Cowgirl Golf Concludes Play at the Fighting Camel Spring Classic

Feb. 27, 2007

BUIES CREEK, N.C. -

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Their own clubs in hand, the University of Wyoming Cowgirl golf team played the final 18 holes on Tuesday at the Fighting Camel Spring Classic in Buies Creek, N.C. The Cowgirls tied for 13th in the 15-school field and shot a second round score of 337 (+49). Wyoming's event total was 670 (+94).

Still scrambling from an airline mishap that delayed the arrival of their clubs, several UW players struggled to readjust back to competing with their own gear after playing the course for two days with borrowed equipment. The airline delivered two bags late Monday afternoon and the remainder of the clubs around midnight that night.

"We have a very competitive team with high personal expectations," said Cowgirl head coach Josey Stender. "They all wanted to come out today and play well with their own clubs, but in some ways that was a very difficult task. Even though we had our own clubs back it was still like we were starting from scratch and playing the course for the first time. Our touch around the greens suffered and there was some doubt in our decision making process. Our overall course management wasn't bad, but the execution of our actual shots was off."

The Campbell Lady Camels won their home spring tournament for the 10th time in 15 tries. Their 605 (+29) team total set a new tournament 36-hole record, bettering the 609 that Campbell posted en route to the 1995 title. Mercer and Illinois State tied for second place at 635, one better than High Point (636) and five lower than Gardner-Webb and Colorado State (640).

UW's best event finish came from junior Laura Mengelkamp who scored her second straight round of 79 (+7) and tied for 14th place of 78 participants. Mengelkamp's total of 158 (+14) placed her in the top-25 for the 16th time in her three-year career. Wyoming freshman Sarah Fogerty also finished in the top-25 for the first time in her career. Fogerty shot 79 in the second round and placed in a tie for 24th with her 36-hole total of 161 (+17).

Campbell's Maite Ortiz de Pinedo claimed individual medalist honors with consecutive 74s on the par 72, 6,012-yard Keith Hills Country Club layout. She was one stroke better than High Point's Kate O'Sullivan, who shot the day's low round (72) to finish at 149 (+5). Campbell teammates Mary Mattson and Emily Simpson finished in a tie for third at 150, while Lady Camel Alejandra Shaw was fifth at 151.

"We're all frustrated and disappointed that this tournament didn't turn out better, but some things were out of our control and we'll just try and learn from this," continued Stender. "That said, the team still played better at our first spring event this season than we did last year and I'm happy about that.

"I feel pretty good about this team heading to Sedona. We'll take advantage of some good weather here in N.C. today and practice, get some good rest tonight and then travel on to Arizona."

In 2006, the Cowgirls shot 348 and 341 at the NAU/Red Rocks Invitational to begin the spring, compared to 333 and 337 over the last two days, a 19-stroke improvement.

UW will travel Wednesday to Sedona, Ariz. for three additional days of competition.

In a departure from the norm, Wyoming will have 18 holes of dual play against Northern Arizona on Friday, March 2 at Oakcreek Country Club. UW and NAU agreed to the dual match in order to give each school an additional day of competition and practice. The Cowgirls will then compete the following two days, March 3-4 in the NAU/Red Rocks Invitational tournament, also held at Oakcreek.