Wyoming Cowgirl Golf Places Fifth of 14 at Bronco Invitational

Oct. 11, 2005

EAGLE, Idaho -

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In rainy, cold conditions, the University of Wyoming Cowgirl golf team completed competition with a team round of 311 (+27) at the Bronco Fall Invitational on Tuesday. UW's total of 929 (+77) was good enough for a season high finish of fifth out of 14 teams.

UC-Davis won the team event with a 54-hole total of 915 (+63). Three strokes back was first-day leader Idaho at 918 (+66), followed by Eastern Washington at 924 (+72), who moved from fifth to third with the low team round of the day, 302 (+18). Tournament host Boise State placed fourth on their home course, a mere three strokes better than the Cowgirls.

Wyoming shot rounds of 314 (+30) and 304 (+20) on Monday. UW's mark of 304 was their lowest team round in two seasons, bettering scores of 310 earlier this year and 305 last year.

"Today was another step towards getting better and being where we need to be," said Cowgirl head coach Josey Stender. "This was our best tournament by far, both individually and as a team, and we beat multiple teams who had beaten us earlier in the season. This was a mini-breakthrough.

"Overall we are hitting the ball really well and hopefully that will carry over into our next tournament. We will see quite a few Mountain West Conference schools in San Diego next week, which should be a good way to gauge our improvement."

Not to be lost in the UW team success was the individual play of Cowgirl sophomore Laura Mengelkamp. Wyoming's second-year leader shot the lowest round of her collegiate career with a 70 (-1) in the final 18 holes. Mengelkamp's 70 was the event low round of the day and tied for the best 18 holes of the tournament. She would finish tied for third overall of 78 participants with Boise State's Katie Street. This was the second top-three finish of the season for Mengelkamp, and the fifth of her young career. Her three-round total of 220 (+7) was only two strokes back of medalist honors.

Santa Clara's Megan Stoddart retained her Day One individual lead and claimed first place with a final mark of 218 (+5). Stoddart posted scores of 70 (-1), 75 (+4) and 73 (+2).

Wyoming freshman Mikala Henzlik concluded her best collegiate tournament with a round of 79 (+8), good enough to tie for 11th overall at 228 (+15). Junior Whitney Hernandez fired an 81 (+10) and tied for 26th. Sophomore Lindsay Bauknecht improved from Day One with a final round of 81 (+10), and fellow second-year Cowgirl Kaelee Aegerter shot 84 (+13).

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

The 54-hole event was played at the par-71, 6,225-yard BanBury Golf Course in Eagle, Idaho.

The Cowgirls will continue their busy fall schedule next Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 17-18 when they travel to the Lady Aztec Fall Classic in San Diego, Calif. It will be the fourth consecutive week with a competitive event for UW.