Lady Tigers Drop One to Sixth after Second Round of C-USA Championship
April 19, 2005
GERMANTOWN, Tenn. - After the second round of the Conference USA Women's Golf Championship, the University of Memphis dropped one spot to sixth in the 10 team field on Tuesday with a 321 performance.
Three teams shot below 300 in the first round on Monday, but a windy back nine caused scores and frustration to rise in the second round on the par 72 course at the Germantown Country Club.
"Once the wind started around noon, it just got crazy," said Memphis sophomore Cameron Barber. "The greens had already dried out a lot from yesterday and they were just really hard to control. You could hit it on the front of the green and it would either stop or go like five yards over. It was really hard to control and make your ball sit down."
Once again TCU had the day's best performance, adding to its tournament lead with a 294-301--595 (+19). Tulane University finished seven strokes behind in second (298-306--604) and USF moved to third place (298-309--607). Tournament host Memphis (311-321--632) is eight strokes behind fourth place East Carolina University (313-311--624).
"Not everyday around the golf course is going to be great," said Memphis head coach Jenny Bruun. "Not every day we're going to be able to shoot around 300. You just want your bad days to still keep you in the tournament and that's what they did today. We might have moved a spot back, but tomorrow we put up a great day and we can still beat those teams."
Stacey Tate led Memphis with a 4-over 76 to finish the second round in a 19th place tie with an 80-76--156, jumping back into the No. 1 position in the Lady Tiger lineup. The sophomore from New Zealand jumped 11 spots from 30th place after shooting par or better on 13 of the 18 holes. Tate scored a 3-over 39 on the front nine before leading Memphis on the back side with a 1-over 37. After shooting a birdie on hole 11, Tate closed out the round with her second birdie of the day on No. 18.
Barber (81-80-161) also improved in the second round, coming in second on the team with an 8-over 80. The sophomore from Lone Tree, Colo., is tied for 28th place individually and second on the team with teammate Meghan Mahoney (79-82--161). Barber birdied on No. 9 to finish with a 39 in the front nine.
"Cameron mentally probably had her best 18 holes of the year today," Bruun said. "She kept fighting. She didn't get too high or too down on herself. She was very consistent. She played better than the 80 showed."
Sophomore Kathryn O'Rourke dropped from a seventh play tie individually to 22nd individually with a 74-83--157 performance, one stroke behind Tate for the team lead. Junior Bernie Rosero led the team in the front nine with a two birdie, 2-over par 38 performance, but struggled down the stretch, shooting a 50 in the back nine to finish the round in 37th place with a 78-88--166.
Tulane's Alison Walshe was the only golfer to finish the second round below par with a 2-under 70, placing her in first place individually with a 73-70--143. TCU's Stacey Bieber (71-74--145) and Drae Ward (75-74--149) are second and third respectively.
The Lady Tigers will complete the three-round tournament on Wednesday. Rosero will lead the team with a 8 a.m. tee time on hole No. 1. Memphis will then tee off every nine minutes until Stacey Tate closes out the group at 8:36 a.m. The tournament is expected to end at midday.
"Everyone is upbeat about tomorrow," Barber said. "We wanted to keep around 320 and be able to be in the hunt again tomorrow. We didn't want to prevent ourselves from competing for a higher spot tomorrow. We know we can still finish ahead of some teams with a good performance on Wednesday."
2005 C-USA Women's Championship Germantown CC Germantown, TN Dates: 04/18 - 04/20 (Today:04-19-2005) Par: 72 Yardage: 6178