Lady Tigers Claim Season's First Win
Oct. 1, 2006
LEXINGTON, Kent.- The University of Memphis women's golf team fired a 929 (312-319-298) and picked up their first tournament victory of the season by coming back in the final round of the Wildcat Fall Invitational. Senior Stacey Tate and sophomore Rachel Larson led the way for the Lady Tigers by finishing fourth and fifth respectively. It's the Lady Tigers first tournament win since the Lady Eagle Invitational in April of 2005.
Memphis took the early lead in Saturday's opening round. Larson recorded a 3-over par first round 75. Tate was right on her heels with a first round 77. Senior Cameron Barber shot a 6-over-par 78, senior Kathryn O'Rourke carded an 82, and junior Dawn-Marie Conaty turned in an 84 as the Lady Tigers shot 312 and took a four-stroke lead over into the second round.
Saturday afternoon saw Louisville charge to the top of the leaderboard behind the strength of a second round team score of 310. North Carolina State also made up ground by recording a 315 in round two and moving in to a tie for second place with Memphis.
However, the Lady Tigers were able to regroup in time for Sunday's final round. Larson and Conaty each finished one stroke above their career low of 72 by firing final round 73's. Meanwhile, Tate followed with a 74 en route to her 16th top-20 finish in 22 career tournaments. Meanwhile O'Rourke notched a 78 and Barber recorded an 87 to round out the Lady Tiger lineup. As a team, Memphis recorded a final-round 298 to hold off second place Augusta State by four strokes.
The Lady Tigers will return to Memphis before preparing to head east Furman University's Lady Paladin Invitational. The tournament will run from Friday through Sunday in Greenville S.C.
1 Memphis, Univ. of 929 (312-319-298)