Oct. 17, 2006
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -
University of Wyoming junior Laura Mengelkamp made sure that the Cowgirl golf team's final tournament of the fall season was a memorable one on Tuesday at the TaylorMade Aztec Fall Classic in San Diego, Calif.
Mengelkamp posted the event low round of the day, a three-under par 69, and leapt up the leader board from 25th to finish tied for fifth place in the large field of 113 entrants. UW's stroke average leader got up and down on the final hole to save par and bested her previous career low mark of 70 (-2). This was the seventh top-five finish of her collegiate career and first this season. The long holes were her strength during the event, as Mengelkamp led the tournament in Par 5 scoring average at 4.5 and finished four-under par at that distance.
As a team the Cowgirls moved up four spots from the first day and finished in a tie for 12th place in the 19-school field. UW shot a second round score of 314 (+26). Combined with their first day mark of 315, Wyoming concluded the event at 629 (+53).
"On a positive note, although we did not play our best we did beat our scoring goal for the year, 315, in this round," said Cowgirl head coach Josey Stender. "Overall, I feel like we had a successful fall and I'm encouraged going into our offseason and the spring. Each player had some high points during this portion of our season and they all contributed at some point."
On the strength of their incredible nine-under par first round performance, the Denver Pioneers held onto the team lead and took the tournament title with a total of 582 (+6). BYU took second place at 589 (+13).
Two Pioneer players totaled 141 (-3) and a one-hole playoff determined the individual medalist, with Stephanie Sherlock edging Emily Hoeper.
Representing Wyoming, freshman San Diego product Sarah Fogerty had a solid tournament, shooting 79, 80 and placing in a tie for 59th with her total of 159 (+15).
The 36-hole tournament was played at the Salt Creek golf course, par 72 and 6,259 yards.
Collegiate golf plays both fall and spring events, with emphasis on the spring when conference and NCAA Championship tournaments are contested. Wyoming's next competition will be Feb. 26-27, 2007 at the Fighting Camel Spring Classic in Buies Creek, N.C.