LARAMIE, Wyo. -
After a three month break the University of Wyoming women's golf team returns to the course at the Matador Invitational in Simi Valley, Calif. The tournament hosted by Cal State Northridge is held on the Par-72 5,808-yard Wood Ranch Golf Club. The nine-team field will feature 51 players.
"This season is a little different because we are starting so earlier, but we are exciting to get going," head coach Josey Stender said. "With the new building our kids have had more time to get prepared."
The Cowgirls had their best tournament of the fall at the New Mexico State Invitational. UW recorded its lowest score of the fall with a team score of 909 (+45). In the second round of play, Wyoming carded a 301 (+13), the lowest round of the season for the Cowgirls.
Redshirt Freshman Gabrielle Gibson led the Cowgirls in two tournaments during the fall, the most by any Cowgirl golfer. She led the Cowgirls at the Firestone Grill Women's Invitational and the Wyoming Cowgirl Desert Intercollegiate, where she finished in 14th place. Her 14th place finish was the best by a Cowgirl so far this season.
The Cowgirls closed out the fall season with Gibson and sophomore Taylor Dorans earning top-20 finishes at the Firestone Grill Women's Invitational. It was the first time since the Price's "Give Em' Five" Invitational in 2013 that two Cowgirl golfers placed in the top 20.
The Matador Invitational will be the first of six spring tournaments for the Cowgirls. The highlight of the schedule will be the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic in Maricopa, Ariz. The Cowgirls close out the season at the Mountain West Championship help at the Dinah Shore Course at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif.
"We always have a strong schedule in the spring and having some familiar tournaments will helps us along," Stender.
Recaps for both days of the tournament will be available on GoWyo.com.