Oct. 9, 2010
ERIE, Colo. -
It was a trying final day for the Wyoming Cowgirl golf team in its last tournament of the fall season Saturday.
The Cowgirls were tied for sixth after shooting 614(+38) after the first two rounds of the Heather Farr Memorial, but struggled to a 319(+31) in the third round to total 933(+69).
Wyoming finished seventh, just one stroke back of Eastern Michigan and four strokes back of Northern Iowa.
"We were one decent score away from finishing well," Wyoming coach Josey Stender said. "We're such a talented team, we shouldn't have made the mistakes we did. To be that close to it, it's definitely going to add fuel to our practice regimen in the offseason."
Two Wyoming players led the team in scoring as senior Molly Black shot 76(+4) to total 231(+15), tying for 14th place. Junior Juanita Rico also tied for 14th, shooting 231(+15). The Cowgirls had to contend with cold and windy conditions the third round, just a day after lightning delayed the first two rounds by 110 minutes.
"They played super solid in pretty tough conditions," Stender said. "They stayed focused and motivated. It says a lot about their maturity."
Freshman Emily Wood shot 237(+21), sophomore Dana Zamprelli 241(+25) and redshirt junior Jenna Zamprelli 245(+29). Playing as individuals, freshman Stacey Blunt and sophomore Taylor Smalley shot 238(+22) and 240(+24), respectively.
Colorado won the event with an 893(+29), Colorado State was second with 909(+45) and Fresno State was third with a 916(+52).
"It's a great learning experience," Stender said of the final tournament of the season. "It's only going to motivate us. As a team, we have to continue to improve on our focus and strategizing on the golf course."
Wyoming will hit the course again in competition March 7 when the spring season begins.