Tulsa, Okla. – The Tulsa women’s golf team will host the Dale McNamara Invitational, Monday-Tuesday, April 10-11, at the Tulsa Country Club. The course measures 6,112 yards and plays to a par 70. The 54-hole tournament will be played in two days with 36 holes on Monday and the final 18 holes on Tuesday.
The nine-team field includes BYU, Cincinnati, Colorado State, Fresno State, Kansas, Missouri State, New Mexico State, Oral Roberts and host Tulsa.
Among Tulsa’s eight participants, three are local golfers including senior Nadia Majidizadeh, from Tulsa’s Union High School, sophomore Mackenzie Medders, from Jenks High School, and true freshman Taylor Dobson, from Broken Arrow High School.
Majidizadeh shares the team scoring lead with freshman Greta Bruner with a 74.8 stroke average. Majidizadeh is coming off of a career-best third-place finish at the John Kirk Panther Invitational for her sixth-top-25 performance of the season. Bruner, from Conroe, Texas, has also placed among the top-25 in six events this year with a season-best fourth-place finish.
The tournament is named for legendary Tulsa golf coach Dale McNamara. McNamara coached 26 years at The University of Tulsa, and took the TU women’s golf program from the ground floor to national prominence, winning four national championships. Tulsa won two AIAW national titles, 1980 and 1982 under McNamara’s guidance, as well as the first-ever NCAA Championship in 1982 and another NCAA title in 1988.
The Dale McNamara Invitational is the 20th regular season collegiate golf tournament that Tulsa has hosted since the inception of the women’s golf program in 1974-75. It’s the fifth Dale McNamara Invitational and the first since the 2013 fall season. In the previous 19 Tulsa-hosted tournaments, the Golden Hurricane has won nine titles.
This is the first of the 20 tournaments that will be held during the spring season, as the previous 19 events were played during the fall.
The Tulsa Country Club course served as the host site for the 1999 and 2014 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship.
THE 2017 DALE McNAMARA INVITATIONAL
Monday, April 10 – Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Tulsa Country Club • Tulsa, Oklahoma
Hosted by The University of Tulsa
Live Scoring: Birdiefire.com
Format: 54-Hole Tournament • Two Days
Monday • 36 holes • 8 a.m. start Tees #1 and #10; Second Round start
at 1:15 p.m., Tees #1 and #10
Tuesday • 18 holes • 8 a.m. start Tees #1 and #10
Teams: Nine-Team Field
BYU, Cincinnati, Colorado State, Fresno State, Kansas, Missouri State, New Mexico State, Oral Roberts and host Tulsa
The Name: The tournament is named for legendary Tulsa women’s golf coach Dale McNamara … McNamara coached 26 years at The University of Tulsa, and took the TU women’s golf program from the ground floor to national prominence, winning four national championships … her first national crown came at the 1980 AIAW National Championship … won the final AIAW National Championship in 1982 and the inaugural NCAA title that same year … her team also won the 1988 NCAA Championship as her daughter, Melissa, was the individual medalist.
History of Tulsa-Hosted Regular Season Tournaments
Year Tournament Tulsa Team Medalist Course Par
1976 Golden Hurricane Invitational 1st (597) Tulsa Nancy Lopez, Tulsa Cedar Ridge CC 72
1977 Golden Hurricane Invitational 4th (967) SMU Beth Daniel, Furman Cedar Ridge CC 72
1978 Golden Hurricane Invitational 3rd (935) Arizona State Vicki Singleton, ASU Cedar Ridge CC 72
1979 Nancy Lopez Invitational 1st (926) Tulsa Sharon Barrett, Tulsa Cedar Ridge CC 72
1980 Nancy Lopez Invitational 1st (919) Tulsa Barb Thomas, Tulsa Cedar Ridge CC 72
1981 Nancy Lopez Invitational 1st (923) Tulsa Val Skinner, Okla. State Cedar Ridge CC 72
1982 Nancy Lopez Invitational 1st (915) Tulsa Kathy Baker, Tulsa Cedar Ridge CC 72
1984 Nancy Lopez Invitational 2nd (925) Arizona State Melissa McNamara, Tulsa Cedar Ridge CC 72
Kathy Kostas, Stanford
1985 Nancy Lopez Invitational 1st (602) Tulsa Laurette Maritz, US Int. Cedar Ridge CC 72
1986 Nancy Lopez Invitational 2nd (944) Arizona State Danielle Ammacapane, ASU Cedar Ridge CC 72
1987 Tour Tulsa Intercollegiate 5th (951) Texas Ginger Brown, Texas Cedar Ridge CC 72
1988 PING Tour Tulsa Intercollegiate 1st (916) Tulsa Dina Ammacanpane, ASU Cedar Ridge CC 72
1989 PING Tour Tulsa Intercollegiate 1st (930) Tulsa Brandie Burton, Arizona State Tulsa CC 72
1990 PING Tour Tulsa Intercollegiate 1st (974) Tulsa Kelly Robbins, Tulsa Southern Hills CC 72
1998 Bama Fall Preview 2nd (608) Duke Niina Laitinen, Tulsa Tulsa CC 71
2010 Dale McNamara Invitational 4th (903) Oklahoma Ellen Mueller, Oklahoma Patriot GC 72
2011 Dale McNamara Invitational 5th (901) Oklahoma St. Giulia Molinaro, Arizona State Patriot GC 72
2012 Dale McNamara Invitational 9th (899) Arizona State Isabelle Lendl, Florida Golf Club of Okla. 72
2013 Dale McNamara Fall Preview 15th (916) Southern Cal Kyung Kim, Southern Cal Tulsa CC 70