Sept. 24, 2007
SPOKANE, Wash. -
For the second straight event the Wyoming Cowgirl golf team rewrote the school record book and posted a new all-time mark for low team round with their second round total of 294 (+6) on Monday at the MDA Invitational in Spokane, Wash.
To break the record, Wyoming received rock solid scoring rounds of 71 (-1) from sophomore Sarah Fogerty, a pair of 74's (+2) from freshman Molly Black and senior Laura Mengelkamp, as well as a mark of 75 (+3) from sophomore Jonelle Martinez. UW's team scorecard of 294 is also the event best to this point.
UW scored 311 (+23) in the first round and their 36-hole total of 605 (+29) puts them in a second place tie with Cal Poly in the 13-team field. Eastern Washington leads the tournament at 601 (+25).
One final round of 18 holes will be played on Tuesday morning. The Cowgirls will be paired with Eastern Washington and Cal Poly.
The tournament is being played at Hangman Valley Golf Course, a 6,176 yard, par 72 layout.
Fogerty used a stretch of five straight birdies on her way to a UW season best round of one-under par. Combined with her first round score of 78 (+6), Fogerty has a 36-hole total of 149 (+5) and is tied for fourth place out of 84 collegiate golfers.
UC-Riverside's Jennifer Bermingham is atop the individual leaderboard with 143 (-1) strokes. Cal Poly's Hannah Brabb is second at 147.
"This is the type of course that is scorable and they figured that out in the afternoon," said Cowgirl head coach Josey Stender. "They fine tuned their approach, got dialed in and became more confident with the putter.
"I'm just so proud of this entire group and their team effort. There is a positive attitude and demeanor, and each player is determined to make a statement about what kind of golf program we have at Wyoming."
Martinez, playing on her 20th birthday, was consistent for UW and shot 76 (+4) in the morning round, then followed with a 75. She is tied for seventh at 151 (+7).
Despite finishing bogey-bogey on the final two holes, Mengelkamp scored 78 and 74 to place her in a tie for 10th. Black is also in the top-25, currently tied for 24th place.
Just last tournament, the Cowgirls had broken the UW school record for low team round on Sept. 10 at the Ram Fall Classic with a score of 300 (+12), also in the second round.
Wyoming has a history of playing well at this event (formerly the Inland Empire Intercollegiate), finishing fourth here in the fall of 2004. As a freshman at that event, UW's Mengelkamp placed third individually.