Sept. 11, 2007
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -
Continuing to show improvement as a program, the Wyoming Cowgirl golf team took another step forward on Tuesday when they finished the Ptarmigan/Ram Fall Classic 22 strokes better than their score last season.
UW shot a final round mark of 309 (+17) and completed the 54-hole event with a total of 924 (+60). Last season at the same tournament, the Cowgirls tallied 946 (+82).
Wyoming's scores from Monday included a round of 315 (+27) in the morning, followed by a school record 18-hole total of 300 (+12).
"We began today's round a little shaky and with a lot of adrenaline pumping, but eventually calmed down and hung in there at the finish," said Cowgirl head coach Josey Stender. "This was a great way for us to start the season, both as a team and individually. Our freshmen were introduced to college level golf and now know, as do the upperclassmen, our potential for the remainder of the season."
The Cowgirls ended the tournament in a tie for 11th place with Fresno State in the 20 team field. Both teams were four strokes in back of the 35th ranked and defending event champion Baylor Bears. The tournament field boasted six schools who are nationally ranked in the top-50 by Golfstat.
The Cal Golden Bears ran away with the team title by 19 strokes, totaling 868 (+4). Runner-up Washington State ended the event at 887 (+23).
The Bears' Shannon Yocum won individual medalist honors with a total of 214 (-2). Her teammate Pia Halbig placed second at 216 (E).
Wyoming's best event finish came from senior Laura Mengelkamp who shot a final round of 73 (+1) and tied for 21st place in the field of 105 golfers. Her 54-hole score was 224 (+8). Along with her team, Mengelkamp improved her scores from last year at the Ram Classic. She bested her `06 finish 19 places and her score five strokes.
The 54-hole event was held at the Ptarmigan Country Club, which plays to a par of 72 and measures 6,223 yards.
The Cowgirls will next compete at the Inland Empire Intercollegiate, Sept. 24-25 in Spokane, Wash.