FORT COLLINS, Colo. -
The University of Wyoming Cowgirl golf team opened the 2015-16 season on Monday at the Colonel Wollenberg Ptarmigan Ram Classic in Fort Collins, Colo. Sophomore Klara Castillo leads UW after the first two rounds with a score of 152 (+8) at the par 72, 7,223-yard Ptarmigan Country Club.
"Great to start the season off amongst such a highly and nationally ranked field," UW head coach Josey Stender said. "We came out strong and confident which set us up well for the first 18 holes. Our momentum continued until our last few holes where we lost most of our shots. We will work to improve on that for tomorrow."
Wyoming is tied-14th in the 17 team field after the opening day with a two-round total tally of 612 (+36). Wyoming shot a 302 (+14) and wrapped up the day with a 310 (+22).
Castillo tied a career-low first round with a 75 (+3). She hit a second-round 77 (+5) for a two-round tally of 152 (+8). Castillo had four birdies through the first two rounds and currently sits tied for 55th place. Sophomore Gabrielle Gibson is in 58th place after two rounds. She finished with rounds of 74 (+2) and 79 (+7). Freshman Kaylee Knadler, who is playing in her first collegiate event as an individual, is also tied with Gibson with a total score of 153 (+9).
Senior Kathleen Kershisnik carded rounds of 79 (+7) and 76 (+4) for a two-round mark of 155 (+11). Kershisnik sits tied for 69th with one round to play. Junior Mackenzie Barrie finished the first day at 156 with two rounds of 78 (+6), as she sits tied in 72nd place. Freshman Megan Knadler, who is also playing in her first collegiate event as a Cowgirl is tied with Barrie after finishing the first two rounds with 156 (+12).
"It's great to see a balance of players contribute and returners improve from last season," Stender added. "We are all tightly grouped after these first two rounds, so it should set us up for a competitive day tomorrow."
Long Beach State sits in first place with a two-round score of 578 (+2). Northern Colorado's Amanda Myers leads the field after the first day with a 141 (-3), while Long Beach State's Shawnee Martinez and Sarah Brown of Texas Tech are one shot behind for second place.
The Cowgirls wrap up play at the Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic tomorrow morning with one round.