Cowgirls Play First Round at the Aztec Fall Classic

Oct. 16, 2006

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -

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The University of Wyoming Cowgirl golfers began their final event of the fall season with a team round of 315 (+27) on Monday at the TaylorMade Aztec Fall Classic in San Diego, Calif.

That score puts Wyoming in 16th place, but within striking distance of a handful of teams. Denver leads the tournament with a blistering first round score of 279 (-9), giving the Pioneers a huge 17-stroke lead over second place BYU, 296 (+8).

The 19-team field will play one final 18-hole round Tuesday morning at the Salt Creek golf course, par 72 and 6,259 yards.

"This is a good field and the course was really set up for scoring today," said Cowgirl head coach Josey Stender. "We didn't play well and shot 315, which is better than we could say in the past. Tomorrow will be our final round of the fall, so the team wants to go out and finish strong and have a really good show. We need to take advantage of scoring opportunities since this is only a 36-hole event."

Cowgirl junior Laura Mengelkamp turned in a team-best scorecard of 76 (+4), which puts her in a tie for 25th of 113 participants.

Also counting towards UW's team score were a pair of 79s (+7) from freshman San Diego product Sarah Fogerty and sophomore Mikala Henzlik, as well as an 81 (+9) from junior Kaelee Aegerter.

Denver's Emily Hoeper sits atop the individual standings by three strokes with her score of 66 (-6).