One Round Remains for Cowgirl Golf at the MWC Championship

April 21, 2006

ST. GEORGE, Utah -

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The University of Wyoming Cowgirl golf team made the slightest of improvements to their team score with a 320 (+32) on Friday at the 2006 Mountain West Conference Women's Golf Championship. That total is one-stroke better than their first round tally and gives UW a 36-hole total of 641 (+65) at the Entrada at Snow Canyon golf course in St. George. The Cowgirls remain in seventh place.

UNLV maintained their position atop the leader board after the Rebels carded a second day 303 (+15) and have a two day total of 594 (+18). New Mexico has moved into second place after firing 295 (+7) Friday. The Lobos are at 598 (+22) for the championship, only four strokes back. BYU (604) falls to third, while TCU is currently in fourth and has a 36-hole team score of 606. San Diego State is fifth (612), followed by Colorado State sixth (613) and Wyoming seventh.

"I wish we had scored better today because I know that we have the potential," said UW head coach Josey Stender. "However, our team score was better than our average (337) this semester, so that is a positive.

"We'll look to finish our season on a good note tomorrow, but to do that we will need a solid performance from the entire team."

Individually, TCU's Catherine Matranga played her way into first place shooting 71 (-1) for a two-round total of even-par 144. New Mexico's Mikaela Backstedt sits one stroke back of Matranga at 145 (+1) after shooting 73 (+1) on Friday. Py Bengtsson of New Mexico shot even-par to move into third place with a 36-hole total of 148 (+4).

Wyoming's Mikala Henzlik turned in one of her best rounds of the year and scored 75 (+3). The UW freshman now has a total of 154 (+10) and is tied for 19th out of 35 golfers.

"Mikala's round deserves mention," added Stender. "She is competing like we want in her first conference championship."

Just ahead of Henzlik is Cowgirl sophomore Laura Mengelkamp, who shot 77 (+5) in her second round. Mengelkamp, the Wyoming team-leader, is in a tie for 16th at 153 (+9).

UW sophomore Lindsay Bauknecht, after a sold first day, slipped a bit and ended up carding 82 (+10), which was still the third best Cowgirl score on the day.

For the second straight day the marks were high for UW's fourth and fifth competitors, juniors Whitney Hernandez at 86 (+14) and Michelle Camaione at 90 (+18).

The final round begins Saturday at 10 a.m. (MT). Wyoming will be paired with Colorado State.

Live scoring of the 2006 MWC Women's Golf Championship is available at www.TheMWC.com and Golfstat.com.