Rico Guides Another Solid First Day From UW Women

Oct. 8, 2011

Palm Desert, Calif. -

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Senior Juanita Rico shot rounds of 76 (+4) and 72 (E) to pace the University of Wyoming women's golf team to third place in the standings after the first day of the Cowgirl Desert Intercollegiate on Saturday at The Classic Club. UW posted a 301 in the first round, but battled the elements in the second round to notch a 315 for a first-day total of 616 (+40). Fresno State leads the 15-team field at 592 (+16).

"Obviously I was pleased with our first round today and the position we put ourselves in, but we need to continue to work hard for those same low scores in the afternoon," UW head coach Josey Stender said. "If we can keep our mental focus a little more, we can minimize some of those slipups and mistakes in the later rounds."

Rico's 76 was a solid effort to start the day, but the senior's 72 in the afternoon was impressive. With temperatures stretching toward 90 degrees and the wind reaching a steady gust, Rico dug deep to control an ever-faster course and finished the first day at 148 (+4) to sit tied for fourth.

"Juanita's round in the afternoon was phenomenal, considering the weather conditions and the fact almost everyone else's scores were going up," Stender said. "The last two tournaments she has been getting some putts to drops and she always pushes herself to score better. She's very good at learning from one round to another."

Senior Jenna Zamprelli and sophomore Stacey Blunt are tied for 14th in the standings at 154 (+10) after the first two rounds. Zamprelli carded a 74 (+2) and 80 (+8), while Blunt had back-to-back rounds of 77 (+5).

"Jenna and Stacey showed some grit out there by fighting hard for those scores," Stender said. "Stacey was playing better in the second round also, but just missed some club selections and that put her in trouble. Jenna had to scramble on some holes, but eagled the last hole to show how mentally tough she is."

Junior Dana Zamprelli carded a solid 74 (+2) in the first round, but falter in the second with an 86 (+14) to tie for 38th on the leaderboard at 162 (+18). Junior Taylor Smalley notched rounds of 78 (+6) and 87 (+15) for a total of 165 (+21) to round out UW's top five. Sophomore Emily Wood and freshman Samantha Stancato played as individuals, finishing the first day at 162 (+18) and 165 (+21), respectively.

The Cowgirls are eight strokes ahead of fourth-place CSU Northridge at 624 (+48) and, with a solid round tomorrow, can recorded their second-straight, top-three team finish.

"To be within reach of our team and individual goals for the second week in a row shows we are reaching that consistency we always strive for," Stender said. "Those tough tournaments and tough fields early in the fall season really helped prepare us to perform well now."

The tournament concludes with 18 holes tomorrow morning.

Cowgirl Desert Intercollegiate Day One Standings
1. Fresno State: 295 - 297 = 592 (+16)
2. San Diego State: 297 - 305 = 602 (+26)
3. Wyoming: 301 - 315 = 616 (+40)
4. CSU-Northridge: 304 - 320 = 624 (+48)
5. Northern Arizona: 320 - 309 = 629 (+53)

Wyoming Day One Individual Results
T4. Juanita Rico: 76 (+4) - 72 (E) = 148 (+4)
T14. Jenna Zamprelli: 74 (+2) - 80 (+8) = 154 (+10)
T14. Stacey Blunt: 77 (+5) - 77 (+5) = 154 (+10)
T31. Dana Zamprelli: 74 (+2) - 86 (+14) = 160 (+16)
T38. Emily Wood:* 80 (+8) - 82 (+10) = 162 (+18)
T47. Taylor Smalley: 78 (+6) - 87 (+15) = 165 (+21)
T47. Samantha Stancato:* 82 (+10) - 83 (+11) = 165 (+21)

*-Wood and Stancato are playing as individuals.