Oct. 18, 2005
CHULA VISTA, Calif. -
In a tournament that has not been kind to the University of Wyoming Cowgirl golf team over the years, UW buried a lot of bad memories on Tuesday with a final round of 305 (+17) at the Lady Aztec Invitational. UW's score was the second lowest team round of the day. The solid 18 holes by Wyoming allowed them to jump three spots in the team standings and finish in eighth of 13 schools with a total of 939 (+75).
This was the fourth straight year that the Cowgirls have competed in the event hosted by San Diego State, and Tuesday's score of 305 is Wyoming's lowest team round in that span. UW's team finish of eighth is also the best in four seasons by the Cowgirls at the Lady Aztec Invitational.
The host Aztecs maintained their Day One lead to claim the team title by ten strokes at 906 (+42). Sacramento State was second (916) and Montana finished third (919).
"Everything is really coming together for us," said Cowgirl head coach Josey Stender. "We still have some work to do, but today was definitely a good day.
"We knew that we were close and could move ahead of some teams with a good round today. I told the girls to just stay within themselves. They did a good job of playing their game and not letting other players, teams or the elements distract them.
"Over the next couple of weeks we will focus on catching up in school, get in some good practice and then finish the fall on a positive note at our last tournament."
Sacramento State's Margaux Sheehan earned individual medalist honors by five strokes with a three-round total of 217 (+1).
For the second straight event Wyoming was led by the youthful tandem of sophomore Laura Mengelkamp and freshman Mikala Henzlik.
Mengelkamp blistered the course in her final 18 holes and tied a career best with a mark of 70 (-2). With her low final round, she moved up 13 spots within the field and finished tied for fourth of 70 competitors, only one stroke back of second place at 223 (+7). This was the third top-four finish of the season for Mengelkamp, the second consecutive and the sixth of her collegiate career.
Henzlik also matched her career best round, with her score of 74 (+2) on the final day. She jumped ten places to tie for 17th. In relation to par, her two-day total of 230 (+14) is also a career best. Over the last two tournaments Henzlik has improved her scoring average nearly two and a half points, from 82.44 to 80.00.
Not to be left out, Wyoming sophomore Kaelee Aegerter totaled a career best 244 (+28), after a closing score of 80 (+8). Junior Whitney Hernandez had a final mark of 81 (+9), while sophomore Lindsay Bauknecht was one stroke back at 82 (+10).
Each team plays five golfers and counts the four low marks in collegiate golf.
The 54-hole event was played at the par-72, 6,259-yard Auld Course in Chula Vista.
Wyoming now has a brief break before their final fall tournament, Nov. 7-8 in Augusta, Ga., at the Lady Jaguar Invitational.