Sept. 24, 2006
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -
A promising first day at the Lady Irish Invitational in South Bend, Ind., did not translate into a good event finish on Sunday for the University of Wyoming Cowgirl golf team. The Cowgirls struggled over the final 18 holes and shot a team round of 330 (+42).
Following scores of 311 (+23) and 322 (+34) on Saturday, Wyoming would close the 54-hole tournament with a total of 963 (+99), good enough for ninth place of the 14 participating schools.
"This was not our day, but overall the tournament was a good experience," said Cowgirl head coach Josey Stender. "No one is happy with what we shot today, but it was good to play a different course and see some different teams. We were paired with event-champion Cincinnati on the first day and played right with them, player for player, so that was positive. Every day we go out there this team is getting a better idea of what our potential is."
Cincinnati used a team round of 303 (+15) to pass the host Lady Irish of Notre Dame and win the team title by six strokes, totaling 919 (+55). The Bearcats' Hillery Wilson held her first day individual lead and took medalist honors with a three stroke cushion at 218 (+2).
UW freshman Jonelle Martinez had a tough final round, shooting 84 (+12), but due to her low first day scores she still was the Cowgirls' top finisher at 234 (+18). Martinez placed in a tie for 19th of the 73 participants. Junior Laura Mengelkamp was next for UW at 236 (+20), and freshman Sarah Fogerty hung in there with a final round of 79 (+7), the Cowgirls' best score of the day.
The 54-hole event was held at the Warren Golf Course in South Bend, par 72 and measuring 5,965 yards.
The Cowgirls' next competition will be at the CU/Heather Farr Memorial, Oct. 2-3 in Broomfield, Colo.