Wyoming Cowgirl Golf Fights Rain at Lady Aztec Invitational

Oct. 17, 2005

CHULA VISTA, Calif. -

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Improving 15 strokes from this same tournament last season, the University of Wyoming Cowgirl golf team ended two rounds at the Lady Aztec Invitational with scores of 316 (+28) and 318 (+30) on Monday. UW's total of 634 (+58) places them in 11th out of 13 teams.

Despite rain off and on all day, host San Diego State leads their own event with a 36-hole total of 605 (+29). Two strokes back is Sacramento State, followed by Northern Arizona at 609 (+33).

Sacramento State's Margaux Sheehan has the individual lead at 143 (-1), after rounds of 68 (-4) and 75 (+3).

"I wish that we had scored better today, but we did overcome some big mental battles today," said Cowgirl head coach Josey Stender. "There are some bad memories of this tournament and I think the girls did better here than they expected. We are trying to play in the present.

"The rain really didn't affect our play. We had prepared for the worst, so we were ready. Tomorrow's weather is supposed to be worse than today, so we will focus on keeping mentally strong and not letting the outside elements get to us."

Cowgirl sophomore Laura Mengelkamp paced her team, with marks of 76 (+4) and 77 (+5), She is tied for 17th of 71 competitors.

Wyoming freshman Mikala Henzlik continues to improve and had scores of 76 (+4) and 80 (+8). Henzlik is tied for 27th. Sophomore Kaelee Aegerter was next with scorecards of 81 (+9) and 83 (+11). Junior Whitney Hernandez and sophomore Lindsay Bauknecht are tied at 52nd overall. Hernandez shot 83 (+11) and 82 (+10), and Bauknecht bounced back from an opening mark of 86 (+14) to shoot 79 (+7).

The third and final round will be played Tuesday morning with a shotgun start at 8:00 am (PST).

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

The 54-hole event is being played at the par-72, 6,259-yard Auld Course.