Wyoming Cowgirl Golfers Conclude Day One at Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic

Sept. 12, 2005

FT. COLLINS, Colo. -

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The University of Wyoming women's golf team opened their season and played 36 holes in warm, windy conditions at the Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic in Fort Collins, Colo. on Monday. UW is tied with Weber State for 17th after the first day with 640 strokes.

Baylor University leads the team standings with a score of 564 (-12), while the Bear's Josefin Svenningsson holds the individual lead by two strokes at 138 (-6), after rounds of 70 (-2) and 68 (-4).

Wyoming sophomore Laura Mengelkamp picked up where she left off last year and led the Cowgirls with rounds of 77 (+5) and 79 (+7), tied for 54th out of 90 participants. Her day was highlighted by an eagle on the final hole.

"Today was a learning experience for everyone," said Cowgirl first-year head coach Josey Stender. "The players were getting used to me in a tournament setting and I was learning how they play under these circumstances.

"This is a good field and it will help us determine where we need to be as a team. It will be a good measuring stick for us. Our future practices will be determined by what I see here.

"There were some first tournament nerves and a lot of adrenaline today, but I was pleased with how everyone remained committed to our team goals, which include a strong work ethic and remaining mentally positive."

Wyoming sophomore Lindsay Bauknecht shrugged off an opening score of 81 (+9) by bettering that round with a mark of 77 (+5) in the afternoon. Additionally for UW was junior Whitney Hernandez with rounds of 83 (+11) and 80 (+8), and sophomore Kaelee Aegerter scoring 79 (+7) followed by an 89 (+17). Freshman Mikala Henzlik improved three strokes from the first to second round, with scores of 87 (+15) and 84 (+12).

One final 18-hole round will conclude competition on Tuesday.

Each team played five golfers and counted the four best scores.

The 54-hole Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic is being played at the Ptarmigan Country Club. Ptarmigan plays to a par of 72 and measures 6,223 yards.