April 24, 2000
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming seniorJordan Lintz is seeking to make her final season a great one as she shot herway to second place in the first round of the 2000 Mountain West ConferenceWomen's Golf Championship on Monday. Lintz fired an opening roundthree-over par 75. She trails only Carrie Summerhays of Brigham Young, whoshot an even par 72 on the opening day.
Lintz, who has played outstanding golf all year, has posted afifth-place finish this season, a fourth-place finish, a third, and twosecond-place showings, but she is still looking for her first tournamentvictory this season. The Rapid City, S.D., native is also continuing tomake a strong bid for an NCAA West Regional berth as an individual. Sheentered the inaugural MWC Championship on Monday ranked No. 4 in theconference in stroke average with a 76.0 stroke per round average.
Cowgirl junior Jessi Santesson of Worland, Wyo., also shot anoutstanding first round score of 77, and finds herself in eighth place inthe field of 25 golfers
In the team competition, the first round was extremely close, withall five teams within nine strokes of one another. The Cowgirls entered theChampionship as the fifth seed, and ended the first day of competition infifth with a team score of 319. But UW is only four strokes back of SanDiego State (315). New Mexico is third at 311, and BYU and Colorado Stateare tied for the lead at 310. New Mexico entered the Championship rankedNo. 15 in the nation, while CSU was ranked No. 50 according to the mostrecent Golfstat MasterCard Collegiate Golf Rankings.
"Jordan (Lintz) and Jessi (Santesson) both came out and playedterrific rounds today," said UW women's golf coach Jill Johnson. "Jordanhas put herself in a position to challenge for the conference championship.She has worked extremely hard for this opportunity, and I couldn't behappier for her. Jessi (Santesson) looked like the player she was earlierthis spring. Her 77 was the best round she's had in a month. I think shegained some of her confidence back today.
"As a team, we are still within striking distance of the entirefield with two rounds to play. To move up, we're going to have to get athird and fourth player scoring consistently."
The tournament is being played at the Sunbrook Golf Club in St.George, Utah. The course plays to a par of 72 and measures 6,011 yards.The tournament is a 54-hole event with the second 18-hole round to be playedon Tuesday, April 25 and the final round on Wednesday, April 26.
Below are the first-round team scores and Wyoming's individualscores for the Mountain West Conference Championship.
1. Brigham Young 310 (+22) Colorado State 310 (+22)3. New Mexico 311 (+23)4. San Diego State 315 (+27)5. Wyoming 319 (+31)
Wyoming Individuals Place Scores
Jordan Lintz (Senior, Rapid City, S.D.) 2nd 75 (+3)Jessi Santesson (Junior, Worland, Wyo.) 8th 77 (+5)Kim Nissen (Freshman, Lakewood, Colo.) T21st 83 (+11)Jana Johnson (Junior, Buffalo, Wyo.) 23rd 84 (+12)Kelli Hanson (Sophomore, Gillette, Wyo.) 25th 100 (+28)