Sept. 28, 2009
CORVALLIS, Ore. -
In a unique tournament that pairs men's and women's teams together, the University of Wyoming program opened play at the Oregon State Giustina Memorial Classic on Monday.
The tournament pairs two men and two women together, and both men's and women's standings are kept. The field played two rounds of 18 holes on Monday.
The Cowgirls had a very good opening day and are currently in second place with a two-round total of 617 (+41). Sophomore Juanita Rico led the way and is currently in second place of the individual standings. She turned in rounds of 72 (E) and 75 (+3) for a two-round total of 147 (+3).
"Juanita played awesome. She did a good job of staying on the right side of the hole on all of the greens, which is very difficult at this course," Cowgirl head coach Josey Stender said. "It is a great advantage for our teams to play together because we are such a close group. I think everyone had a lot of fun today and we are looking forward to tomorrow."
The Cowboys struggled during Monday's opening rounds and are currently in ninth place with a two-round total of 600 (+24). Junior Gabe Maier led the team during the first two rounds and is currently tied for 10th place. He shot rounds of 70 (-2) and 73 (+1) for a total of 143 (-1).
"The men didn't do well with the things that are usually our strengths," Cowboy head coach Joe Jensen said. "Overall, it was just a tough day for the men. We need to play better tomorrow."
Oregon's Kendra Little leads the women's field with a two-round total of 142 (-2). Oregon took a big lead in the women's team standings with a two-round team score of 598 (+22).
On the men's side, Washington State's Trent Sanders is in first place with a two-round score of 136 (-8). Washington State also leads the team standings with a two-round scorecard of 561(-15).
The tournament is being played at OSU's Trysting Tree Golf Club. The par-72 course measures in at 6,282 yards from the women's tees and 7,030 from the men's tees.
The Giustina Memorial Classic will conclude tomorrow with a final round of 18-holes. The day will begin with 8:45 a.m. (Mountain Time) tee-times.