March 2, 2008
SEDONA, Ariz. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl golf team improved three strokes from the previous day and finished in sixth place out of 15 teams on Sunday at the NAU/Red Rocks Invitational in Sedona, Ariz.
During the final round Wyoming scored 320 (+32), totaling 643 (+67) for the 36-hole, two-day tournament. UW shot 323 (+35) on Saturday.
The Cowgirls finished only three strokes back of fifth place UC-Riverside (640). Eastern Michigan surged past intrastate rival and Day One leader Western Michigan by shooting 315 (+27) over the final 18 holes for an event score of 626 (+50). WMU was at 628.
"Overall this was a good first tournament for us," said Cowgirl head coach Josey Stender. "The team had great attitudes and now we know what we need to work on in coming weeks.
"What a huge advantage for us that we were able to travel our entire team and play a neutral course in a competitive setting. It is invaluable to us as coaches and helps us evaluate each player, which will pay off later in the season."
Cowgirl sophomore Sarah Fogerty turned in a stellar final round with a mark of 73 (+1). Her two-round total of 155 (+11) would be good enough for a seventh place tie with two other golfers in the field of 90. A familiar placing for Fogerty, it was the third time this season that she has finished in the seven spot at an event. She improved 32 places in the standings and jumped up from 39th place after Saturday's first round score of 82 (+10). It was also Sarah's fourth top-ten finish in her young UW career.
Playing as individuals, Wyoming senior Lindsay Bauknecht and junior Mikala Henzlik concluded a solid tournament with scorecards of 80 (+8) and 81 (+9) respectively. Bauknecht tied for 15th place with a total of 159 (+15), while Henzlik tied for 17th place with her tally of 160 (+16).
UW senior Laura Mengelkamp duplicated her 81 from the first day and totaled 162 (+18) for the event. She tied for 21st place, the 26th time in her career she has finished in the top-25 of a major field.
Also counting their scores towards the team total on Sunday were senior Kaelee Aegerter and sophomore Molly Black, who each shot 83 (+11). After a good first round effort of 79, sophomore Jonelle Martinez faltered a bit and scored 84 (+12) during round two.
EMU's Catherine Fortin won the individual title with a total of 150 (+6). Northern Arizona's Sophia Choi was second at 151 (+7).
The event, hosted by Northern Arizona University, was held at Oakcreek Country Club in Sedona, which measures 6,114 yards, par 72.
Wyoming's next competition will be a two-day, 36-hole dual against Northern Colorado, March 8-9 in Greeley.