Cowgirl Golf Opens Spring in Sixth at Red Rocks Invite

March 1, 2008

SEDONA, Ariz. -

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In their first tournament of the 2008 spring season, the Wyoming Cowgirl golf team is in sixth place out of 15 teams after one round at the NAU/Red Rocks Invitational in Sedona, Ariz.

UW shot a team round of 323 (+35) and is 14 strokes out of the lead with one round remaining to be played on Sunday.

"Every year I've been at UW we've gotten a little better in our first round out of winter practice in the Fieldhouse," said Cowgirl head coach Josey Stender. "The first spring event is always an unknown, considering we've played one round outside, but I'm pleased with our efforts.

"I told the team to just stick to the game-plan, have a good attitude and control the things we can control. They did that, were competitive and now we have a chance to move up and improve tomorrow."

Wyoming was led by sophomore Jonelle Martinez, whose 79 (+7) was the low Cowgirl round counting towards the team score. UW senior Lindsay Bauknecht and junior Mikala Henzlik also shot rounds of 79, playing as individuals. All three are tied for 13th place out of 90 golfers.

Cowgirl seniors Kaelee Aegerter and Laura Mengelkamp each added marks of 81 (+9) to UW's team total, in addition to sophomore Sarah Fogerty's 82 (+10).

Freshmen Jenna Zamprelli and Molly Black had a more difficult time in their first transition from winter practice to spring competition, shooting 88 and 89 respectively.

Redshirt freshman Johnna Jeffries will join the team tomorrow and play the final 18 holes as an individual. Jeffries was in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Saturday competing with the UW Track and Field team.

Western Michigan leads the team race with a total of 309 (+21), followed closely by Eastern Michigan at 311. EMU's Catherine Fortin is atop the individual standings at 73 (+1). Oral Robert's Christy Carter is next at 75 (+3).

The 36-hole event, hosted by Northern Arizona University, is being held at Oakcreek Country Club in Sedona, which measures 6,089 yards, par 72.