Cowgirls Storm Back After Rough Start

Sept. 13, 2010

FORT COLLINS, Colo. -

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It definitely was a forgettable first round for the University of Wyoming women's golf team in the first event of the fall.

But after the Cowgirls got over their jitters, they showed why there's so much optimism surrounding this year.

Wyoming cut nine strokes off its first-round score of 308 Monday to post a team total of 299 in the second round of the Ram Classic in Fort Collins, Colo. After the solid second round, Wyoming now has totaled 607 and is 14th in the team standings.

"That was encouraging," Wyoming coach Josey Stender said. "I think certain individuals came into it putting pressure on themselves. Relaxing our nerves and getting a few holes in ... It helped."

Colorado State leads the event with a team score of 575, followed by Colorado (578) and California (579).

But there were several bright spots for Wyoming.

Jenna Zamprelli, a redshirt junior, shot a 72 in the first round, and followed that with a 77. Zamprelli redshirted last season to work on her game, and the work has paid off. Zamprelli started the first nine holes with three birdies, and kept up a solid pace throughout the two rounds. She was tied for 33rd after two rounds.

"For her, being out of this high level of competition for a whole year ... I'm really proud of her," Stender said. "People don't know how tough that is mentally."

Perhaps the most impressive comeback of the day for the Cowgirls was Juanita Rico in the second round. After struggling to an 83 in the first round, she shaved 11 strokes in the second round for a 72. She now is tied for 65th.

Sophomore Dana Zamprelli, Jenna's sister, was 9-over after 36 holes at 153. She was in 55th place.

Molly Black, a senior, managed a 77 and 74 for a 151, good for a tie for 46th. Last season, Black set the all-time low round for Wyoming with a 68 on the first day of the Ram Classic.

Freshman Stacey Blunt shot 10-over to card an 82 and 78 to total 160, and freshman Emily Wood, playing as an individual, shot 160 (80 and 80). They were tied for 77th.

"I'm pleased with how we did, top to bottom," Stender said.

The Cowgirls will play 18 more holes Tuesday to conclude the tournament, and Stender expects a more complete effort on the last day.

"Our short game will definitely improve," Stender said. "We'll be able to play more aggressively. We could shoot even better. There's room for improvement."

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