Gibson Leads Grand Canyon Invite after 36 Holes

Feb. 23, 2016

PHOENIX, Ariz. -

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Sophomore Gabrielle Gibson leads the field entering Wednesday’s final round of play at the Grand Canyon Invitational in Phoenix, Ariz. Gibson shot a 74 (+3) during Tuesday’s second round to own a one-shot lead after the first 36 holes.

“We played great over the front nine and it was nice to get off to a hot start this morning,” Cowgirl head coach Josey Stender said. “We are in a good position to continue to compete tomorrow. There were a few little things we can still work on, but I’m glad we are in the position to win.”

Wyoming jumped three spots during the second round and is tied with North Dakota State, Portland State and North Dakota State for first place in the 14 team field thanks in part to a score of 307 (+23). The Cowgirls two-day total stands at 617 (+49).

“Gabrielle (Gibson) was in this position a couple times in the fall,” Stender added. “She knows she has been there before and through all her hard work, she really has earned it. After today’s round, I told her to continue being herself, while at the same time be aggressive and understand anything can happen. One of her strengths is that she always has a game plan and if she sticks to it, she will be right in contention tomorrow.”

Gibson’s two-round total is 148 (+6), while freshman Megan Knadler shot a 78 (+7) on Tuesday to sit tied for ninth and bring her total to 154 (+12). Senior Kathleen Kershisnik had the same outcome as Monday’s opening round with a 78 (+7) on Tuesday. Kershisnik is tied for 16th with a 165 (+14) with the final round left to play.

“We know we still have to play our own game tomorrow,” Stender mentioned. “We can’t worry about what all will be going on around us. It will take a team effort to continue our success. This entire team is well deserving of this position. Emily (Woodard) and Kathleen (Kershisnik) played great today. They are two seniors that have led us all year.”

As an individual, freshman Kaylee Knadler recorded a 79 (+8) on Tuesday and now is tied 22nd with a 157 (+15). Senior Emily Woodard sits in 33rd after improving her play by five shots. She fired a 77 (+6) during the second round, while junior Mackenzie Barrie and sophomore Klara Castillo each shot an 80 (+9) on Tuesday and both have a two-round total of 162 (+15) to sit tied 50th.

Freshman Amanda Hinchey shot an 82 (+11) to bring her total to 165 (+23), and junior Taylor Dorans shot an 84 (+13) again for the Cowgirls. Dorans is tied 68th with a total score of 168 (+26) with one round remaining.

“This course opened in January, so it’s almost as if it plays different each day,” Stender said. “We don’t want to over analyze, but continue to play aggressively like we have, and take that same mentality over to tomorrow.”

Wyoming Results
T1: Gabrielle Gibson 74 (+3)-74 (+3)
T9: Megan Knadler 76 (+5)-78 (+7)
T16: Kathleen Kershisnik 78 (+7)-78 (+7)
T22: Kaylee Knadler * 78 (+7)-79 (+9)
T33: Emily Woodard 82 (+11)-77(+6)
T50: Mackenzie Barrie * 82 (+11)-80 (+9)
T50: Klara Castillo * 82 (+11)-80 (+9)
T60: Amanda Hinchey * 83 (+12)-82 (+11)
T68: Taylor Dorans 84 (+13)-84 (+13)

*Playing as an individual