Cowgirl Golf Finishes 15th at the Hawaii Rainbow Invitational

March 29, 2001

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The Wyoming Cowgirls closed outthe final round of the 2001 Dr. Donnis Thompson Hawaii Rainbow Invitationalwith a round of 327 and finished 15th in a field of 18 of the top teams inthe country. The Cowgirls shot a three-round total of 988. Senior JanaJohnson, from Buffalo, Wyo., led the way for Wyoming with a final roundtwo-over par 74. Johnson tied for 37th place out of 97 golfers with a totalof 236.

Oklahoma State captured the team title with a 54-hole total of 895.Natalie Gulbis of Arizona won the individual crown, shooting an even-partotal of 216 for the three-day competition. Wyoming's Johnson and Gulbisshot identical rounds of 74 on the final day. They were two of only 10individuals to shoot a 74 or lower score in Thursday's final round.

"Jana (Johnson) played a great final round ," said Wyoming women'sgolf coach Jill Johnson. "It was the best round Jana has shot all season.Considering the difficulty of the course and the quality of the competition,it was one of the best rounds Jana has played during her collegiate career.

"Jana improved every round of the tournament. She began with around of 82 on Tuesday, shot an 80 on Wednesday and then put up the greatscore of 74 on Thursday. Jana has been working hard at improving her game,and that work paid off this week."

The tournament was played at the Olomana Golf Links in Waimanalo,Hawaii. The course measured 6,075 yards and played to a par of 72.

The Wyoming women's team will conclude their regular-season scheduleon April 9-10 at the BYU Dixie Classic in St. George, Utah, before competingin the Mountain West Conference Championship on April 23-25 in Sunriver,Ore.

Below are Wyoming's individual results and the final team scoresfrom the Hawaii Rainbow Invitational.

Wyoming individual results

Jana Johnson (Buffalo, Wyo.) Sr. 82-80-74=236 (+20) T37thAlison McGuire (Cheyenne, Wyo.) So. 82-84-85=251 (+35) T79thKim Nissen (Lakewood, Colo.) So. 82-86-85=253 (+37) T82ndTara Ludwig (Portland, Ore.) RSo. 86-84-83=253 (+37) T82ndJessi Santesson (Worland, Wyo.) Sr. 81-87-94=262 (+46) T92nd

Team Standings

1. Oklahoma State 8952. Arizona 8983. LSU 9004. Oklahoma 9105. TCU 9116. Oregon State 919 BYU 9198. Colorado State 9309. Minnesota 93310. Colorado 93811. Weber State 95412. UTEP 96213. Hawaii 96514. Wichita State 97315. Wyoming 98816. Cincinnati 98917. Montana State 100018. Osaka Gakuin (Japan) 1024