Lady Tigers Claim First Tournament Victory Since 2002
April 11, 2006
For Immediate Release
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Behind Stacey Tate's third individual victory in the past four tournaments, the University of Memphis women's golf team claimed its first tournament win in four years, earning top honors at the Lady Eagle Invitational on Tuesday.
The Lady Tigers earned a 13-stroke victory in the 11-team competition with South Alabama coming in second and Middle Tennessee in third. Tournament host Southern Miss finished fourth with a 931 in the invitational held at the Shadow Ridge Golf Club.
Memphis shot a 305 in the final round to finish at 893. The 54-hole total ranks second all-time in the program's history behind an 892 shot at the Lady Tar Heel in 1997. The Lady Tigers' last tournament victory came in the fall of 2002 at the Memphis Women's Intercollegiate.
All five U of M golfers finished in the top 17 with Tate earning her second-straight Lady Eagle Invitational. Sophomore transfer Dawn-Marie Conaty tied for fourth, while senior Bernie Rosero and junior Kathryn O'Rourke tied for 13th. Freshman Rachel Larson finished fifth on the team and tied for 17th overall.
Tate carded a 1-under 70 in the third round to finish with a 2-under 211. The 54-hole total surpasses Tate's previous school record of 214 by three-strokes. The junior New Zealand native beat runner-up Elin Andersson of South Alabama by nine strokes. Tate medaled in all but one spring tournament, earning a tie for fourth at the UNLV Spring Invite. The three season victories and four career victories are also program bests.
Conaty scored a three-round 224 to break her previous low by 12 strokes. The North Carolina State transfer out of Ireland earned her first top 20 finish at the varsity level after placing three times in the top 18 at the junior varsity level at NC State. Rosero also set a new career tournament record with a 231 to finish tied for 13th. The Ecuador native beat her previous low by six strokes and earned her second top 20 finish.
Filling in for the injured freshman Kayla Stewart, O'Rourke carded her second-best three-round low with a 231 to tie Rosero at 13th. Larson matched a career best 232 and finished in the top 20 for the second-straight time.
The Lady Tigers will now prepare for the Conference USA Championship hosted by East Carolina in Greenville, N.C., on April 16-18.
Southern Miss Lady Eagle Invitational