April 5, 2007
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
For the first time, the University of Wyoming women's golf team will take their home colors of brown and gold to the desert of Arizona to host the inaugural Wyoming Cowgirl Classic next Monday and Tuesday, April 9-10, at the Ocotillo Golf Resort in Chandler, Ariz. The tournament will play 54 holes, 36 on the first day and 18 on the second day.
"By hosting this event we are making a statement about the direction of Wyoming Cowgirl Golf," said UW head coach Josey Stender. "With a home event comes recognition and publicity, and due to the tremendous support from Ocotillo, Troon Golf and our Director of Golf Joe Jensen, we will host a tournament that is first class and one that shows off our Wyoming hospitality. Our team has bought into the idea of a home event and has really developed a sense of pride in making it their own."
The Wyoming Cowgirl Classic will coincide with the fifth annual Wyoming Cowboy Classic, which will also be played April 9-10. The Cowboy Classic, presented by Cleveland Golf, will be held at Talking Stick Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. Since the two events fall on Easter weekend, participants and coaches will be invited to an Easter morning church service, made possible by the Arizona chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Sunday morning at the Resort Suites in Scottsdale.
"We're already looking forward to growing the women's tournament and our men's event at Talking Stick is a great example of what we can look forward to," added Stender. "This year's field is mainly regional, but should prove to be competitive. Ocotillo is an awesome course and this will be a good way for us to head into the upcoming Mountain West Conference Championship."
The Cowgirls will be led by junior Laura Mengelkamp who recently recorded her eighth career top-five finish at the 2007 MSU Bobcat Desert Classic. Mengelkamp leads the Cowgirls with the lowest stroke average on the team of 77.28. Coming on strong in her second semester of collegiate golf is freshman Sarah Fogerty. At one point this spring, Fogerty had three consecutive events in which she placed in the top-25.
The Cowgirls will welcome nine teams to their inaugural tournament. The field includes the University of British Columbia, Idaho State, Montana, Montana State, Northern Colorado, North Dakota State, Northern Arizona, South Dakota State and Wyoming.
Ocotillo Golf Resort is an award-winning 27-hole Troon Golf facility, designed by Ted Robinson. The layout of waterscaped and picturesque holes, contains more water hazards than any other course in the state of Arizona. The course was recently honored by Golf Digest as one of only four courses in Arizona to achieve a four star rating for "Places to Play".
Cowgirl Classic Schedule:
Easter Service, Sunday, April 8, 8:30 a.m. at Resort Suites, presented by Arizona FCA
Practice Rounds, Sunday, April 8, Beginning at 10:48 a.m.
First and Second Rounds (played consecutively), Monday, April 9, Shotgun start at 7:45 a.m.
Final Round, Tuesday, April 10, Shotgun start at 7:45 a.m.
Host Course: Ocotillo Golf Resort, Chandler, Ariz., 1-480-917-6660Teams will play the blue nine for the front and the white nine as the back
Yardage/Par: 6,108 yards / Par 72