Sept. 12, 2011
Fort Collins, Colo. -
Facing one of its toughest tournaments of the season right out of the gate, the University of Wyoming women's golf team opened the fall portion of the 2011-12 schedule by shooting 312 in the first and second round of the CSU Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic on Monday at the Ptarmigan Country Club. The Cowgirls' total of 624 (+48) puts them in 17th place, but just 11 strokes behind three teams.
"We put ourselves in a huge hole to start the tournament, but we did a good job of calming down and leveling out our play the rest of the day," UW head coach Josey Stender said. "The weather was fine and the course was set up to shoot low, but the back nine was just our downfall. We couldn't get in a groove and, on this course with this field, you have to make a lot of birdies."
Competing against a field that includes six teams ranked in the top 47 of Golf World's preseason poll, Wyoming was led by senior Juanita Rico on the first day with a 75 (+3) and 76 (+4) to sit tied for 39th place at 151 (+7). Sophomore Emily Wood shot rounds of 78 (+6) and 79 (+7) for 157 (+13), while sophomore Stacey Blunt and freshman Samantha Stancato both sit at 158 (+14) through two rounds. Senior Jenna Zamprelli rounds out UW's scorers at 162 (+18).
"Regardless of how we did today, we know we are a much better team than this," Stender said. "We know it will take better mental preparation tomorrow so we are calmer and more focused when we start the round. We have the ability to shoot much better than we did."
The tournament concludes with 18 holes beginning tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. Fans can follow live results by clicking on the link above.
Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic Day One Team Standings
1. UC Davis: -1 (286-289=575)
2. Colorado: E (289-287=576)
3. Illinois: +3 (292-287=579)
4. Baylor: +12 (294-294=588)
5. California: +13 (295-284=589)
17. Wyoming: +48 (312-312=624)
Wyoming Day One Individual Results
T39. Juanita Rico: 75 (+3) - 76 (+4) = 151 (+7)
T68. Emily Wood: 78 (+6) - 79 (+7) = 157 (+13)
T73. Stacey Blunt: 79 (+7) - 79 (+7) = 158 (+14)
T73. Samantha Stancato: 80 (+8) - 78 (+6) = 158 (+14)
T87. Jenna Zamprelli: 83 (+11) - 79 (+7) = 162 (+18)