Memphis Crowned Conference USA Champions
April 25, 2007
ONEONTA, Ala. - The University of Memphis women's golf team was crowned the Conference USA Champions today, after putting on a stellar performance in the last four holes to take first place in the final round of conference action. Senior Stacey Tate was dominant in today's win, taking over the last three holes.
The last time the women's golf team won the conference tournament was in 2001. Having finished sixth last year, the Lady Tigers went in to this tournament looking to end the drought and get back on top. Memphis shot a 17-over-par 305 today, and finished the tournament with a 48-over-par 912, two strokes ahead of defending champion East Carolina University.
Tate, who was named to the All-Conference USA First Team, put on an outstanding performance today, entering the final round in second place. Memphis was down one stroke approaching the 15th hole, but Tate never gave up. She eagled the par-5 16th hole, parred 17 and then birdied the final hole, advancing the Lady Tigers to first place.
The Auckland, New Zealand native finished in second place, with five birdies and one eagle on the day. She shot a four-under-par 68, giving her the lowest round of the day. Tate finished with a 4-under-par 212, just five strokes behind the leader, Gerina Mendoza. Tate was one of two golfers to break par. She finished with 2 eagles, 13 birdies and 29 pars in the tournament.
Sophomore Rachel Larson was the second-lowest finisher for the Lady Tigers. She shot a 5-over-par 77 on the day and tallied one birdie in the final round of action. The Longmont, Colo., native was one of three Lady Tigers to birdie the 18th hole, finishing the tournament in 13th place, reporting a 15-over-par 231. Larson tallied four birdies and 34 pars in the tournament. She was named to the All-Conference Third Team.
The next lowest finisher for the Lady Tigers was junior golfer Dawn-Marie Conaty. The Dublin, Ireland, native shot a 7-over-par 79 in the final round and tallied one birdie. Conaty finished the tournament in 16th place, reporting a 19-over-par 235, just four strokes behind Larson. She finished with five birdies in the tournament. The junior was named to the All-Conference USA Third Team.
Senior Kathryn O'Rourke shot a 14-over-par 86 on the day and tallied one birdie. The Holmes, N.Y., native finished the tournament tied for 22nd place, reporting a 23-over-par 239. She tallied six birdies in the tournament.
Meghan Mahoney finished just five strokes behind O'Rourke. The junior tied for 29th place, reporting a 28-over-par 244 in the tournament. The Nantucket, Mass. native tallied one birdie in the final round and shot a 9-over-par 81 on the day. She finished with four birdies in the tournament. Mahoney was also one of three Lady Tigers to birdie the 18th hole.
East Carolina finished second in the tournament with a total score of a 50-over-par 914. ECU defeated the Lady Tigers in final round action, shooting a 10-over-par 298. In individual competition, UTEP's Gerina Mendoza took the crown after shooting a 9-under-par 207 in the tournament. Mendoza fell behind in the final round, reporting a one-under-par 71, just three strokes behind Tate.
Joining the three Lady Tigers with 2007 Conference USA Awards is head coach Jenny Bruun. Bruun was named the 2007 Conference USA Coach of the Year, which is her first conference honor in her three-year career at Memphis.
With the conference title, the Lady Tigers will advance to the NCAA Regionals. Memphis will play in one of three NCAA Regionals, which will be announced Monday, April 30th, at 3 p.m.