April 12, 2011
The University of Wyoming women's golf team will hit the links for the final time during the 2010-11 season when the Cowgirls travel to the 2011 Mountain West Conference Championship on Thursday-Saturday at the Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park, Ariz. The seven-team field will tee off for 18 holes each day at 8 am. MT and fans can follow live results through GolfStat.com.
"If we can continue to play consistent and to our potential, then we will compete well at the conference tournament," UW head coach Josey Stender said. "I can't determine what the other schools are going to do, but we've proven we can be competitive with them. It's just putting those three rounds together."
Wyoming, which is paired with New Mexico for the first round, returns three Cowgirls from a squad that finished sixth last season with a three-round total of 952 (+88). UW's experience is led by junior Juanita Rico and senior Molly Black, who rank 17th and 18th in the conference this season with stroke averages of 76.8 and 77.0, respectively. Sophomore Dana Zamprelli gained valuable experience with a 253 (+37) at last year's conference tournament, while redshirt junior Jenna Zamprelli also competes in her second MWC Championship after shooting 246 (+30) in 2009. Freshman Stacey Blunt makes her first appearance at the event and rounds out UW's competitors.
"Molly and Juanita just need to keep doing what they've been doing, which is playing consistent," Stender said. "Stacey can ride the high note of how well she played at our tournament. She's hitting the ball really well right now. Dana has the ability to make a lot of birdies, so if she can avoid the big numbers she can be right around par. Jenna has had an up-and-down year, but mentally she is where she needs to be now. If she can stay level, she can play well."
The 6,408-yard Wigwam Resort course will challenge New Mexico, which has won the last three team titles. The Lobos have also captured three of the last four individual titles, as Wyoming's Jonelle Martinez interrupted the streak in 2009. TCU and UNLV should battle for the conference title also, as the two enter as the top two MWC teams in the GolfStat rankings at No. 34 and 46, respectively. The Horned Frogs and Rebels have also combined to win five of the six MWC Golfer of the Month awards this season.