Sept. 27, 2005
HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. -
University of Wyoming sophomore Laura Mengelkamp highlighted the Cowgirls' final 18 holes at the Ron Moore Women's Classic in Highlands Ranch, Colo., on Tuesday by finishing second overall of 73 collegiate golfers.
Mengelkamp posted a third round mark of 71 (-1) for a 54-hole total of 217 (+1). Her tournament total was eight strokes better than her previous collegiate best, 225 at last year's Ram Fall Classic. With a score of 71, she also tied her career low round, set last season in the first round of the Inland Empire Intercollegiate. This was the fourth top-three finish of Mengelkamp's young career, and her first this season. Mengelkamp shot scores of 72 (E) and 74 (+2) on Monday.
Denver's Emily Hoeper also shot a final round of 71, and maintained her five-stroke advantage to take individual medalist honors at 212 (-4).
"I played well today," said Mengelkamp. "It was a good steady final round, despite a late bogey. I putted well both days and really liked the course. I felt very comfortable."
As a team, UW shot 317 (+29) in their final 18 holes. Combined with rounds of 311 (+23) and 310 (+22) from Monday, the Cowgirls placed 9th of 14 teams. Wyoming finished ahead of several regional rivals including Idaho State, Montana State and Northern Colorado.
Denver University won their own event by 23 strokes with a score of 880 (+16). Campbell University was second at 903 (+39).
"Although we shot several strokes higher today, this tournament overall was a confidence builder for us," said Cowgirl head coach Josey Stender. "We're going to take this one step at a time and we're confident that we can improve. Our attitudes were still good today even though the wind had dried out the course and made it tougher."
Other final round scores for Wyoming included an 80 (+8) by sophomore Lindsay Bauknecht, 82 (+10) from freshman Mikala Henzlik, 84 (+12) by junior Kayla Morrison, and 86 (+14) from junior Michelle Camaione.
Each team plays five golfers and counts the four low marks in collegiate golf.
The 54-hole Ron Moore Women's Classic was played at the Highlands Ranch Golf Club. Highlands Ranch plays to a par of 72 and measures 6,225 yards.
Next up for Wyoming is the Colorado/Heather Farr Memorial, Oct. 3-4 in Broomfield, Colo.