April 6, 2009
CHANDLER, Ariz. -
The winds of Wyoming followed the University of Wyoming women's golf team to sunny Chandler, Ariz., for the first day of the Cowgirl Classic held at the Ocotillo Golf Resort on Monday afternoon.
The Cowgirls currently sit in a tie for seventh place out of 20 teams. They trail the leading Northern Arizona Lady Lumberjacks as they opened the first two rounds with a team 605 (+29). The host Cowgirls combined for a two-round total of 630 (+54).
With the shotgun start beginning at 7:30 a.m. (PT) the Cowgirls found themselves staring down a wind that they were all but accustomed to, however, with the sun shining in their face it was opposite what they usually encounter at the beautiful Ocotillo Golf Resort.
"Every other time we have play this course the wind blows in the same direction, today it was the exact opposite and it really increased the degree of difficulty," said UW head coach Josey Stender. "It was a bit of a struggle, but we figured it out for the second round."
The Cowgirls as a team shot an opening round 321, but backed it up with a team 302. Leading the way for the Cowgirls was junior Sarah Fogerty who enters the final round in a tie for 10th place. Her first round 75 (+3) was matched with her second round 78 (+6) was not effected by the wind.
"Once we settled down we played much better and made up some ground on the rest of the field," said Stender. "I told Jenna (Zamprelli) to play more aggressive and I told Molly (Black) to play more conservative and it really worked for both of them."
Sophomore Molly Black improved by nine strokes from her first round to finish the day in a tie for 74th place.
"We are only nine strokes out of a top-three finish and if we can be solid from start to finish we have a good chance," said Stender of the amount of strokes they trail Sacramento State of third place.
The Cowgirl Classic will conclude Tuesday in Chandler, Ariz., with a final 18 holes beginning at 7:30 a.m. (PT).