Wyoming's Mengelkamp Leads Islander Spring Classic

March 14, 2005

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming women's golf team played the first 36 holes on Monday in Corpus Christi, Texas, at the Islander Spring Classic, and found themselves with the overall individual leader and only seven strokes back as a team . Wyoming's two-round team score of 643 has them tied for third place in a nine team field. UW led the team standings after a first round of 319 then dropped two spots with 324 in the second round.

Cowgirl freshman Laura Mengelkamp notched scores of 73 (+1) and 76 (+4) during the first day of competition, which has her in first place of 47 golfers. Mengelkamp leads McNeese State's Maria Engstrom, 150 (+6), by one stroke and Laura Walker of Arkansas-Little Rock, 153 (+9), by four strokes. Not far back is Wyoming's Kayla Morrison who is tied for sixth place with a two-round total of 158 (+14). Morrison shot a 78 (+6) and an 80 (+8) during Monday's rounds, two of her better scores on the season.

McNeese State University currently leads the team standings with 636 strokes, followed by North Texas at 641 and Wyoming and Arkansas-Little Rock with 643. The final 18 holes will be played Tuesday morning.

"It will be fun tomorrow since we are in contention for both the team and individual title," said UW head coach Jill Rettinger. "We have put ourselves in good shape, and now we'll see who shows up ready to play round three. All five of the girls need to play well tomorrow for us to move up."

Wyoming Individual Results    Scores

Laura Mengelkamp 73+76=149 (+5, 1st)Kayla Morrison 78+80=158 (+14, T 6th)Lindsay Bauknecht 85+81=166 (+22, T 16th)Michelle Camaione 83+89=172 (+28, T 26th)Shala Hanson 92+87=179 (+35, 40th)

Place School Score (through 36 holes)

1 McNeese State 6362 North Texas 6413 Wyoming 643 Arkansas-Little Rock 6435 Texas State 6606 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 6647 McLennan CC 6818 Sam Houston State 6909 Texas Southern 776