Wyoming Women Finish 16th at MountainView Collegiate

March 26, 2011

Tucson, Ariz.

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The University of Wyoming women's golf team carded a 308 (+20) during the final round of a highly-competitive MountainView Collegiate Invitational on Saturday to finish the event with the fifth best tournament score in program history at +46 (910). The Cowgirls slipped to 16 of 18 in the final standings at the MountainView Golf Course, as No. 14 Iowa State won at -7 (857), but were just 12 strokes behind the 10th-place team.

"We would have liked to finish a little higher in the team race, but coming into the tournament we wanted to get more consistent so I'm pleased we accomplished that," UW head coach Josey Stender said. "In the final round we had a couple of girls really struggle on the greens. They were hitting the ball well, but weren't rolling it well."

Junior Juanita Rico concluded an excellent tournament with a 75 (+3) in the final round for a total of 219 (+3) to tie the fifth best individual tournament score in Cowgirl history. Rico earned two birdies and three bogeys during the round and was one over entering the final hole, but ended with a double bogey to finish tied for 19th in the individual standings.

"Juanita had a bad break at the end, but overall this was a great event for her," Stender said.

Freshman Emily Wood also shot a 75 (+3) on the day, just two strokes off her career best, despite severe blisters on the balls of her feet. Her three-round total of 234 (+18) tied her for 75th.

"She was a real trooper today," Stender said. "She was mentally tough all day. I'm proud of her to come in with a good score despite feeling the way she did."

Senior Molly Black and freshman Stacey Blunt both carded a 79 (+7) in the final round, as Black tied for 64th at 230 (+14) and Blunt tied for 84th at 238 (+22). Sophomore Taylor Smalley rounded out UW's competitors with an 82 (+10) on the final day to tie for 69th at 232 (+16).

Wyoming continues its season by hosting the Cowgirl Classic on April 4-5 in Chandler Ariz., at the Ocotillo Golf Resort.

"We are always excited about hosting our own tournament," Stender said. "We have a great sense of pride when we come to the club knowing our name is on a very beautiful course."

MountainView Collegiate Final Standings
1. No. 14 Iowa State: -7 (285-284-288=857)
2. No. 24 Oklahoma: -1 (294-284-285=863)
3. No. 12 Arkansas: E (286-292-286=864)
4. No. 28 Colorado: +9 (292-292-290=873)
5. No. 39 Minnesota: +19 (287-298-298=883)
16. Wyoming: +46 (295-307-308=910)

Wyoming Final Results
T19. Juanita Rico: 72 (E) - 72 (E) - 75 (+3) = 219 (+3)
T64. Molly Black: 73 (+1) - 78 (+6) - 79 (+7) = 230 (+14)
T69. Taylor Smalley: 73 (+1) - 77 (+5) - 82 (+10) = 232 (+16)
T75. Emily Wood: 77 (+5) - 82 (+10) - 75 (+3) = 234 (+18)
T84. Stacey Blunt: 79 (+7) - 80 (+8) - 79 (+7) = 238 (+22)