Tate Fires Fifth-Lowest Round in School History
Sept. 25, 2006
DENVER, Colo.- Senior Stacey Tate helped the University of Memphis women's golf team get off to a quick start at the Ron Moore Women's Intercollegiate on Monday. The Auckland, New Zealand, native led the charge for the Lady Tigers by notching a first-round three-under-par 69, tying the fifth-lowest mark in school history.
Tate, one of GolfWorld Magazine's Top 50 Female Players to Watch, backed up her first-round with a solid second-round 74. Her day one total of 143 leaves her tied for ninth-place, four shots off the lead.
Early morning frost pushed back the start of the first round of the Ron Moore by more than 45 minutes. However, the Lady Tigers, who had to contend with foul weather in their first tournament of the season as well, were unfazed by the conditions.
The Lady Tigers currently sit in fifth-place among 16 teams at the Ron Moore after firing 594 (295-299) in Monday's first and second rounds. Memphis leads sixth-place UC Davis by one stroke and trails fourth-place Arkansas-Little Rock by three shots going into Tuesday's final round. The Denver Pioneers are making the most of their home course advantage, leading second-place Missouri by 22 strokes.
Sophomore Rachel Larson, a native of Longmont, Colo., opened with a first-round 75, but improved in the second, notching a 72, good for a day one total of 147. Larson jumped from a tie for 25th after round one to tied for 17th at the end of Monday's play.
Junior Dawn-Marie Conaty showed consistency firing back-to-back 76's in the first and second rounds, she sits tied for 32nd at 152.
Senior Cameron Barber, a native of Highlands Ranch, Colo., continues to improve while recovering from offseason neck and shoulder surgery. In a return to her hometown course, Barber fired a 154 (75-79).
Senior Kathryn O'Rourke rounds out the lineup for the Lady Tigers after carding a 157 (80-77) on Monday.
Play resumes on Tuesday morning with a 9:45 a.m. (CDT) shotgun start.