April 2, 2008
ST. GEORGE, Utah -
The Wyoming Cowgirl golf team shot their best score of the event, 318 (+30), on Wednesday in St. George, Utah at the BYU Dixie Classic, but did not improve their position from the start of the day and finished in eighth place of 13 teams.
UW's three-round total was 958 (+94). The Cowgirls shot 321 (+33) and 319 (+31) on Tuesday.
Wyoming senior Laura Mengelkamp completed an event trifecta on Wednesday by firing her third consecutive round of 76 (+4). Laura's total of 228 (+12) was UW's best and good for a 12th place tie out of 72 players. She had 35 pars over 54 holes and was one-under on the par-fives. This was the fifth time Mengelkamp had played a tournament on the Entrada course in her four-year UW career and it was her best score. Her previous best score at Entrada was 14 over-par.
After a tough first day, Cowgirl sophomore Sarah Fogerty recovered nicely and turned in a solid final round of 78 (+6), despite a quadruple bogey which threatened to spoil her day.
"On this course you need all parts of your game working in order to score well," said Cowgirl head coach Josey Stender. "At no point can you falter or you could be looking at a big number. That said, it was good for us to play this course heading into our home event and the MWC Championship. We needed that kind of challenge. We are now in a good position as a team because of all the different types of courses we've played this season and the different kind of fields we've played against."
The event-host BYU Cougars won their second consecutive Dixie Classic team title with a score of 889 (+25). With a good final round of 295 (+7) the Nebraska Cornhuskers pulled close to BYU and made the team race interesting, but ultimately placed second with a 54-hole total of 894 (+30). Colorado State was third at 913 (+49).
BYU's Juli Erekson, who placed third in 2007, earned top medalist honors this year with a three-round mark of 215 (-1). There was a three-way tie for second place at 222 (+6) between the Cougars' Shayla Forsey, as well as NU teammates Charlotte Wendner and Kate White.
The teams played Entrada at Snow Canyon, host of the last two MWC Women's Golf Championships. Entrada measures 6,151 yards and is par 72. This was the 22nd annual Dixie Classic.
Wyoming will play host at their next tournament, the second annual Cowgirl Classic in Chandler, Ariz. A total of 15 teams will play three rounds over two days, April 7-8 at Ocotillo Golf Resort.