Cowgirls Complete First Day of MWC Championships

April 15, 2010

SEASIDE, Calif., - In the first day of the 2010 Mountain West Conference Championships the Wyoming Cowgirls stumbled out of the gates and find themselves in seventh place with a team 321 (+33), while New Mexico leads with a first day 294 (+6).

"This is a very difficult course, and it showed today," said director of Wyoming golf Joe Jensen. "I think that most of our girls got their nervousness out of the way and behind them. I look forward to them playing a lot looser tomorrow."

The Cowgirls had three 80's (+8) and one 81 (+9) count for their team score in the first day at the Black Horse Golf Course in Seaside, Calif. Senior Jonelle Martinez, junior Molly Black and sophomore Juanita Rico combined to shoot matching 80's while freshman Taylor Smalley had an opening 81. Fellow freshman Dana Zamprelli followed with a first round 89 (+17).

"Our girls just need to start building a little confidence on the course," said Jensen. "We are really close to making it over the hump and shooting some good solid scores."

The Cowgirls are only one stroke out of sixth place, behind the BYU Cougars, and only ten shots behind San Diego State. They have an opportunity to make up some ground on the very difficult Black Horse Golf Course. The second round will begin at 7 a.m. (MST) with live results at either www.themwc.com or www.golfstat.com.

Wyoming Team Results Hometown Class Scores/Place
Par 72
Jonelle Martinez Sante Fe, N.M. Sr. 80 (+8, T 20th)
Molly Black Bend, Ore. Jr. 80 (+8, T 20th)
Juanita Rico Calgary, Alberta So. 80 (+8, T 20th)
Taylor Smalley Pierre, S.D. Fr. 81 (+9, T 25th)
Dana Zamprelli Castle Rock, Colo. Fr. 89 (+17, 35th)
Cowgirls Team   321 (+33, 7th)