Lady Tigers Tied for Sixth After Opening Round of C-USA Championship
April 16, 2006
For Immediate Release
GREENVILLE, N.C. - The University of Memphis women's golf team shot an opening round 310 on Sunday and is tied for sixth in the Conference USA Championship.
Junior Stacey Tate led the Tigers with a 2-over 74 and is tied for eighth in the three-round tournament at the Ironwood Country Club. Tate, who has won three of her last four tournaments, shot a 1-over 37 in both the front and back nine on the par-72, 6,216-yard course. She is five strokes behind the leader, Gerina Mendoza of UTEP who shot a 3-under 69 on the first day to take a two-stroke lead. UAB's Christina Wentworth and Tulsa's Michaela Cavener sit in second with a 1-under 71.
A total of 45 golfers played 18 holes in Sunday's opening round on a sunny, 90-degree day. Behind Mendoza and two other players who are in the top six, UTEP took a three-stroke lead with a 292. The University of Tulsa is in second place in the nine-team tournament with a 295, and tournament host East Carolina is five-strokes behind the leader with a 297 for third place.
After capturing a spot on the tournament roster with a strong performance at the Lady Eagle Classic, junior Kathryn O'Rourke had the second best score in the round. O'Rourke carded a 41 in the front nine but followed with a team best 36 in the back nine to finish the round with a 5-over 77. The Holmes, N.Y., native is in 26th place. Sophomore Dawn-Marie Conaty finished the day one-stroke behind O'Rourke with a 78 and is tied for 27th. Rounding out the Lady Tiger squad, senior Bernie Rosero is tied for 36th with an 81 and freshman Rachel Larson is tied for 38th with an 83.
The teams will play the second round of the tournament on Monday with the final round on Tuesday.
C-USA Women's Championship
Dates: 04/16-04/18, 2006
T6 Memphis, Univ. of 310T8 Stacey Tate 37-37 74 26 Kathryn O'Rourke 41-36 77 T27 Dawn-Marie Conaty 40-38 78 T36 Bernie Rosero 41-40 81 T38 Rachel Larson 39-44 83