April 20, 2007
ST. GEORGE, Utah -
On Friday, the University of Wyoming Cowgirl golf team improved four strokes from their opening round mark at the 2007 Mountain West Conference Women's Golf Championship in St. George, Utah, and now find themselves in somewhat unfamiliar territory at the league championship, in contention to move up on the final day.
The Cowgirls carded a second round score of 317 (+33), which combined with 321 from Thursday gives them a 36-hole total of 638 (+70). Wyoming is tied with San Diego State for sixth place and is only one stroke back of defending MWC team champion UNLV.
BYU shot 306 (+22) on Friday and has a two-day total of 600 (+32). TCU remains in second place after also firing a 306 for round two, bringing them to 606 (+38) for the event. New Mexico stands third after carding 304 (+20) on the second day, moving them to 618 (+50) through 36-holes. Colorado State is currently in fourth at 627, while UNLV is fifth (637) followed by San Diego State and Wyoming (638).
The tight team scores will make for an exciting final round of 18 holes to be played at the championship on Saturday, with tee times starting at 9:30 a.m. (MT).
"Our score today was four shots better than yesterday, but really a much better score than that considering the windy and cool weather," said second-year Cowgirl head coach Josey Stender. "Some of the more experienced players stepped up and gave us good scores when we really needed them. Today was an example of what I've been talking about all year, in that we're deeper and more competitive. Our fifth score from yesterday (Henzlik) shot our best score today.
"This team believes we can play in this field, despite that it is the toughest competition we've seen all year. We are right where we want to be heading into the final round, with a great opportunity to move up. I can't say enough how proud I am of this team."
UW's best round of the day came from sophomore Mikala Henzlik who scored 77 (+6). Despite not scoring a birdie on the day, Henzlik avoided the big numbers, had 12 pars and all marks no higher than bogey on each hole. She is tied for 23rd place with Cowgirl junior Lindsay Bauknecht, both totaling 161 (+19). Bauknecht shot 79 (+8) on Friday.
Wyoming junior Laura Mengelkamp had a tough day for her standards and scored 80 (+9). Mengelkamp still holds the team's highest placement in the field of 35 golfers, as she is tied for 14th with a two round total of 156 (+14).
Individually, BYU's Rachel Newren played her way into sole possession of first place after shooting a second round 74 (+3) for a 36-hole total of 146 (+4). New Mexico's Jodi Ewart and TCU's Valentine Derrey sit two strokes back of Newren at 148 (+6). Ewart carded the lowest round of the day with an even par 71. Day one leader, Catherine Matranga of TCU, shot 78 (+7) and dropped into a fourth place tie with UNLV's Natasha Krishna.
For the second straight year, the league championship is being played at Entrada at Snow Canyon, a par 71, 6,210 yard course.
There have been no rounds under par recorded so far at the MWC Championship on the difficult Entrada layout. Scores on Friday averaged higher than they had on Thursday, 79.11 compared to 78.79.
The team pairings will remain the same in the final round as they were in round two; Wyoming with San Diego State, UNLV with Colorado State, while BYU, New Mexico and TCU are in the final group.
The MWC has provided live stats for the Championship. The live stats link can be found on the MWC Golf Championship webpage at www.TheMWC.com. Simply click the golf championship link to track all the action. A live stat link can also be found directly at Golfstat.com.