Sept. 12, 2006
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -
The University of Wyoming Cowgirl golf team completed the Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic in Fort Collins, Colo., on Tuesday with a 21-stroke improvement over their result at the same event last season. With a steady final team round of 310 (+22), Wyoming ended competition totaling 946 (+82), compared to 967 in 2005.
After an opening round of 313 on Monday and then a weather shortened afternoon round, UW on Tuesday closed out the second round with a difficult 323 before ending with their best round of the event to place 15th of 17 schools. Wyoming had finished last at the Ram Fall Classic the previous year.
This tournament was an example of the type of progress that Cowgirl head coach Josey Stender is hoping for from this year's UW squad. "We were able to travel some individuals to this event and our depth was very apparent," said Stender. "It was great to see several different players go low during our rounds. Our freshmen showed that they can play at this level and our veteran players persevered through some tough rounds. I now know a little better what to expect of this team and what our potential is."
Wyoming was led by junior Laura Mengelkamp who closed strong with a round of 73 (+1), the low round of the event by a Cowgirl. Her three round total of 229 (+13) placed her in a tie for 40th of 90 golfers.
"It was tough to pick up in the middle of a round this morning, but once we got going we were able to play at good pace and I think that helped my score," said Mengelkamp. "As a team it was nice to see a lot of rounds in the 70's, because historically we haven't played that well at this tournament or on this course."
Cowgirl sophomore Mikala Henzlik posted a second round mark of 75 (+3) despite the fact the round was played over two days, while freshman Sarah Fogerty closed her first collegiate tournament with scores of 83 and 81. UW senior Michelle Camaione contributed a valuable third round tally of 74 (+2) to the team score and junior Kaelee Aegerter totaled 248 (+32).
Playing as an individual Wyoming freshman Jonelle Martinez opened her college career on a positive note by scoring 235 (+19) and placing in a tie for 54th. UW junior Lindsay Bauknecht also competed as an individual, but had a difficult time in the final two rounds and shot 249 (+33).
Colorado (872) won the team title by a slim one-stroke margin over defending tournament champion Baylor. Long Beach State's Kay Hoey was the individual medalist by five strokes with her total of 209 (-7).
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 Notre Dame Invitational in South Bend, Ind., Sept. 23-24.
Wyoming Individual Results - Scores
Laura Mengelkamp78+78+73=229 (+13, T 40th)
Mikala Henzlik80+75+82=237 (+21, T 62nd)
Sarah Fogerty77+83+81=241 (+25, T 73rd)
Michelle Camaione79+88+74=241 (+25, T 73rd)
Kaelee Aegerter79+87+82=248 (+32, T 82nd)
UW Athletes Playing as Individuals
Jonelle Martinez75+80+80=235 (+19, T 54th)
Lindsay Bauknecht76+88+85=249 (+33, T 85th)