TOURNAMENT CENTRAL: @MemphisWGolf Back In Mississippi for Lady Eagle Invitational
March 9, 2014
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The University of Memphis women’s golf team travels to Hattiesburg, Miss. this week for the 2014 Lady Eagle Invitational on Monday and Tuesday, Mar. 10 and 11, in Hattiesburg, Miss.
Memphis is back on the course after winning the USA Women’s Invitational on Feb. 24-25 in Mobile, Ala. The Lady Tigers earned a two-stroke victory at the event, posting a team score of 905 over the three rounds of action.
The team victory was the first for Memphis since winning the 2013 Lady Eagle Invitational last spring.
Freshman Leighann Cabush also took home the individual title in Mobile. Cabush finished at +4 (73-73-74 – 220), a two-stroke victory over Jacksonville State’s Anne Kathrin Albrecht. The 54-hole score of 220 is a career-best for Cabush. For her efforts, the Waukesha, Wis. native was named the American Athletic Conference Women’s Golfer of the Week on Feb. 26, the first conference honor for the Lady Tigers this season.
Sophomore Julia Gerlach posted a 12th-place finish at the USA Women’s Invitational, the best finish of her Memphis career. The sophomore shot a career-low 71 in the event’s final round, a score that was the best of all 83 competitors in the event’s final round.
About This Week’s Event
All seven Lady Tigers will compete this week. Cabush, Ashleigh Whisenant, Shelby Sain, Natalie Turk and Gerlach will make up the Memphis team of five, while Ashley Kees and Andrea Cropper will be playing as individuals.
The 2014 Lady Eagle Invitational is hosted by Southern Miss and will be played at Hattiesburg Country Club. The following 14 schools will be participating:
The event will be 36 holes, 18 holes played on Monday and 18 played on Tuesday.
Memphis at the Lady Eagle Invitational
The Lady Tigers have traditionally been strong competitors at the Lady Eagle Invitational. Memphis has won the event three times, posting victories in 2006, 2011 and 2013, in the last seven years.
In 2006, Memphis shot an 895 over 54 holes to win the event by 11 strokes. Stacey Tate was the individual champion at the event, shooting a 211, a score that still stands as the best 54-hole score in school history.
At the 2013 Lady Eagle Invitational, Memphis and Southern Miss tied for the team title after the event was shortened to 18 holes because of weather. Both teams shot a 306, and Lady Tiger Alex Aläng won the individual title after shooting an even-par 72.
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