Hanson Paces Wyoming at the First Round of MWC Women's Golf Championship

April 24, 2003

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Following a snowstorm in Sunriver, Ore., on Wednesday night, the 2003 Mountain West Conference Women's Golf Championship was moved to Ambrey Glen Golf Course in Bend, Ore., for its opening round on Thursday. The tournament teed off at 1:00 p.m. rather than 9 a.m. The Wyoming Cowgirls find themselves in sixth place in the six-team field after the first day's competition. UNLV is trying to be the first team other than New Mexico to capture a MWC Women's Golf Championship.

UNLV leads the tournament by four strokes heading into Friday's second round. UNLV shot an opening round 305 to lead Colorado State, which shot a 309. Wyoming shot an opening round 335. The New Mexico Lobos have won each of the first three Mountain West Conference Women's Golf Championships. The Lobos find themselves 11 strokes back after the opening round, with a 316 score.

Sunny Oh of UNLV leads in the individual race, firing an opening round of one-over par 73. She leads Katrina Leckovic of New Mexico by one stroke. Wyoming's top scorer in Thursday's first round was sophomore Shala Hanson, who shot a seven-over par 79 to tie for 12th.

"We woke up with snow this morning, and ended up moving the tournament to Bend (Ore.) on a course we hadn't ever played before," said Wyoming women's golf coach Jill Rettinger. "I can't say enough about the way the girls adjusted to the conditions.

"Shala Hanson shot an outstanding round of 79. I was really proud of the way she played. We need to get more consistent play from top to bottom to move up in the standings, but we have two rounds remaining to see what we can do."

The Mountain West Conference Championship will continue with its second of three rounds on Friday, April 25 in Bend, Ore., at the Ambrey Glen Golf Course. The Mountain West Conference has six of its eight member schools that sponsor women's golf. The third and final 18-hole round will be played Saturday, April 26.

Wyoming Individual Results         Class Scores   Place

Shala Hanson (Lake Oswego, Ore.) So. 79 (+7) Tie 12thMimi Urish (Lander, Wyo.) Sr. 84 (+12) Tie 23rdAlison McGuire (Cheyenne, Wyo.) Sr. 86 (+14) Tie 27thKim Nissen (Lakewood, Colo.) Sr. 86 (+14) Tie 27thAshley Cariveau (Rapid City, S.D.) Jr. 89 (+17) 30th

Team Standings

1. UNLV 3052. Colorado State 3093. Brigham Young 3144. New Mexico 3165. San Diego State 3216. Wyoming 335

Place Name School Scores

1 Sunny Oh UNLV 73 +12 Katrina Leckovic New Mexico 74 +23 Lynette Duran Col. St. 76 +4 Sandy Kim S.Diego St 76 +4 Hwanhee Lee UNLV 76 +46 Mayumi Motoyama Col. St. 77 +5 Symantha Mendenhall BYU 77 +5 Danielle von Arnim BYU 77 +5 Stephanie Linnell Col. St. 77 +510 Erin Borcherts UNLV 78 +6 Christine Hentzner UNLV 78 +612 Kailin Downs New Mexico 79 +7 Shayna Miyajima S.Diego St 79 +7 Shala Hanson Wyoming 79 +7 Trisha Quick Col. St. 79 +7 Elena Kurokawa UNLV 79 +717 Margaret Gibby BYU 80 +8 Natalie Newren BYU 80 +819 Catalina Guacaneme BYU 81 +9 Kellyn Newman New Mexico 81 +921 Christina Spence New Mexico 82 +10 Jennifer Hoene S.Diego St 82 +1023 Shannon Johnson New Mexico 84 +12 Claire Riley S.Diego St 84 +12 Mimi Urish Wyoming 84 +1226 Dawna Virdell Col. St. 85 +1327 Kim Nissen Wyoming 86 +14 Alison McGuire Wyoming 86 +1429 Toni Lutz S.Diego St 87 +1530 Ashley Cariveau Wyoming 89 +17