Sept. 26, 2005
HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. -
The University of Wyoming women's golf team played the first 36 holes at the Ron Moore Women's Classic in Highlands Ranch, Colo., hosted by the University of Denver, on Monday. UW shot rounds of 311 (+23) and 310 (+22) placing them 9th of 14 teams.
The Cowgirls' two-round total of 621 is a full 19 strokes better than their season opening rounds totaling 640 at the Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic to weeks ago.
14 teams plus individuals are competing, including regional rivals Denver, Colorado, Idaho State, Montana State, Northern Colorado, and Wyoming.
Denver University leads their own event by four strokes with a score of 591 (+15), while the Pioneer's Emily Hoeper is leading the individual standings at 141 (-3), after scores of 73 (+1) and 68 (-4).
Only five strokes off the lead, Wyoming sophomore Laura Mengelkamp had the best two round total for UW at 146 (+2), tied for 4th of 73 collegiate golfers. Mengelkamp shot scores of 72 (E) and 74 (+2).
"We worked hard in practice this last week and it showed," said Cowgirl first-year head coach Josey Stender. "We had talked about maintaining a positive attitude during our rounds, and today there was a positive atmosphere, good spirits and more consistency in our play, which I'm pleased with.
"They are starting to understand what I expect of them and vice-versa. Tomorrow we can still improve and I'm hoping we can maintain our attitudes and move up several spots."
UW freshman Mikala Henzlik fired rounds of 77 (+5) and 80 (+8), and is tied for 38th at 157 (+13). Henzlik improved ten strokes in her morning round from her first 18 collegiate holes, 87, two weeks ago. Cowgirl sophomore Lindsay Bauknecht shot 80 (+8) and 78 (+6), for a score of 158 (+14). Also playing rounds for Wyoming on Monday were juniors Michelle Camaione 160 (+16), and Kayla Morrison 167 (+23).
Each team plays five golfers and counts the four low marks in collegiate golf.
One final round of 18 holes will conclude the tournament on Tuesday.
The 54-hole Ron Moore Women's Classic is being played at the Highlands Ranch Golf Club. Highlands Ranch plays to a par of 72 and measures 6,225 yards.