Wyoming's Lintz Wins Cowgirl Challenge

September 22, 1998

Sheridan, Wyo. -- Jordan Lintz of the University of Wyoming womens golf team won the inaugural Cowgirl Challenge at The Powder Horn Golf Club in Sheridan, Wyo., on Tuesday. Lintz shot rounds of 73, 75 and 74 for a 54-hole total of 222, six over par. She outdistanced two golfers from Eastern Washington, Jamie Long and Kylie Smith, who both shot 233.

In the team competition, Eastern Washington won first place with a 953 total. Montana placed second at 977, and Wyoming finished third at 995.

"I cant say enough about Jordan (Lintz)," said UW womens golf coach Jill Johnson. "She has such a solid game, and she is so strong mentally. She really knows how to get around the golf course. Overall, Im happy with how we improved each round of the tournament. We made a 10-stroke improvement from the first to the second round, and we improved by eight strokes from the second to third round.

"We talked about focusing better today, and not getting down on ourselves when we have a bad hole. The girls seemed more excited and encouraged today, and maintained a positive attitude. "Im thrilled that The Powder Horn welcomed us with open arms to play our tournament in Sheridan. The people at the Powder Horn did a wonderful job, and we hope to make this an annual event."

"Im really excited," said Wyoming junior Jordan Lintz, who won medalist honors. "Ive never won a college tournament. Ive finished in the Top Five several times, but this is my first win. I was trying not to think about leading the tournament when I began the final round. I just wanted to concentrate on playing my game.

"I worked really hard on my game this summer. Ive gained distance, and have improved my short game. I feel really confident on the golf course right now."

The teams competing in the Cowgirl Challenge were: the University of British Columbia, Eastern Washington University, the University of Montana, the University of Northern Colorado, Portland State University and the University of Wyoming.

The Powder Horn course has quickly gained a reputation as one of the most beautiful and challenging courses in the state of Wyoming and in the nation. The Powder Horn measures 6,056 yards and plays to a par of 72.