Oct. 10, 2005
EAGLE, Idaho -
Paced by three individual season-low rounds, the University of Wyoming Cowgirl golf team finds themselves in fourth of 14 teams after Day One at the Bronco Fall Invitational on Monday.
Wyoming followed a solid morning round of 314 (+30) with an afternoon score of 304 (+20), and is currently only ten strokes back of the team lead. UW's mark of 304 is their lowest team round in two seasons, bettering scores of 310 earlier this year and 305 last year.
Idaho leads the team standings with a total of 608 (+40). Tournament host Boise State is one stroke back at 609 (+41), followed closely by UC-Davis with 611 (+43) and Wyoming at 618 (+50).
The final round will be played on Tuesday, with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. Wyoming will be matched with Eastern Washington and Portland State for the last 18 holes.
The Cowgirls received season-best perfomances on the day from freshman Mikala Henzlik, sophomore Laura Mengelkamp and junior Whitney Hernandez. Henzlik led Wyoming with scores of 75 (+4) and 74 (+3), the lowest rounds of her young collegiate career. She is currently tied for fifth of 78 golfers. Mengelkamp, tied for seventh overall, backed up a first round total of 79 (+8) by matching her season-low round of 71 (E) in the second round. Like Henzlik, Hernandez also marked her two best tallies of the season, 77 (+6) and 78 (+7).
Santa Clara's Megan Stoddart has the individual lead at 145 (+3), after scores of 70 (-1) and 75 (+4).
"Today was an exciting day," said Cowgirl head coach Josey Stender. "Everything seemed to be going our way. We are pretty pumped about how we played.
"The mood was more like our practice rounds, more relaxed. We needed a change going into this event, a new course with no bad memories for the girls. As a team we want to keep this taste of success in our mouth. We want to taste a little bit more with each round we play.
"I am really proud of Mikala today. We had set some achievable, less number oriented goals for her and she really stepped up. As a team and individually we met goals today."
Each team plays five golfers and counts the four low marks in collegiate golf.
The 54-hole event is being played at the par-71, 6,225-yard BanBury Golf Course in Eagle, Idaho.