UW in Ninth Place After the First Two Rounds of the Xavier St. Croix Collegiate Classic

March 13, 2004

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The Wyoming Cowgirl golf team will enter Sunday's final round of the Xavier St. Croix Collegiate Classic in ninth place out of 14 teams. The tournament is being played in St. Croix, Virgin Islands, and is being hosted by Xavier University.

Wyoming fired a second round score of 323 on Saturday, which was five strokes better than Friday's opening round of 328. UW junior Shala Hanson shot an eight-over par 80 in the second round, and is tied for 16th place out of 82 individuals. Hanson opened with a five-over par 77 on Friday, and carries a two-round total of 13-over par 157 into Sunday's final 18 holes. She is only nine strokes back of the tournament leader, Kristina Rothengatte of SMU. Rothengatte posted a four-over par total of 148 through the first two rounds.

In the team competition, SMU holds a 13-stroke lead over Baylor. SMU will tee off on Sunday with a 31-over par total of 607. Baylor will begin Sunday's round at 44-over par 620. Wyoming stands at 75-over par 651. The Cowgirls are within striking distance of both Illinois and Notre Dame. Illinois is only four strokes ahead of UW. The Illini sit at 71-over par 647. Notre Dame is eight strokes ahead of Wyoming at 67-over par 643

"We continue to improve," said UW women's golf coach Jill Rettinger. "Kayla (Morrison) and Michelle (Camaione) both lowered their scores today (Saturday). Kayla shot a 79, which was six strokes better than her first round, and Michelle had an 81 -- four strokes better than her opening round score.

"Shala (Hanson) is playing very consistently right now. She opened the tournament with a great score of 77 on Friday, and was only four shots out of the lead. She came back with a solid 80 today (Saturday), and is within three strokes of fifth place.

"Ashley (Cariveau) is also playing steady golf. Ashley shot 81 and 83, and is tied with Kayla, heading into the final day."

The Xavier St. Croix Collegiate Classic is being played at the Carambola Golf Club in St. Croix, Virgin Islands. The course measures 6,020 yards, and plays to a par of 72.

The third and final round of the 54-hole event will tee off Sunday morning in St. Croix, Virgin Islands.

Team Standings                     Scores

1. SMU 296-311=607 (+31)2. Baylor 306-314=620 (+44)3. Xavier 326-310=636 (+60) Boston College 326-310=636 (+60) Illinois State 318-318=636 (+60)6. Texas Tech 317-321=638 (+62)7. Notre Dame 316-327=643 (+67)8. Illinois 319-328=647 (+71)9. Wyoming 328-323=651 (+75)10. Texas State 336-323=659 (+83)11. Texas-Pan American 342-328=670 (+94)12. Wichita State 332-339=671 (+95)13. Longwood 346-332=678 (+102)14. Rend Lake 368-370=738 (+162)

Wyoming Team Results Class Scores Place

Shala Hanson (Lake Oswego, Ore.) Jr. 77-80=157 (+13) Tie 16thKayla Morrison (St. Mary's, W.Va.) Fr. 85-79=164 (+20) Tie 41stAshley Cariveau (Rapid City, S.D.) Sr. 81-83=164 (+20) Tie 41stMichelle Camaione (Upland, Calif.) Fr. 85-81=166 (+22) Tie 45thAryn Cariveau (Rapid City, S.D.) Sr. 91-91=182 (+38) Tie 73rd