April 10, 2007
Chandler, Ariz. -
The Wyoming Cowgirls, led by junior Laura Mengelkamp and freshman Jonelle Martinez, placed fourth on Tuesday in the inaugural Wyoming Cowgirl Classic played at Ocotillo Golf Resort in Chandler, Ariz. UW finished with a 54-hole total of 953 (+89) -- one stroke behind third-place Northern Colorado, which shot a 952 (+88). The team title was won by Northern Arizona, who outdistanced the field with a three-round score of 908 (+44). The University of British Columbia finished second at 943.
Wyoming had two individuals place among the Top 10 individuals in the two-day event. Mengelkamp concluded the tournament with a final round 76 to place fourth in the field of 49 collegiate golfers. Her 54-hole total of 14-over par 230 was nine strokes back of tournament champion Ali Carter of Northern Arizona, who shot a three-round total of 221, five-over par for the tournament.
Martinez recorded the first Top 10 finish of her career at Wyoming, placing eighth with an 18-over par total of 234.
The low round of the tournament was shot on Tuesday by Kelly Weisgarber of North Dakota State. She fired a one-under par round of 71 to become the only player in the three rounds to break par of 72.
"I was really pleased the way the tournament went in our first time hosting this event," said Josey Stender, head Cowgirl golf coach. "It was exciting for our program to host an event like this at such an outstanding course as Ocotillo.
"With the schools in this field, we knew the team competition would be close between several teams. Northern Arizona played a phenomenal tournament, and should be congratulated. We were right there in the fight for third with Northern Colorado but came up one stroke short. We had some mental errors in the final round, but we had a couple of individuals play really well in Laura (Mengelkamp) and Jonelle (Martinez).
"Now we have a week to prepare for the Mountain West Conference Championship. I think the Ocotillo course prepared us well for the conference championships. This course is similar to the one we will play in St. George, Utah, in that it is target golf. It won't be about how far you drive the ball, as much as it will be about hitting fairways and greens."
The 54-hole Cowgirl Classic featured two 18-hole rounds on Monday, April 9, with the final round being played on Tuesday, April 10. The Ocotillo Golf Resort course measured 6,108 yards and played to a par of 72.
Wyoming will travel to St. George, Utah on April 19-21 to play in the 2007 MWC Women's Golf Championship.