Before prom, Conn. teen James Tate wins conference golf title

Cameron Smith
Prep Rally

In early May, James Tate earned national attention for one of the most public prom invitations in recent memory, when he used giant cut out letters to ask friend Sonali Rodrigues to the senior prom on the side of the Shelton (Conn.) High School building.

The resulting saga -- in which Rodrigues accepted his invitation but the school administration banned Tate from the event -- was covered across the nation, with Tate and Rodrigues both appearing on late night shows like Jimmy Kimmel Live, above, and spread globally on Facebook.

While Tate has since had his prom privileges reinstated, thanks to a worldwide campaign that included a Connecticut legislator, on Tuesday he got back to receiving attention for the skill that he's better known for: being an outstanding golfer.

Tate led the Shelton boys golf team to the Southern Connecticut Conference title, earning medalist honors with the event's low round of 76. According to the Connecticut Post, the event was held at Race Brook Country Club in Orange, Conn.

Tate, who is a co-captain of the Shelton team, earned all SCC honors for his performance, which helped pace Shelton to a whopping 15 shot victory over rival Amity (Conn.) High for the title. The conference crown was the first ever for Shelton's boys golf program.

For Tate, the conference title is just the start of what is almost sure to be a particularly big week in Tate's year … and life. Just four days after his first golf conference title, Tate will finally take Sonali Rodrigues to the senior prom.

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