UW Finishes Bearkat Invitational in 11th Place

March 11, 2003

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming women's golf team finished competition at the Bearkat Invitational Tuesday in Huntsville, Texas. The Cowgirls shot a three round total of 989 to finish the tournament in 11th place. Arkansas-Little Rock won the tournament with a three round total of 921.

Wyoming's top individual finisher in the tournament was senior Allison McGuire who finished in a tie for 32nd place with a three day total of 245. Sophomore Shala Hanson trailed McGuire by just one stroke and finished in a tie for 36th with a total of 246. The best Cowgirl round was a four over par 76 shot by senior Kim Nissen on Tuesday.

"We played so much better today," replied UW head coach Jill Rettinger. "We were a little disappointed after yesterday but we did a good job of coming back today. As a team we shot 24 strokes better than our second round yesterday. Our seniors really stepped up and their leadership took over. Overall, I am very pleased with the way we played today."

The overall tournament champion was SMU's Missy Ryan who fired a three round total of 222. Ryan was four strokes better than the rest of the field. Amanda Fisher of Oral Roberts University placed second with a score of 226.

The 2003 Bearkat Invitational was held at Del Lago Resort in Huntsville, Texas. The course measures at 5,867 yards and is a played to a par of 72.

The Cowgirls will have nearly a month off before they return to action at the Brigham Young Dixie Classic. The tournament will be held in St. George Utah and will run from April 7-8. This will be the Cowgirls final tune-up before the Mountain West Conference Championships which will be held April 24-26 in Sunriver, Oregon.

Wyoming Individual Results   Class  ScoresPlace

Alison McGuire (Cheyenne, Wyo.) Sr. 84+82+79=245Tie 32ndShala Hanson (Lake Oswego, Ore.) So. 79+86+81=246Tie 36thAshley Cariveau (Rapid City, S.D.) Jr. 82+83+83=248Tie 42ndKim Nissen (Lakewood, Colo.) Sr. 83+92+76=251Tie 52ndAryn Cariveau (Rapid City, S.D.) Jr. 94+92+84=27070th

Team Standings 1st Rd. 2nd Rd. 3rd Rd. Total

1. Arkansas-Little Rock 315 304 302 9212.SMU 311 304 307 9223. Texas-El Paso 311 320 306 9374. Oral Roberts 318 305 320 9435. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 315 317 316 9486. Texas-Pan American 327 322 312 9617. Sam Houston State 334 329 305 9688. Southwest Texas State 329 328 313 9709. Lamar 324 330 322 97610.McLennan CC 335 329 324 98811.Wyoming 328 342 319 98912.McNeese State 341 349 326 101613.Nicholls State 337 341 340 101814. Chicago State 410 412 389 121115. North Texas 324 313