Cowgirls Finish Fifth at Grand Canyon Invitational

Feb. 25, 2015

LITCHFIELD PARK, Ariz -

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The University of Wyoming Cowgirl golf team finished fifth at the Grand Canyon Invitational on Wednesday for their best team finish in event since 2012. The Cowgirls shot a season-low 300 (+12) in the final round to finish at 917 (+53) in the 21-team event. Sophomore Mackenzie Barrie led the Cowgirls with a career-best seventh place finish.

"I was really proud of the girls and it was definitely a team effort," head coach Josey Stender said. "Everyone contributed on a difficult golf course and we really found consistency this week."

Barrie became the first Cowgirl since Samantha Stancato in 2010 to finish in the top-10 of an event. Barrie seventh place finish was due to a solid final round of 74 (+2). She finished with a three-round tally of 224 (+8). Sophomore Taylor Dorans finished tied for 15th at 227 (+11), as it was a career-best finish. She tallied a 227 (+11) for the tournament.

"Mackenzie is such a steady and tough athlete and back-to-back tournament leading the team is great to see," Stedner said. "To have career-best finishes for two young players is so encouraging."

Stancato closed out the tournament with a 76 (+4). She finished tied for 34th at 233 (+17). Redshirt freshman Gabrielle Gibson ended play at 234 (+18) after a final round score of 77 (+5). Junior Kathleen Kershisnik ended the tournament in 53rd place with a total score of 237 (+21).

Junior Emily Woodard, who is playing as an individual, finished tied for 61st after shooting 239 (+23). She shot 79 (+7) in the final round. Freshman Klara Castillo finished tied for 93rd with a tally of 248 (+32). Fellow freshman Sarah Hankins ended play at 255 (+39), finishing tied for 101st.

"To finish were we did is great motivation for the rest of the season," Stender said.

UC Riverside won the team title with a tally of 895 (+31). Grand Canyon's Charlotte Jaengkit won the individual medalist honors with a tally of 217 (+1).

The Cowgirls return to action BYU at Entrada Classic in St. George, Utah on March 16-17.

Wyoming Results
T7 Mackenzie Barrie - 72 (E) - 78 (+6) - 74 (+2) = 224 (+8)
T15 Taylor Dorans - 74 (+2) - 79 (+7) - 74 (+2) = 227 (+11)
T34 Samantha Stancato - 81 (+9) - 76 (+4) - 76 (+4) = 233 (+17)
T37 Gabrielle Gibson - 79 (+7) - 78 (+6) - 77 (+5) = 234 (+18)
53 Kathleen Kershisnik - 82 (+10) - 79 (+7) - 76 (+4) = 237 (+21)
T61 Emily Woodard * - 76 (+4) - 84 (+12) - 79 (+7) = 239 (+23)
T93 Klara Castillo * - 83 (+11) - 82 (+10) - 83 (+11) = 248 (+32)
T101 Sarah Hankins * - 85 (+13) - 85 (+13) - 85 (+13) = 255 (+39)
*- Playing as an individual