Lady Tigers Tee Off Fall Schedule at Alabama
Sept. 17, 2004
Led by first year head coach Jenny Bruun, the University of Memphis women's golf team begins its fall schedule on Monday at the Ann Rhoads Intercollegiate hosted by the University of Alabama.
The tournament will be played at the Ol' Country Club in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Originally scheduled to begin Sunday, the event was moved to Monday with Sunday as a practice day due to Hurricane Ivan. The Lady Tigers will play one round of 18 holes on Monday and finish with a second round on Tuesday.
The Lady Tigers enter the competition with a redesigned squad. Bruun replaces Sheryl Maize at the helm of the U of M program. She comes to Memphis after serving as an assistant golf coach at Campbell University where she helped the men's and women's golf teams to four tournament victories, including the 2004 Atlantic Sun Women's Championship.
Also new to the Memphis program are sophomore Stacey Tate, freshman Ashleigh Garman and Tyler Junior College transfer Bernie Rosero. They join returning sophomores Meghan Mahoney and Kathryn O'Rourke on the starting five.
Tate enters the first tournament in the Lady Tigers' No. 1 position. From Auckland, New Zealand, this will be the first collegiate experience for Tate, who is the fourth ranked women's amateur in her country and the reserve for the world championships.
"She doesn't have a weakness in her game," Bruun said. "That's a huge asset. There's not a lot of players that can say that. At practice, I can ask her to hit a very difficult shot, and she makes that shot."
O'Rourke returns after finishing second on the team with a 82.4 average in 23 rounds split between eight tournaments. The Holmes, New York native shot a low of 76 in the spring of 2004 at the Lady Eagle Tournament hosted by Southern Mississippi. Mahoney finished last season close behind O'Rourke with a 83.3 overall average. She shot the lowest round last year with a 74 at the Lady Paladin Classic hosted by Furman University.
The Lady Tigers join a talented crop of schools in the tournament, including the 2004 Conference USA champions, Tulane. Other schools participating are Kentucky, Mississippi State and Alabama.
"The feild at Alabama is pretty strong," Bruun said. "If we can finish in the top five, I'd be very pleased. I think we have two, possibly three, players capable of finishing in the top 20. That's what I'm expecting to happen. I truly believe they're ready. They've been mentally ready for the past few weeks, so I expect good things to happen."