March 4, 2011
After completing a promising fall season last October, the University of Wyoming women's golf team starts the spring portion of its 2010-11 schedule at the UNLV Spring Invitational on Monday-Wednesday. The tournament will be hosted at the Boulder Creek Golf Course in Boulder City, Nev.
The event is the start of a challenging spring schedule featuring several prestigious tournaments that will draw numerous ranked programs. UNLV's event has seven teams ranked in the top 58 in the nation according to Golfweek, including No. 20 Oklahoma.
"This is the most competitive schedule we've had as far as the tournaments we are in and the field we are going to see each week," head coach Josey Stender said. "We have the talent to compete with these top 25 teams throughout the spring. We put in the work to get our game to that point, so now we'll see what happens when we get in that competitive environment."
Stender noted the most improved area for the squad over the offseason workouts was its fundamentals in the short game.
"We've been really creative in the different mechanics we've been working on," she said. "We've been able to get outside more than in years past and I've been impressed by how solid the girls' short game has been."
With all seven Cowgirls within a three-stroke average of each other, the competition on the team has improved each player.
"Every one of them has worked hard enough and has the potential to be our top golfer," Stender said. "That only makes our team better."
Wyoming continues a busy spring schedule by visiting Kane'ohe, Hawai'i, for the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational on March 14-15.
* Senior Molly Black had the lowest stroke average on the team at 77.
* Sophomore Dana Zamprelli had the lowest round score for UW, shooting a 71 (-1) in the second round of the CU/Heather Farr Memorial.
* Freshmen Emily Wood and Stacey Blunt finished with identical stats during the fall season. Each totaled 717 strokes over nine rounds for an average of 79.6 strokes per round, and each had a low round of 73 (+1).