Wyoming's Mengelkamp Tied For 14th After One Round at MWC Tournament

April 21, 2005

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The University of Wyoming women's golf team began play today with 18 holes at the Mountain West Conference Tournament in Sunriver, Ore. After one round UW is in sixth place.

Wyoming freshman Laura Mengelkamp led the Cowgirls and finished the opening round in the same position she was ranked heading into the tournament, tied for 14th place. Mengelkamp shot a score of 78 (+7) and is nine strokes back of the individual lead.

"Laura played pretty steady today but didn't putt as well as she'd like to have," said UW head women's coach Jill Rettinger. "She knows she can improve and is encouraged by that going into tomorrow.

"As a team we have some work to do to catch San Diego State. We played tentative and tight today, so hopefully tomorrow the girls will come out and play like they have nothing to lose."

Defending MWC Champion UNLV leads the six team field after the first day of action. The Rebels carded a team total of 295 (+11) for round one and hold a five shot advantage over New Mexico, who currently sits second at 300 (+16). Colorado State is third with a team score of 302 (+18), followed by BYU in fourth (304), San Diego State fifth (316) and Wyoming sixth (332).

Individually, UNLV's Elena Kurokawa of UNLV stands alone in first place with her two-under par 69. BYU's Rachel Newren sits one stroke behind the leader with a one-under 70, followed by New Mexico teammates Christine Fernandez and Christina Spence, who are tied for third with identical scores of one-over 72.

The second round will begin at 10 a.m. (MT) Friday morning, with the final 18 holes beginning Saturday at 10 a.m. Live scoring of the 2005 MWC Women's Golf Championship is available at www.TheMWC.com and Golfstat.com.

The 2005 MWC Women's Golf Championships is being played at Sunriver Resort, the Meadows Course. The Meadows measures 6,312 yards and plays to a par of 71.

UW Individual Results   Scores

Laura Mengelkamp 78 (+7, T 14th)Lindsay Bauknecht 81 (+10, T 23rd)Whitney Hernandez 85 (+14, 28th)Michelle Camaione 88 (+17, 29th)Kaelee Aegerter 100 (+29, 30th)

See complete results at http://www.golfstat.com.