Women's Golf Begins Fall Season at Ann Rhoads Invitational
Sept. 16, 2005
For Immediate Release
The University of Memphis women's golf team begins its fall schedule on Sunday at the Ann Rhoads Invitational hosted by the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
The three-day tournament will be played at the 7,041 yard, par 72 course at the Ol' Colony Golf Complex. Play is slated to begin at 8 a.m. on each of the three days of competition, with the final round beginning with a shotgun start.
This year's Ann Rhoads Invitational marks the third year of the event and the third-straight year the Lady Tigers will have competed in the tournament. Last year the U of M shot a 332-309-641 to finish 10th out of 14 teams in the Hurricane Ivan shortened tournament. Junior Stacey Tate led the Memphis with a 17th place tie individually, shooting a 79-77--156. In the tournament's inaugural year in 2003, the Lady Tigers placed 11 out of 12 teams.
Memphis enters the tournament after placing sevenths in the Conference USA Championship held in Memphis in April. The Lady Tigers return six of their seven letterwinners with playing experience from last year. Two freshman newcomers, Rachel Larson and Kayla Stewart, also join the team.
Tulane won the team title last season while Florida State won the inaugural tournament in 2003. An Alabama player has captured individual medalist honors at both Ann Rhoads Invitations. Megan George won the event in 2003 and Darby Sligh made it two in a row for the Tide in 2004.
The 16-team field includes five teams that advanced to the postseason a year ago in East Carolina, Jacksonville State, Mississippi State, Miami and UNC-Wilmington. Also in the tournament are Ole Miss, Augusta State, Belmont, Birmingham Southern, Middle Tennessee State, Murray State, Samford, Troy and UAB.