March 29, 2012
Colorado Springs, Colo. - The University of Wyoming's Juanita Rico has been named the Mountain West Women's Golfer of the Month for March, the conference office announced today. The award is the first for Rico and first for a Cowgirl since 2000.
"This award is great public recognition of Juanita's hard work and dedication that I see every day," UW head coach Josey Stender said. "It's rare to get this award with how strong our conference is, so this is another great building block for Juanita's resume for all-conference honors this spring."
Rico notched exceptional performances in Wyoming's four tournaments during March, including top-20 individual finishes in each and two top-five showings. She opened the month with a 155 (+11) effort to tie for 18th at the NAU Red Rocks Invitational on March 3-4, while the Cowgirls finished sixth as a team at 634 (+58). Rico followed with a fourth-place finish at the Fresno State Lexus Classic on March 12-13 after a three-round total of 221 (+5) to help UW claim fifth for its third top-five team finish of the season, the program's most since 2008-09.
Rico collected her second top-five individual finish of the month at the Bison Challenge at Paiute on March 15-17. Battling windy conditions that cancelled the tournament's third round, she posted a 154 (+10) to tie for fifth. She closed out the month tying for 13th individually in a strong field at the MountainView Collegiate on March 23-24. Rico shot two rounds under par for a 218 (+2) to tie the fourth-lowest individual event score in program history. As a team, Wyoming tied for the third-lowest event team score in program history with a 900 (+36).
Rico has recorded five rounds at par or better in 21 rounds this season, while her 75.14 stroke average ranks fifth in the MW. Jessi Santesson was UW's previous honoree, as she was named MW Golfer of the Week on March 16, 2000.