Tate Places Third at Conference USA Championship
April 18, 2006
For Immediate Release
GREENVILLE, N.C. - University of Memphis women's golfer Stacey Tate finished third in the Conference USA Championship at the Ironwood Country Club on Tuesday.
The junior, who was named the C-USA Golfer of the Year, shot a final round 1-over 73 to finish at 219 (74-72-73). Tate finished three strokes behind tournament medalist Lene Krog of East Carolina. Krog was named the conference Freshman of the Year and finished with a 216 (74-72-70). SMU Jennifer Ackerson finished second with a 217 (75-68-74).
Tate, who makes a strong case for an at-large bid as an individual in the NCAA Regionals, is the first Memphis player to finish in the conference top three since Meaghan Francella earned medalist honors in 2001. Tate is also only the second Lady Tiger to be honored as the C-USA Player of the Year. Kim Hunt earned the award in 1997.
The Lady Tigers finished sixth in the tournament with a 919 (310-304-305). Tournament host East Carolina added on to its day two lead and finished with a 10-stroke victory with an 887 (297-294-296). SMU finished second at 897 and Tulsa tied with UCF for third with a 902. UTEP finished 12 strokes ahead of Memphis for fifth with a 907.
Junior Kathryn O'Rourke shot the team's second best round on Tuesday with a 3-over 75 and finished tied for 24th with a 232 (77-80-75). Sophomore Dawn-Marie Conaty shot a trio of 78s to finish tied for 26th with a 234 (78-78-78). Freshman Rachel Larson finished 32nd with a 238 (83-76-79), and senior Bernie Rosero ended her collegiate career with a 242 (81-78-83) to place 36th.
The NCAA Regionals will take place on May 11-13 with the East Regional being hosted by Wake Forest at Bryan Park in Browns Summit, N.C. The NCAA East Regional is made up of 21 teams plus three individuals not on those teams.
C-USA Women's Championship
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