Oct. 8, 2010
ERIE, Colo. -
The weather didn't cooperate, but the Wyoming Cowgirl golf team rose above it Friday to climb into contention in the Heather Farr Memorial tournament, hosted by the University of Colorado.
The Cowgirls shot the second-lowest team score in the second round (303) to move into a tie for sixth place, carding a two-round total of 614(+38). The team did that despite two lightning delays that totaled 110 minutes in the final tournament of the fall season for Wyoming.
"They played a lot better in the second round in tougher conditions," Wyoming coach Josey Stender said. "I'm proud of them for hanging in there."
The Cowgirls showed a total team effort for the fourth straight event, as senior Molly Black and sophomore Dana Zamprelli led the team in the first and second rounds, respectively. Black shot 75(+3) and 80(+8), and Zamprelli shot 80(+8) and a career-low 71(-1). Zamprelli was tied for 13th after the first two rounds.
"It was like it's been all semester," Stender said. "Someone different stepped up."
Junior Juanita Rico shot 155(+11), redshirt junior Jenna Zamprelli shot 157(+13) and freshman Emily Wood totaled 158(+14). Playing as individuals, sophomore Taylor Smalley and freshman Stacey Blunt shot 155(+11) and 158(+14), respectively.
Colorado led the field with a 590(+14), Colorado State was second with 595(+19) and Fresno State was third with 603(+27).
While the delays may have affected the other teams in a negative manner, Wyoming's student-athletes stayed the course on the 6,620-yard, par-72 layout at the Colorado National Golf Club.
"I'm definitely really proud," Stender said. "It's hard mentally to go on and off the course and stay in that competitive frame of mind. It says a lot about the perseverance we have on this team."
The Cowgirls will play their final 18 holes of the fall season Saturday, with a shotgun start slated for 8:30 a.m.