Sept. 14, 2010
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -
It was an up-and-down day for the University of Wyoming women's golf team, but the Cowgirls managed a solid showing at the conclusion of the first event of the season.
Wyoming shot a team score of 305 in breezy conditions Tuesday in the final round of the Ram Fall Classic in Fort Collins, Colo., to total a 912 for the tournament.
Among a field that included several top-25 programs, the Cowgirls finished 15th. Colorado won the event with a team score of 865, followed by California (867) and Oregon (872).
"There was a lot of good things, and a couple mistakes that we probably could've eliminated," Wyoming coach Josey Stender said. "Overall, coming into this tourney with this competitive of a field, I'm pleased with how we finished."
Junior Juanita Rico and senior Molly Black were the top finishers for Wyoming, each totaling 229(+13) over three rounds to finish tied for 56th. After shooting an 83 in the first round, Rico put together two rounds in which she shot a 72 and 74. Black finished the tournament with a 78 on the last day.
"She looked a lot more confident and relaxed," Stender said of Rico's performance. "I think it's going to be a good year for her if she can control her emotions."
Redshirt junior Jenna Zamprelli started off the tournament with a 72 in the first round, but struggled to finish with a 77 and an 81 to finish tied for 60th. Sophomore Dana Zamprelli finished with a 231 over three rounds, which put her in 65th place.
The youngsters showed some flashes of potential in their first event. Playing as an individual, Emily Wood shot a 247(+31). Freshman Stacey Blunt shot 235(+18), shooting a 75 in the last round.
"It was really good to see Stacey put together a good round," Stender said. "When I asked her how she was doing, she said `It was really ugly.' I said, `It's not a postcard, it's a scorecard. It doesn't matter how you do it.'"
Stender said she expects her team to take a more assertive role in the upcoming tournaments to try to improve the scores.
"For the most part, everyone stuck to their game plan," Stender said. "They didn't try to do anything that they shouldn't be doing. On the other hand, with this course in general, you have to be aggressive and you have to make a lot of birdies.
" I think that as a group, it's been great to see that we rarely make big numbers anymore. That's definitely positive. Now we just have to evolve into having a little bit more of an aggressive mindset."
After one event, Stender looks forward to seeing the progress the Cowgirls can make, especially with a tournament looming at the end of the week.
"I felt really positive and encouraged with the direction we're going as a team," she said. "Golf is golf. It's different every day. We'll just keep working on what we can control and improve. If we do that, it should be a good year for us."
Wyoming now will head to Albuquerque, N.M., for its next event, the Dick Maguire Invitational, on Friday and Saturday.