Juanita Rico in Sixth Place after Day One of Ron Moore Invite

Sept. 22, 2008

DENVER, Colo. -

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The University of Wyoming Cowgirl golf team took to the fairways of the Highlands Ranch Golf Club on Monday to compete in the Ron Moore Invitational in Denver, Colo., and found themselves tied for third place after one round of play.

In the opening round, the Cowgirls shot a team 302 (+14) which has them currently tied with the University of Kentucky and 15 strokes behind the host University of Denver.

The Cowgirls are led by freshman Juanita Rico with her personal best 70 (-2), her round ties the second-best in Cowgirl history. On the par 72 course, Rico had two bogeys and four birdies, including three birdies in a row.

"Juanita played great today," said UW head coach Josey Stender. "She was more confident with her putter and she was able to string some good birdies together."

Junior Sarah Fogerty shot an opening 74 (+2) with two birdies of her own and is currently tied for 11th-place after day one. Fellow junior, Jonelle Martinez kept up her consistent play with a first-round 76 (+4), to keep her within striking distance in 18th-place.

"Coming off the tournament in New Mexico, we knew we could play with these teams," said Stender. "I am very proud of our continued focus and I am very excited to see how we come out and play tomorrow."

The Cowgirls will continue action tomorrow beginning at 8:30 a.m. Live stats can be found throughout the tournament at www.golfstat.com