Sept. 10, 2007
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -
In a splendid start to the 2007-08 season, the Wyoming Cowgirl golf team broke the school record for low team round on Monday at the Ptarmigan/Ram Fall Classic in Fort Collins, Colo.
All five Cowgirls shot solid second round scores in the 70's, of which the best four totaled an all-time best 300 (+12). The four counting rounds contributed 11 birdies towards that total.
The previous Cowgirl school record for a team round was +15, which had been achieved three times, most recently in 2003 at this same event.
With 36 holes in the books, UW carded 615 (+39) and is in 11th place in the 20 team field. Wyoming is only four strokes in back of the 35th ranked and defending event champion Baylor Bears, who are in tenth. The tournament field boasts six schools who are nationally ranked in the top-50 by Golfstat.
Wyoming's morning round tally was 315 (+27).
"I knew we would be a better team this year and now I'm beginning to realize the potential of this group after their performance today," said Cowgirl head coach Josey Stender. "I'm so excited for them. They used aggressive and smart play to give themselves birdie chances all afternoon. There were few holes with big numbers and they improved in the second round by learning from their morning round.
"The freshmen (Black and Zamprelli) were composed, and each member of this team knew they could play well in this strong, nationally ranked field. Fatigue was not a factor, as their fitness level, both mental and physical, was high.
"Tomorrow this team will need to maintain focus and control emotions in order to finish strong."
Stepping right into her role as a senior leader, Cowgirl Laura Mengelkamp led by example and shot rounds of 78 (+6) and 73 (+1). Mengelkamp is tied for 32nd in the large field of 105 golfers with 151 (+7) total strokes.
UW sophomore Jonelle Martinez scored consistent rounds of 77 (+5) and 76 (+4). She is tied for 39th place in the standings.
In their first collegiate competition, Wyoming freshmen Jenna Zamprelli and Molly Black showed that they can contribute this season in a big way. Zamprelli carded 81 (+9) in the morning round, but then came back in the afternoon with a very good score of 74 (+2). Black recorded rounds of 80 (+8) and 77.
Rounding out UW's traveling squad was sophomore Sarah Fogerty, who shot respectable marks of 80 and 79 (+7).
The Cal Golden Bears, 581 (+5), have the team lead through two rounds and hold an 11 stroke advantage over second place Colorado. Campbell's Mary Mattson is the individual leader at 142 (-2).
One final round of 18 holes will be played Tuesday morning.
The 54-hole event is being held at the Ptarmigan Country Club, which plays to a par of 72 and measures 6,223 yards. Live scoring for the tournament is available at www.golfstat.com.