March 4, 2007
SEDONA, Ariz. -
The University of Wyoming Cowgirl golf team completed a delayed round one and then shot their low round of the spring during the second 18 holes to place seventh of 16 teams on Sunday at the NAU/Red Rocks Invitational in Sedona, Ariz.
Wyoming needed only one hole to complete the first round of the 36-hole event, hosted by Northern Arizona University, which had been suspended for darkness the previous evening. UW scored 317 (+29), which positioned them nicely in a tie for fifth place heading into round two. The Cowgirls then totaled 313 (+25) over the final 18 holes, but fell slightly in the standings to finish seventh, their best team finish of the 2006-07 season. Wyoming's event score was 630 (+54).
UW's playing partners, Northwestern and Washington State, finished one-two respectively, with Northwestern tallying 601 (+25) and WSU (602) only one stroke back. Michigan (609) was third, and Nebraska (624) finished fourth.
"Coming into this event we were ranked 11th of 16 teams," said Cowgirl head coach Josey Stender. "I'm proud that we beat four schools who had higher rankings and as a team we're gaining confidence. This has been a long road trip, but I think we've improved each round."
The Cowgirls had two excellent individual finishes, with freshman Sarah Fogerty and junior Laura Mengelkamp tying for tenth place at 152 (+8) in the field of 92 participants. It was the second straight top-25 event finish for both UW golfers, the previous coming at the Fighting Camel Classic earlier this week. Mengelkamp now has an impressive 17 top-25 placings in her three-year career, while Fogerty has quickly notched two in her short time as a Cowgirl. Fogerty shot rounds of 74 (+2) and 78 (+6), and in fact was tied for fourth place following her low first round early this morning. Her mark of 74 was a career and season best for Fogerty. Mengelkamp turned in scorecards showing 77 (+5) and 75 (+3).
Wyoming also counted valuable rounds toward their team score from freshman Jonelle Martinez and sophomore Mikala Henzlik. Martinez shot 83 (+11) and 79 (+7), while Henzlik marked 83 (+11) and 81 (+9).
Northwestern's Liliana Alvarez and WSU's Diana Hong tied for the event individual title with scores of 147 (+3). Justine Hix (Portland State) and Alice Kim (Northwestern) were one stroke back at 148 and tied for third place.
The tournament was held at Oakcreek Country Club, par 72 and measuring 6,089 yards.
UW's next competition will come at the Bobcat Desert Classic, hosted by Montana State. The three-day, 54-hole tournament will be played March 12-14 in Goodyear, Ariz.