Cowgirls Break Team Record in Opening Tournament

Sept. 9, 2008


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The Ptarmigan Country Club has become a home away from home for the Wyoming Cowgirl golf team as they set the low team event score record Tuesday with a total of 900 strokes (+36) and a 12th place team finish at this year's Ram Fall Classic.

The Ptarmigan Country Club is the home of three of the top five team scores in UW history and this marks the third time in five years that the Cowgirls have re-written the record books while playing in Fort Collins, Colo.

The Cowgirls wrote their names in the low team round top five twice this weekend with their second and third rounds of the tournament. The second round of 295 (+7) was good for second-best all-time behind that of the MDA Invitational held in Spokane, Wash., a year ago. Their final round of 299 (+11) was good for third best in Wyoming history.

The lady linksters were again led by junior Jonelle Martinez who finished the tournament tied for 23rd place with her final round 73 (+1). After three rounds her total was 219, just three strokes over par, good for second best All-Time as the low individual event score with a minimum of 54 holes to par.

"Jonelle had a solid tournament and she will continue to get better and better as the season progresses," said head coach Josey Stender. "I am really impressed and proud of our girls as they showed just how hard they have been working all summer."

Junior Sarah Fogerty and sophomore Jenna Zamprelli followed Martinez with identical 78's (+6), which had them tied for 47th overall with a combined score of 226 (+10). Freshman Juanita Rico and sophomore Molly Black shot matching 74's (+2), to climb their individual ranking to 75th and 86th respectively.

"I am pleased with the way that Juanita and Molly bounced back today with great rounds after shaking some of the nerves from yesterday," said Stender. "Juanita played great as a freshman in her first tournament as a Cowgirl and was very impressive on the front nine coming in at the turn three under par."

Up next for Wyoming will be the Dick McGuire Invitational hosted by the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, Thursday, Sept., 18th through Saturday Sept., 20th. The Cowgirls will then turn right around and travel to Denver, Colo., to participate in the Ron Moore Invitational hosted by the University of Denver.

"They will be two great tournaments with very strong fields and as long as our girls keep playing against the best they will start to see that they can beat the best," finished Stender.