The University of Wyoming Cowgirl golf team will begin its 2016-17 season on Monday at the CSU Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic. The 54-hole, two-day tournament will be hosted by Colorado State at the Ptarmigan Country Club in Fort Collins, Colo.
UW welcomes two freshmen to this year’s team, as Erin Sargent and Caitlyn Skavdahl are set to join the Cowgirls. Wyoming has nine returners for the upcoming season. Mackenzie Barrie and Taylor Dorans are the only two seniors for the Cowgirls, as juniors Klara Castillo and Gabrielle Gibson are joined by sophomore’s Megan and Kaylee Knadler, as well as Amanda Hinchey, Michelle Romano and Sarah Hankins.
“We welcome back a significant amount of returners,” Cowgirl head coach Josey Stender said. “This group has higher expectations than how we played last fall, and that helps with the depth we have and also how we will be playing a number of familiar courses. Like always, I’ll rely heavily on the older and more experienced players but there are a few younger players that will find themselves in the lineup every week.”
Of the Cowgirls that are returning, four competed in the tournament a year ago. Gibson was Wyoming’s top finisher in Fort Collins last year. She recorded a 235 (+19), while Megan Knadler shot a 238 (+22), Kaylee Knadler had a score of 239 (+23) and Barrie recorded a three-round scorecard of 244 (+28).
To close out the 2016 spring season at the 2016 Mountain West Championships, UW was led by Kaylee Knadler. She posted a 236 (+20) for 35th place, while Castillo had a three-round total of 241 (+25). Gibson tied for 40th with a 242 (+26) and Megan Knadler posted a 245 (+29).
The Cowgirls’ fall schedule features four events. UW will host the sixth annual Wyoming Cowgirl Desert Intercollegiate on Oct. 1-2, at the Classic Club in Palm Desert, Calif. Wyoming will also participate in the Nebraska Chip N’ Club in Lincoln, Neb., and close out the fall season with the Denver Ron Moore Intercollegiate on Oct., 7-9.