Lady Tigers Finish Seventh at the Baja Invitational
Feb. 8, 2007
ENSENADA, Mexico - The University of Memphis women's golf team finished seventh in the 15-team Baja Invitational Tournament to open the spring season. Due to bad weather and playing conditions, the teams were only allowed to compete in two out of the three rounds scheduled.
After finishing 10th in the first round, Memphis picked up the pace to move ahead in the second round. Battling with the weather, the Lady Tigers were able to finish with a score of 625 (316-309) and added two players to the top-20.
"I don't feel as though our scores truly reflect the team's effort on Monday and Tuesday," said Coach Jenny Bruun. "It was great to see Rachel have another consistent tournament and finish in the top-10 against a competitive field. She is a tremendously gifted player and this should definitely be a confident booster for her."
Sophomore Rachel Larson led the way with an 8-over-par 152 (76-76) finish, which gave her a tie for the seventh place spot. She also came in second for par four scoring and fourth in pars. Along with Larson, senior Stacey Tate helped to lead the way for Memphis with a 9-over-par 153 (79-74) finish, which guided her to a 12th place tie. "I was also very pleased with Stacey and Dawn-Marie's comeback the second round," said Bruun. "Unfortunately, the tournament was shortened to two rounds due to factors out of our control but overall I thought our trip to Mexico was a good learning experience. I saw so many positives this tournament and we will continue to work on our games as we prepare for Pinehurst. Junior Dawn-Marie Conaty tied for 32nd place after she registered a 14-over-par 158 (82-76). Meghan Mahoney, back from a severe back injury, finished four strokes back with an 18-over-par 162 (79-83), which gave her a tie for 47th place. Senior Ashley Burross rounded out the score with a 23-over-par 167 (84-83). Burross tied for 69th place.
The University of Memphis remained in the running and was still able to tie for second in the total number of birdies and tied for fourth in par five scoring.
The University of Oregon took the win in the Baja Invitational Tournament with a score of 609 (298-311) and the University of Louisville placed second with a score of 613 (305-308). In the individual match-up, Kimberly McCready from Oregon won the title with a 145 (70-75).
The Lady Tigers will compete in the Pinehurst Challenge, March 5-6 in Pinehurst, N.C.