March 13, 2006
CARMEL, Calif. -
The University of Wyoming Cowgirl golf team played the first of two rounds at the 11th annual Santa Clara Colby Invitational in Carmel, Calif., on Monday. After the initial 18 holes the Wyoming team is tied with Cal. St.-San Marcos for seventh position in the 13-team field.
UW shot a round of 328 (+44), which puts them firmly in the middle of the pack, led by national top-ten powerhouse Pepperdine, who posted a mark of 289 (+5). Santa Clara is second with 307 (+23), while UC-Riverside is in third at 313 (+29).
"We did not putt well today, but we did hit the ball much better than we have been," said Cowgirl head coach Josey Stender. "The green conditions were different today than they had been for our practice round and I think we let that affect our play. It will be interesting to see how we play a different course tomorrow, especially with the forecast calling for more rain. This will be a real test for us and I'm curious how we'll respond.
"I'm proud of the round that Mikala put together. Her swing really came together today."
Wyoming freshman Mikala Henzlik had the best round of the day for the Cowgirls, a nine-over-par score of 80. That mark puts her in a tie for 22nd place out of 69 golfers. One stroke back of Henzlik was UW sophomore Laura Mengelkamp, who struggled with the putter during Monday's round but still recorded an 81 (+10).
Pepperdine's Eileen Vargas held the individual event lead after shooting a score of one-under-par 70. Vargas' teammate Carolina Llano and Santa Clara's Megan Stoddart are tied for second place at 72 (+1).
The 36-hole Colby Invitational, hosted by Santa Clara, is being played at the Rancho Canada Golf Course in Carmel. Monday's round was played on the East Course which plays to a par of 71 and measures 5,843 yards. Tuesday's final round will be played on the West Course.