Redshirt sophomore Sarah Hankins carded a first-round score of 76 (+4) to pace the University of Wyoming women’s golf team through the opening round of the Nebraska Chip-N Club on Sunday. The Cowgirls shot a 318 (+30) during the first round in Lincoln, Neb., and sit in ninth place of the 11 teams with two rounds remaining.
“It was great to see Sarah (Hankins) play with confidence throughout the day,” UW head coach Josey Stender said. “I think she was able to learn the course a little better than most players out there and that really proved to help her. We were unable to complete a full practice round yesterday due to rain and lightning, so we didn’t have the best idea of what the course would be like today. We finished the first round well in terms of course management, and I believe having today’s round under our belt will only help us for tomorrow and the final round as well.”
Hankins 18-hole score of 76 (+4) puts her tied for 15th in the 65-golfer field after Sunday. It was her second-best round of the year, as she posted a 75 (+3) to begin the CSU Ram Fall Classic. Senior Mackenzie Barrie and junior Gabrielle Gibson are three shots behind after each shot an 80 (+8) during the opening round at the Wilderness Ridge Golf Course. Barrie and Gibson are tied for 33rd with two rounds left to play.
Next up for the Cowgirls is sophomore Megan Knadler and freshman Erin Sargent. Knadler shot an 82 (+10), while Sargent posted a first-round 83 (+11) on Sunday. Knadler is tied for 44th, with Sargent close behind and tied 46th. Sophomore Klara Castillo, who is playing as an individual, recorded an 85 (+13) to close out the first day.
Kansas State has the team lead after the first round in Lincoln. The Wildcats fired an opening-round 292 (+4), while sophomore Chloe Weir sits alone in the individual lead with a 71 (-1).
The three-day tournament continues Monday with tee times starting at 8 a.m. MT.
T15. Sarah Hankins: 76 (+4)
T33. Mackenzie Barrie: 80 (+8)
T33. Gabrielle Gibson: 80 (+8)
T44. Megan Knadler: 82 (+10)
T46. Erin Sargent: 83 (+11)
T58. Klara Castillo: 85 (+13)