Cowgirl Team Concludes Season at 2005 MWC Women's Golf Championship

April 23, 2005

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The University of Wyoming women's golf team struggled with rainy conditions and ended their season today with the final 18 holes at the Mountain West Conference Tournament in Sunriver, Ore. Wyoming shot a team total of 344 (+60) and finished in sixth place.

Wyoming freshman Laura Mengelkamp concluded her solid freshman season and tied for 12th place. Mengelkamp fired a final round of eight-over 79, which combined with her earlier rounds of 78 and 74 gave her a total of 231 (+18).

"The weather made the course very long and tough today," said UW head women's coach Jill Rettinger. "I feel badly for the girls because the weather dampened their enthusiasm, but I'm proud of this team because they didn't give up and played hard.

"I can't say enough good things about how Laura played her tournament and how she played her whole year. It was a great tournament to end a great season for her."

UNLV captured its second straight MWC Women's Golf Championship. After a team score of 21-over, 292 in a wet and soggy final round, the 25th-ranked Rebels posted a three-day total of 898 to claim the 2005 championship by two strokes over 14th-ranked New Mexico, who finished with a 54-hole total of 900. This was the third consecutive year the MWC Women's Championship has been decided by two strokes or less. In 2003, New Mexico won the team title by one stroke over UNLV (890-891), while last year the Rebels defeated the Lobos (856-858) and halted New Mexico's streak of four straight Conference titles. Colorado State collected its fourth third place finish in the last six years with a team total of 907. BYU was fourth with a score of 925, followed by San Diego State fifth (954) and Wyoming sixth (993).

UNLV's Elena Kurokawa won the individual title with a three-day total of one-over 214. Kurokawa held the top spot after the first two days of the tournament and fired a final round score of one-over 72 to win medalist honors by four strokes over second place Rachel Newren of BYU. Newren shot a four-over 75 on the final 18 holes for a three-day total of five-over 218. Kristen Campos of Colorado State came in third place with a 54-hole score of seven-over 220, including a two-over 73 today.

The 2005 MWC Women's Golf Championships was 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+74+79=231 (+18, T 12th)Lindsay Bauknecht 81+80+88=249 (+36, 25th)Whitney Hernandez 85+81+87=253 (+40, T 27th)Michelle Camaione 88+82+90=260 (+47, 29th)Kaelee Aegerter 100+87+92=279 (+66, 30th)

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