern Miss on April 10-11. The C-USA Championship will then be hosted by East Carolina on April 16-18.
John Kirk/Lady Panther Invitational