Cowgirl Golf Finishes First Day In New Mexico

Sept. 17, 2010

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -

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The University of Wyoming women's golf team hit the course for its second event of the season Friday in the New Mexico/Dick McGuire Invitational.

Wyoming played two rounds Friday, shooting a team score of 315 and 319 for a total of 634. The Cowgirls sit in 16th place after the first day. Ohio State leads after two rounds with a 587, followed by San Diego State University (591) and Oregon (592).

"It's a par 73, so the score looks higher that what it really is," Wyoming coach Josey Stender said. " I'm not too disappointed as far as overall score. There's just not any room for error when you're playing against top-25 teams."

The lone senior on the team, Molly Black, led the charge for the Cowgirls. She shot a 78(+5) in the first round. She followed that with a 75(+2) for a two-round total of 153, which tied her in 37th place. Junior Juanita Rico followed her, shooting a 76(+3) and 80(+7) to total 156, tied for 50th place.

"(Black) played very solid," Stender said. "She really just gutted it out and hung in there and was mentally tough today."

Sophomore Taylor Smalley, competing as an individual, shot a 77(+4) in the first round, and shot 81(+8) in the second round. In her first action since a broken arm during the summer, Smalley's two-round total of 158 put her in a tie for 63rd place.Sophomore Dana Zamprelli shot 79(+6) in the first round, and carded an 82(+9) in the second to total 161. Her 36-hole total put her in a tie for 70th place after Day 1. Freshman Stacey Blunt shot 85(+12) in Round 1, and followed that with a 82(+9) in the second round to move into 85th place. Dana's older sister, redshirt junior Jenna Zamprelli, shot 82(+9) in the first round, then shot 87(+14) in the second round. Her total of 169 tied her for 87th place after 36 holes.

The 90-degree weather and course setup were proved to be quite formidable for the Cowgirls, Stender said.

"We knew coming into this, with the field being as competitive as it is, we would have to play up to our potential," the coach said. "I saw a lot of good things today. On the other hand, our short game and putting in general kind of failed us a little.

"There were some really tough pin placements and I think it was the type of (course) setup where you've got to get things rolling early and make a few putts to get your confidence up. When you don't, you start doubting yourself and you leave it short."

The tournament began just three days after Wyoming's most recent event, the Ram Fall Classic in Fort Collins, Colo., which ended Tuesday. It made for a short turnaround.

"It definitely put our fitness level to test," Stender said. "I think we did really well hanging in there mentally and physically. I think tomorrow we have a chance to move up if we make good decisions and get our confidence up on the greens."

The third round will begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday for the final 18 holes, and Stender is looking for her team to respond to the challenge from the field and the course.

"We know we can play better than we did today," she said. "We've just got to focus on staying positive and grinding it out."

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