Wyoming's Mengelkamp Only One Stroke Back at Bobcat Desert Classic

March 14, 2007

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -

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With one round remaining to be played today, University of Wyoming junior Laura Mengelkamp is only one stroke behind the individual leaders at the Bobcat Desert Classic. Mengelkamp has recorded consecutive steady rounds of 75 (+3) during the first two rounds of competition, and her total of 150 (+6) places her in a three-way tie for fourth place with Oral Roberts' Christy Carter and Cal Poly's Jessica Huss.

There is also a three-way tie atop the leaderboard, with North Texas' Tara Lambright, Cal Poly's Hannah Brabb and Northern Arizona's Ali Carter all bunched at 149 (+5).

Two golfers are tied for seventh place, two strokes back at 151 (+7) in the field of 110 participants.

The Cowgirl team shot a round of 320 (+32) on Tuesday and that mark puts them in a tie for 11th place of 20 teams. Joining UW, Montana also has a 36-hole total of 637 (+61). Four teams are within a ten stroke cushion in front of Wyoming, leaving UW a realistic chance to move up in the standings with a good final round.

"As a team we have our work cut out for us Wednesday," said Cowgirl head coach Josey Stender. "We need to finish on a positive note and catch a few teams that are close. Laura has put herself in great position heading into the third round. I'm very proud of her."

Cal Poly leads the team standings with 607 (+31) strokes, while Oral Roberts is second at 611 and Sacramento State is third with a total of 615.

Scores that also counted towards Wyoming's team score on Tuesday included: sophomore Mikala Henzlik (79), as well as freshmen Sarah Fogerty (81) and Jonelle Martinez (85).

The three-day, 54-hole tournament, hosted by Montana State, is being played at Palm Valley Golf Club, a par 72 course that measures 6,160 yards. The final 18 holes are being competed on Wednesday.