Cowgirl Golf Team in Eighth Place After Opening Day of the Lady Vandal Fall Invitational

Oct. 1, 2001

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Led by junior Kim Nissen, the Wyoming Cowgirl golf team moved into eighth place on Monday in thefirst day of the University of Idaho Lady Vandal Fall Invitational. Nissen shot rounds of 78 and 77 on Monday for a 155 total, placing her in atie for 15th heading into Tuesday's final round. The Cowgirls posted a team score of 649, placing themselves in eighth place in the 16-teamfield.

Wyoming improved by 19 strokes in the second round Monday afternoon. UW fired a 315 in the afternoon, after shooting a 334 in themorning round. That 19-stroke improvement in the afternoon moved Wyoming from 13th place following the first round to eighth placeheading into Tuesday's third and final round.

Walakak Satarak of UC Irvine leads the tournament with rounds of 74 and 73 for a 147 total. Host Idaho leads the team competition with a596 total through 36 holes.

"The girls really played well on Monday -- particularly Kim (Nissen) and Katherine (Crowley)," said UW head women's golf coach JillJohnson. "Kim is playing some of the best golf of her college career right now. She fired two consecutive rounds in the 70s today, and isplaying very consistent golf. Katherine is playing in her first tournament in a year. She was forced to sit out last year due to injury. In theafternoon round on Monday, she shot a 76, which was the best round for us on the day. It is so good to see her back competing.

"All five girls contributed on Monday. Tara (Ludwig) had an uncharacteristic round of 93 in the opening round, but she came back witha solid 82 in the afternoon to help our team score.

"Improving our score by 15 strokes from the morning to the afternoon should give us a lot of confidence heading into Tuesday's finalround. If we can shoot a similar round to the 315 we posted in the second round, we can move up a couple more spots."

The final round in the 54-hole event will be played on Tuesday, Oct. 2 at the University of Idaho Golf Course, which measures 6,107 yardsand plays to a par of 72.

Wyoming Individual Results

Kim Nissen Jr. Lakewood, Colo. Tie 15th 78-77=155Katherine Crowley RSr. Sugar Land, Texas Tie 37th 87-76=163Ashley Cariveau So. Rapid City, S.D. T43rd 85-80=165Alison McGuire Jr. Cheyenne, Wyo. Tie 63rd 84-84=168Tara Ludwig Jr. Portland, Ore. Tie 78th 93-82=175

First Day Results (Oct. 1, 2001)1. Idaho 297 299 5962. Portland 305 314 6193 UC - Irvine 313 310 6234 San Francisco 312 314 6265 Northern Arizona 316 311 6276 Washington State 326 308 6347 Montana 320 326 6468 Wyoming 334 315 6499 Idaho State 322 329 65110 Montana State 323 329 652 Eastern Washington 323 329 65212 Boise State 325 329 65413 Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo 323 333 65614 UC - Riverside 342 319 66115 Portland State 338 338 67616 Gonzaga 353 346 699