Memphis in 12th Place After Opening Round
Sept. 20, 2004
Tuscaloosa, Ala - In the opening round of the University of Alabama/Ann Rhoads Intercollegiate, the University of Memphis women's golf team finished 12th out of 14 schools on Monday.
At the Ol' Colony Golf Complex, sophomore Stacey Tate led the Lady Tigers with a first round score of 79, 7-over-par, as the U of M had a first round score of 332. The Auckland, New Zealand native is tied for 19th place individually after scoring 39 in the opening nine and 40 in the back nine.
"Stacey's start could have been better," said Memphis head coach Jenny Bruun. "She had a rough start but has a great attitude. I truly think she has a chance to make it into the top 10 tomorrow. This is a playmakers golf course, so we'll see what she can do."
Sophomore Meghan Mahoney came in second on the team with an 82, finishing the first round tied for 35th place. Rounding out the Lady Tigers' team, sophomore Kathryn O'Rourke is tied for 35th place with an 82, junior Bernie Rosero is tied for 64th place with an 87 and freshman Ashleigh Garman is tied for 70th with an 89.
"Our inexperience played a part in our first round start," Bruun said. "Mentally we struggled but physically we played alright. With our first tournament round and with all the new people, the opening jitters got us. We had a great practice run after the round today and feel really positive for good things to happen tomorrow."
Last year's Conference USA champion, Tulane, finished the day in first place with a 298. Mississippi State's Beth Irwin is in first place individually with a 73, 1-over-par. Four of Tulane's five players are in the top six places individually with the fifth one tied for 16th place.
Memphis will conclude the tournament on Tuesday with a final round of 18 holes. The U of M will play with Troy State University (11th place) and Augusta State University (10th place) with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun time.
Team First Round Finishes 1. Tulane University 298 +10 2. Mississippi St. U. 309 +21 3. Alabama, U. of 316 +28 Mississippi, U. of 316 +28 5. Middle Tennessee St. 320 +32 UAB 320 +32 7. Murray State Univ. 321 +33 Birmingham Southern 321 +33 Jacksonville St. 321 +33 10. Augusta State U. 325 +37 11. Troy State Univ. 329 +41 12. Memphis, Univ. of 332 +44 13. Samford University 340 +52 14. Belmont University 347 +59
Top 15 First Round Finishers 1. Beth Irwin, Miss. St. 73 +1 2. Megan George, Alabama 74 +2 Liliana Alvarez, Tulane 74 +2 Shannon McVeigh, Troy State 74 +2 Alison Walshe, Tulane 74 +2 6. Lindsay Hulwick, Tulane 75 +3 Mary Ellen Jacobs, Tulane 75 +3 Nikki Orazine, Murray St. 75 +3 Kristin Lynch, Middle TN 75 +3 10. Brooke Mangan, UAB 76 +4 Katie Davidson, Ole Miss 76 +4 12. Shelley McGraw, Brmnghm So 77 +5 Stephanie Godare, Miss. St. 77 +5 Lauren May, Augusta St 77 +5 Janey Deimling, UAB 77 +5
Memphis First Round Individual Finishes T19 Stacey Tate 79 +7 T35 Meghan Mahoney 82 +10 T45 Kathryn O'Rourke 84 +12 T64 Bernie Rosero 87 +15 T70 Ashleigh Garman 89 +17