Knadler Ties for Fifth as Cowgirls Place Ninth


RIVERSIDE, Calif. (Feb. 14, 2017) – Sophomore Megan Knadler earned her best collegiate finish as the Wyoming women’s golf team concluded its opening tournament of the spring season on Tuesday afternoon. After notching a 74 (+2), Knadler tied for fifth and paced the squad with a total score of 224 (+8) at the Battle at the Rock in Riverside, Calif. It was the first top-five finish of her career and third within the top-ten. Additionally, her three-round total was one shot off her career-best. 

“Megan (Knadler) worked very hard over the break,” UW head coach Josey Stender said. “It was great to see her have a confident start to the season. I am very proud of all of them, especially as most of the team battled illness this week. We made a lot of great things happen during this event and also set the baseline for this spring.” 

UW shot a three-round score of 926 (+62), after posting a final round mark of 309 (+21). Of the 16 total teams participating, Wyoming brought home a ninth-place finish at the Oak Quarry Golf Club. In the five tournaments the Brown and Gold have played in this year, it was the fourth finish inside the top-ten.

Senior Mackenzie Barrie and junior Gabrielle Gibson ended the two-day tournament tied for 27th. They each recorded a three-round mark of 231 (+15). Barrie posted a final round 76 (+4), as Gibson shot an 81 (+9) on Tuesday.  

Freshman Erin Sargent jumped 11 spots on Tuesday to tie for 51st. The Longmont, Colo., native recorded her best round of the tournament with a 78 (+6) to finish with a 240 (+24). Playing as individuals, Klara Castillo and Michelle Romano shot a 242 (+26) and 243 (+27), respectively. Castillo fired a 77 (+5) during the final round of play, as Romano posted an 81 (+9). To round out the UW lineup, Sarah Hankins shot an 82 (+10) on Tuesday to close out the tournament with a total 248 (+32).

Knadler led the Cowgirls with four birdies on Tuesday. Barrie added two for the Brown and Gold, while Gibson, Sargent and Castillo each recorded one during the final 18 holes. 

NAU ran away with the team title with a 903 (+11), while Hawaii took second place with a final 909 (+22). NAU’s Sofia Anokhina earned the individual title with a 216 (E). 

The Cowgirls will next take part in the Islanders Classic in Corpus Christi, Texas. The two-day tournament will be held on February 27-28. 

Final Results
T5. Megan Knadler: 74 (+2) – 76 (+4) – 74 (+2) = 224 (+8)
T27. Gabrielle Gibson: 78 (+6) – 72 (E) – 81 (+9) = 231 (+15)
T27. Mackenzie Barrie: 77 (+5) – 78 (+6) – 76 (+4) = 231 (+15)
T51. Erin Sargent: 82 (+10) – 80 (+8) – 78 (+6) = 240 (+24)
T56. Klara Castillo: 85 (+13) – 80 (+8) – 77 (+5) = 242 (+26) *
T62. Michelle Romano: 79 (+7) – 83 (+18) – 81 (+9) = 243 (+27) *
T73. Sarah Hankins: 86 (+14) – 80 (+8) – 82 (+10) = 248 (+26)
 *Played as an individual.