Cowgirls Finish Fifth At MWC Women's Golf Championships

April 26, 2001

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Wyoming senior Jana Johnson, from Buffalo, Wyo., saved the best round of her college career for last, shooting a one-over par round of 72 on Wednesday at the 2001 Mountain West Conference Women's Golf Championship. Johnson's 72 moved her up four spots in the final round to a tie for 18th place with teammate Alison McGuire at 230, seventeen over par for 54 holes.

As a team, Wyoming shot their best single round of golf in four seasons, firing a 307 on Wednesday. The Cowgirls posted a 54-hole total of 936.

"Although we finished fifth, I'm proud of the way the girls competed this week," said Wyoming women's golf coach Jill Johnson. "Our 307 today was the best round we've shot all season. The seniors played extremely well in the final round -- Jana (Johnson) shooting a 72 and Jessi (Santesson) a 76. We play in a very tough league with three of the five schools virtually assured of spots in the NCAA Regionals and a fourth team, BYU, feeling very good about their chances to get in the NCAAs.

"The girls realize how far they've come this season, and how much they've improved. With three of our five competitors coming back next year, I believe the experience they gained will be a big plus heading into next season."

New Mexico won the team competition with a 54-hole total of 861. Ryley Webb, a senior for New Mexico, won the individual championship, firing a four-under par total of 209 for three rounds.

Jana Johnson's previous best round as a collegian was 74, which she shot during both her junior and senior seasons. While UW's Johnson moved up from 22nd to 18th place in the final day of competition, McGuire, a sophomore from Cheyenne, Wyo., posted a score of 79 on Wednesday and fell from a tie for ninth place down to 18th. In the first two rounds, McGuire shot back-to-back career best rounds of 77 and 74, respectively.

The 2001 MWC Women's Golf Championship was played on the Meadows Course at the Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Ore. The course measured 5,851 yards and played to a par of 71.

The tournament format was three 18-hole rounds, with one round each played on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, April 23-25.

Below are Wyoming's individual results and the final team scores from the 2001 MWC Women's Golf Championship.

  Wyoming individual results  Alison McGuire (Cheyenne, Wyo.)       So.     77-74-79=230 (+17)    T18th  Jana Johnson (Buffalo, Wyo.)          Sr.     80-78-72=230 (+17)    T18th  Jessi Santesson (Worland, Wyo.)       Sr.     81-80-76=237 (+24)    22nd  Tara Ludwig (Portland, Ore.)          RSo.    79-85-80=244 (+31)    24th  Kim Nissen (Lakewood, Colo.)          So.     84-80-81=245 (+32)    25th

Team Standings 1. New Mexico 293-285-283=861 (+9) 2. Colorado State 302-290-295=887 (+35) San Diego State 300-296-291=887 (+35) 4. Brigham Young 311-292-297=900 (+48) 5. Wyoming 317-312-307=936 (+84)