Cowgirl Golf Team Captures Fifth Place at Oral Roberts Invitational

March 19, 2002

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Led by senior Tara Ludwig and junior Alison McGuire, the Wyoming Cowgirls posted their best tournament finish of the season, placing fifth out of 13 teams at the Oral Roberts University Invitational. Ludwig tied for fifth place individually and McGuire finished in a tie for seventh.

The tournament was originally scheduled for 36 holes, 18 holes each on Monday, March 18 and Tuesday, March 19, but the final round on Tuesday was rained out. Wyoming ended with a 36-over par total of 324. Ludwig fired a four-over par 76, while McGuire was only one stroke back at five-over par 77.

"I'm really proud of how everyone on our team played," said UW women's golf coach Jill Rettinger. "We played so well, we were really looking forward to Tuesday's round, but the weather didn't cooperate.

"This is Tara's (Ludwig) second strong tournament in a row. She finished 26th last week at East Carolina's tournament. Alison (McGuire) was right there with Tara this week, shooting a 77. It was only the fifth round (out of 16 total rounds) this season that we've had two individuals shoot in the 70s in the same round.

"Our fifth-place showing was one of the best tournaments we've had in awhile. This is the type of tournament we can build on for the rest of the season."

Finishing fifth out of 13 teams at the ORU Invitational marked the best finish for the Cowgirls since October of 1999 when Wyoming placed second out of 14 teams at the Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islander.

Host Oral Roberts won the team title, firing a 22-over par round of 310. Heather MacRae of McLennan Community College won the individual title, with a two-under par round of 70. MacRae was the only golfer in the field of 65 golfers to shoot under par.

The ORU Invitational was played on the Battle Creek Golf Club in Broken Arrow, Okla. The course measured 6,128 yards and played to a par of 72.

Wyoming will have a couple of weeks off before returning to action on April 1-2 at the Inland Empire Intercollegiate in Spokane, Wash. Eastern Washington University and Gonzaga University will serve as the hosts for the Inland Empire.

Wyoming Individual Results

Tara Ludwig Sr. Portland, Ore. Tied 5th 76 (+4)Alison McGuire Jr. Cheyenne, Wyo. Tied 7th 77 (+5)Kim Nissen Jr. Lakewood, Colo. Tied 31st 84 (+12)Shala Hanson Fr. Lake Oswego, Ore. Tied 49th 87 (+15)Katherine Crowley Sr. Sugar Land, Texas Tied 56th 89 (+17)

Team Standings

1. Oral Roberts 3102. North Texas 3153. McLennan CC 3164. Southwest Texas State 3215. Wyoming 3246. Lamar 3267. McNeese State 3298. Idaho State 3349. Northeastern Oklahoma 33610. Centenary 33711. Oklahoma City 34012. Missouri-Kansas City 34713. Southwest Missouri 356