Cowgirl Golf Concludes CU/Heather Farr Memorial in 16th

Oct. 4, 2005

BROOMFIELD, Colo. -

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On a cold and cloudy day at the Omni Interlocken Resort, the University of Wyoming Cowgirl golf team finished the final 18 holes at the Colorado/Heather Farr Memorial on Tuesday with a team round of 325 (+37). Following scores of 326 (+38) and 327 (+39) on Monday, UW concluded the tournament 16th of 18 teams, 978 (+114).

Despite the low team finish, the Cowgirls did make some improvement from their 2004 last place finish at this same event.

A highlight for Wyoming through the two days of competition was the steady play of sophomore Laura Mengelkamp. Mengelkamp carded a score of 75 (+3) today to end the tournament at 230 (+14), and in a tie for 33rd of 96 entrants. UW's second-year leader moved up ten places in the standings with her final round. Mengelkamp's tournament average of 76.67 was also an improvement over her marks at this same event last season, when she averaged 79.5 and finished 38th.

Denver claimed the tournament championship with a three-round total of 884 (+20). Fresno State was second at 897 (+33) and San Jose State, the defending champion, finished third with 903 (+39).

Emily Hoeper of DU won her second straight tournament after a scorching 68 (-4) on the day, one of just three sub-par rounds today and the only player to break 70 in the tournament, finishing at one-under par 215 for the meet. Idaho's Renee Skidmore played the most consistent golf of the tournament, shooting par all three rounds for a 214 total and second place.

"This tournament was another good learning experience for us," said Cowgirl head coach Josey Stender. "We'll take some things from this and look to improve at our next event.

"The greens were a little different than we're used to, and that's what got us. I am pleased with Laura's consistent and steady play. She improved over last year, which had been a goal of hers."

UW junior Whitney Hernandez and freshman Mikala Henzlik tied at 249 (+33), sophomore Lindsay Bauknecht was one stroke back at 250 (+34), and junior Michelle Camaione posted a total of 260 (+44).

Each team plays five golfers and counts the four low marks in collegiate golf.

The 54-hole Colorado/Heather Farr Memorial was played at the Omni Interlocken Resort's Eldorado and Sunshine courses, which measure 6,236 yards and play to a par of 72.

The tournament is held annually in conjunction with National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and honors former LPGA standout Heather Farr.

Next Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 10-11 the Cowgirls will compete at the Bronco Invitational in Boise, Idaho.