Women's Golf in Sixth After First Day of Kentucky Wildcat Fall Invitational
Oct. 1, 2005
For Immediate Release
LEXINGTON, Ky. - A strong combined second round helped the University of Memphis women's golf team end the first day of the Kentucky Wildcat Fall Invitational in sixth place.
The Lady Tigers shot a 311 in the first round on the par 72, 6,003 yard course at the University Club and then finished the day scoring a 293 in the second round. The U of M's 28-over 604 is 14 shots behind second place North Carolina and Kentucky and 20 strokes behind the leader Florida. The 293 round ties for the fifth best round in the program's history, one stroke behind the school record low that has been accomplished four times with the most recent taking place in 2002.
Junior Stacey Tate led the Lady Tigers with a 1-over 75-70--145 day total, placing her in a tie for fourth individually. The New Zealand native is one stroke out of second place. Florida's Mallory Blackwelder leads the tournament with a 5-under 68-71--139. Tate's second round 70 is the seventh lowest individual single round in Memphis history, which has been accomplished 11 previous times with the most recent by teammate Kathryn O'Rourke in 2004. The lowest round ever by a Lady Tiger is a 66 accomplished by Valerie Luehrs in 1997.
Ending the first day of the two-day tournament in a tie for 19th place is junior Cameron Barber who had a strong two round 77-75-152, 8-over total. Before the start of the fall 2005 season, Barber had never shot below a 79. Now the Lone Tree, Colo., native has shot a 78 or lower in four of her first five rounds to start the 2005-06 season. Her 3-over 75 in the second round is a new career single round low.
Third on the Lady Tigers squad is freshman Rachel Larson who is tied for 23rd with a 75-78--153, one stroke behind Barber. She is followed by junior Ashley Burross who shot a 73 in the second round after an 85 opening round to finish in a tie for 47th with a 14-over 158. The 73 is also a personal individual round best for the Scottsdale, Ariz., native. Freshman Kayla Stewart finished one-stroke behind Burross with an 84-75--159. All five of the Lady Tiger golfers scored below a 78 in the second round.
The Lady Tigers play the final round of the three-round tournament on Sunday.
6 Memphis, Univ. of 311 293 604 T4 Stacey Tate 75 70 145 T19 Cameron Barber 77 75 152 T23 Rachel Larson 75 78 153 T47 Ashley Burross 85 73 158 T51 Kayla Stewart 84 75 159