Cowgirl Golf Finishes First Day In Oregon Event

Sept. 27, 2010

AURORA, Ore. -

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It was a trying first day for the Wyoming Cowgirl golf team in its third event of the year, but the squad is within striking distance.

Playing in the Portland State/Oregon State Invitational, the Cowgirls shot a 624(+48) over the first 36 holes. Wyoming struggled with some poor ball striking in the early going, but the short game of the student-athletes helped save some scores.

Wyoming currently is 10th out of 15 teams, but is just eight strokes back of the sixth-place team.

"We were right there in the second round to score well," Wyoming coach Josey Stender said. "The course setup was pretty difficult today. We just weren't 100 percent on with our ball striking. That put a lot of pressure on our short game. That led to a few holes that we had big numbers on."

Redshirt junior Jenna Zamprelli led the way for Wyoming. Her 153(+9) put her in a tie for 21st. After shooting a 77 and 76 in the first two rounds, Stender lauded her effort.

"Jenna played well," the coach said. "She played steady. She felt very confident in her ball striking."

Junior Juanita Rico wasn't far behind, shooting a 77 in both rounds to tie for 24th after the first two rounds. Rico had an injury earlier in the week, but was "resilient" on the first day, Stender said.

Freshman Emily Wood and sophomore Dana Zamprelli each shot 160(+16) to tie for 49th, and senior Molly Black shot 161(+17) to round out the scores. Black was tied for 52nd.

"We had a lot of good things going individually. We just couldn't get everything going at once," Stender said.

The Cowgirls will play the final 18 holes after an 8 a.m. start Tuesday.

"I just told them, `It's another great learning experience,'" Stender said of her message to her team. "They have to focus on what went well."