Cowgirl Golf Plays Familiar, Difficult Course at BYU Dixie Classic

April 1, 2008

ST. GEORGE, Utah -

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The Wyoming Cowgirl golf team was in St. George, Utah on Tuesday for the first two rounds of the BYU Dixie Classic. UW scored 640 (+64) and is in eighth place of 13 teams with one round remaining to be played on Wednesday morning.

The Cowgirls did not get off to a good start and turned in a team scorecard of 321 (+33) during Round One, then shot a slightly better mark of 319 (+31) during the afternoon round.

The event-host BYU Cougars lead the field with a 36-hole total of 585 (+9). Nebraska is a distant second at 599 (+23), while Colorado State is third with 608 (+32).

The teams are playing Entrada at Snow Canyon, host of the last two MWC Women's Golf Championships. Entrada measures 6,151 yards and is par 72.

"On this course you really have to take advantage of certain holes since it is so tough," said Cowgirl head coach Josey Stender. "When you have a hard time with your short game, like we did today, that's hard to do. I saw a lot of good things out there today, but the bad things were big. We just need to maintain our confidence and the results will come. We know that we can score on this course, but we can't let up mentally. If we keep our mental game sharp we'll be fine."

Wyoming senior Laura Mengelkamp took advantage of her knowledge of Entrada, which she has played several times during her career, and shot a team best two round total of 152 (+8). Her mirror rounds of 76 (+4) place her 12th in the field of 72 players. Mengelkamp was steady throughout the day and recorded par 25 times. She also played the par-five holes well, one-under through both rounds.

Fellow UW senior Lindsay Bauknecht is tied for 30th with her total of 159 (+15). Cowgirl sophomore Jonelle Martinez eagled the par-five No. 1 hole during her second round to keep herself in the middle of the pack and tied for 44th.

BYU's Juli Erekson sits atop the individual leaderboard with her 36-hole total of 139 (-5). Teammate Natalia Jimenez is second at 143 (-1). Third place is the Cougars' Shayla Forsey with 147 (+3).