March 13, 2007
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -
The University of Wyoming Cowgirl golf team shot 317 (+29) on Monday at the Bobcat Desert Classic, hosted by Montana State, in Goodyear, Ariz. That mark puts them in 11th place of 20 teams heading into the second of three rounds.
The first round was suspended due to darkness on Monday night and several players were forced to complete that round Tuesday morning before results could be solidified.
The three-day, 54-hole tournament is being played at Palm Valley Golf Club, a par 72 course that measures 6,160 yards. Round Two will be competed on Tuesday and the final 18 holes will be played on Wednesday.
"Our goal for this event was to be in contention after round one and then stay in contention," said Cowgirl head coach Josey Stender. "Last year we played poorly at this event and shot in the 330's every round. We finished second to last, so this year we want to show how much we've improved. Although we didn't quite meet our goal of shooting 315, we did set the bar at a competitive level Monday and we just want to get better in each of the next two rounds. This is a regional field and one we should compete well in.
"We teed off late Monday, played in foursomes, which slowed play, and it was very hot, but despite those distractions, the team remained patient. I think that all of the recent hurdles we've been faced with have made this team stronger."
Cal Poly leads the team standings at 301 (+13), with Sacramento State and Oral Roberts two strokes back at 303. The remainder of the field is tightly bunched, as 13 schools are within 18 strokes of the leader, including the Cowgirls who are 16 back.
Hannah Brabb of Cal Poly and Christy Carter of Oral Roberts each shot an opening round of even-par 72 for a share of the individual lead.
Only three strokes in back of the leaders is Wyoming junior Laura Mengelkamp, whose score of 75 (+3) has her tied for sixth place in the field of 110 golfers. Cowgirl freshman Sarah Fogerty continued her solid play of late with a mark of 76 (+4) and is tied for 12th.
UW also counted rounds of 82 (+10) from sophomore Mikala Henzlik and 84 (+12) from freshman Jonelle Martinez towards their team score. Playing as an individual, Wyoming junior Lindsay Bauknecht notched a solid round of 84 as well.