Tate Named C-USA Golfer of the Week
March 2, 2006
For Immediate Release
University of Memphis women's golfer Stacey Tate along with SMU men's golfer Brandon DeStefano both earned medalist and Conference USA Golfer of the Week honors for tournament play for the week of Feb. 22-28.
Tate shot a career low 5-under 68 in the final round to capture medalist honors at the Pat Bradley Women's Golf Championship. Her career low 68 ranks in a tie for second all-time at Memphis. The New Zealand native carded a 71-75-68=214, one stroke behind her previous Tiger record 215 she posted last year to win the Lady Eagle Classic. Tate is only the fifth player in school history to win multiple tournaments in their career. The win also marks the fifth time she has finished in the top five during her two years at Memphis. Tate finished the tournament with 13 birdies. This is the second team she has earned conference player of the week honors.
Memphis placed seventh out of 20 teams, a field that included five teams ranked in the Top 50, in the par-73, 5,957 yard tournament hosted by Florida International University.
On the heels of back-to-back 68s in the first two rounds, DeStefano carded a 66 over the final 18 before besting Auburn's Jay Moseley on the second playoff hole to take medalist honors at the prestigious John Burns Intercollegiate at the Leilehua Golf Course in Hawaii. DeStefano finished at 14-under 202 for 54 holes, leading SMU to a team win. It was DeStefano's first career victory as he becomes the third golfer on the Mustangs roster to win a tournament title.