Sept. 19, 2008
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -
The University of Wyoming women's golf team slipped to 11th place out of the stacked field of 16 after day two of the UNM Dick McGuire Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M.
The Cowgirls were paired up with the 17th-ranked Pepperdine Waves and the 23rd-ranked New Mexico Lady Lobos, after their opening round 297 (+5). Today the Waves and Lady Lobos widened their lead as both teams are currently tied for first place with team scores of 585 (+1), nine strokes ahead of third place.
"It was a great learning experience for us today being paired with such great competition," said UW head coach Josey Stender. "Our girls got to see that our games are not much different than their's and that we can play with them."
Jonelle Martinez had dug herself a nice hole after her an opening round 80 (+7) on Thursday, but answered with her career best and second best individual round in Cowgirl history, with a 71 (-2) on Friday. She has a combined score of 151 (+5) and is currently tied for 25th position after two rounds of play.
"Jonelle had a great mind-set today, she relaxed and really executed her game plan and played great," said Stender.
Freshman Juanita Rico followed her opening even par first round with an 80 (+7)Friday, to fall from being tied for sixth place to now in a tie for the 35th spot in the tourney. Sophomore Jenna Zamprelli, finished the day with an eagle on the final hole to salvage an 81 (+8) which has her heading into the final round tied for 55th.
"We have to come out tomorrow with our heads up and just keep to our game and we'll be just fine," finished Stender.
The Cowgirls will conclude the UNM Dick McGuire Invitational tomorrow with a shotgun start beginning at 8 a.m., before moving to Denver, Colo., to compete in the Ron Moore Invitational Mon.-Thurs., Sept. 22-24, hosted by the University of Denver.