Sept. 28, 2010
AURORA, Ore. -
It was a comeback day for the Wyoming Cowgirl golf team Tuesday in the final round of the Portland State/Oregon State Invitational.
Wyoming cut 12 strokes off its scores in the first two rounds Monday, and carded a 300 on the final 18 holes. With their total of 924(+60), the Cowgirls finished ninth out of 15 teams, just three strokes out of seventh. North Texas won the event with an 889, Oregon State was second with 892 and Portland State was third with 897.
After shooting 312 in the first two rounds, the student-athletes from Wyoming rebounded for a lower score over the last round. Freshman Emily Wood was the top finisher for the Cowgirls on the day, shooting a career-low 73.
"I knew it was just a matter of time for her," Wyoming coach Josey Stender said.
Overall, redshirt junior Jenna Zamprelli shot a 78(+6) to total 231(+15) over three rounds to lead the Cowgirls. She tied for 26th.
Wood followed closely, shooting 233(+17) to tie for 31st, and sophomore Dana Zamprelli shot 234(+18) to tie for 37th. Junior Juanita Rico finished with a 235(+19) to tie for 41st and senior Molly Black was just one back, shooting 236(+20) to tie for 45th.
"It's been really cool so far this year," Stender said. "Every person has contributed. At any point in time, any one of them will lead the team score for the day. I think it's good that we have that balance on the team."
After struggling with ball striking in the first two rounds, the Cowgirls got on track after a pre-round talk from Stender.
"At the beginning of the day, I talked to them," Stender said. "I said, `Regardless of the result on the shot, I just want you to be committed and trust in the process. That was the difference on the day."
For a squad featuring only one senior, the Cowgirls showed maturity and poise in coming back from a trying day Monday, Stender said.
"They did really well staying in the moment. It wasn't necessarily that we hit the ball any better or our short game was any better, it was just the thought process," the coach said.
"I think everybody feels like they have learned a lot over the past few weeks and they're using it to their advantage. I'm proud of them. This is a great score today and will help us."
The Cowgirls will hit the course again Oct. 8 for the Heather Farr Memorial in Erie, Colo.