March 9, 2008
GREELEY, Colo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl golf team improved nine strokes from their previous round, scoring 307 (+27) on Sunday at Greeley Country Club and defeating the Northern Colorado Bears soundly in dual competition.
The two Front Range schools played 18 holes each on Saturday and Sunday, with Wyoming totaling 623 (+63) to Northern Colorado's 654 (+94). UW shot 316-307, while UNCo recorded rounds of 323-331.
"I was pleased with a lot of things that I saw from our team," said Cowgirl head coach Josey Stender. "Our round today shows that we are getting better earlier in the spring than we have in past years. Since this was our second go-around with this course, I think our comfort level and confidence were higher today.
"The timing was right for us to play this dual and I think it was beneficial. The more competition we can get into early in the spring the better. All of the work the team has put in is paying off and we continue to improve."
Wyoming sophomore Sarah Fogerty recorded the lowest round of the event by any player with her score of 74 (+4) on Sunday. Sarah played consistently and led the small field with 21 pars and two birdies over the two rounds. Fogerty would tie with Northern Colorado's Heather Daviner, who played as an individual, for the top spot in the standings with a 36-hole total of 153 (+13).
As is the norm in college golf, each team designated five players whose scores could count toward the team total and the low four rounds are scored. Both Wyoming and Northern Colorado each played four additional individual golfers, bringing the field total to 18.
Cowgirl senior Lindsay Bauknecht added a second round of 79 (+9) and placed third with her 36-hole total of 155 (+15). Bauknecht shot 76 (+6) on Saturday.
UW also counted rounds of 76 from sophomore Jonelle Martinez and 78 (+8) from junior Mikala Henzlik towards their second round team total. Martinez tied for fourth and Henzlik tied for sixth place. Senior Laura Mengelkamp had a tough day and scored 85 (+15).
Playing as individuals, UW freshmen Molly Black and Jenna Zamprelli tallied 77 (+7) and 82 (+12), respectively. Black's two-round total of 157 (+17) tied for fourth place. Cowgirl senior Kaelee Aegerter and redshirt freshman Johnna Jeffries also competed as individuals for Wyoming.
The 36-hole dual was played at the Greeley Country Club course, one of the Bears' home courses, which measures 6,252 yards and is par 70.
Wyoming's next competition will be March 17-19 at the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational in Honolulu, Hawaii.