April 15, 2009
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
For the final time this season the University of Wyoming women's golf team will take to the course as they compete in the Mountain West Conference Championships held in Seaside, Calif., at the Black Horse Golf Course, April 16-18.
The three-day, 54-hole tournament will begin at 8:30 a.m. MT, with each team completing 18 holes per day.
"This is the pinnacle of the whole year. This is what we have been working towards all season," said head coach Josey Stender. "You can't control what everyone else does. I have been telling our girls to just go out there and compete against the course, which could be interesting since it is a new course and we will see just what type of play it favors."
The Cowgirls will send two juniors, two sophomores and one freshman to take on the other six teams from the MWC. Junior Sarah Fogerty leads the team with her 78.00 stroke average in 28 rounds for the Cowgirls, while fellow junior Jonelle Martinez and freshman Juanita Rico follow closely behind with an average of 78.32. Martinez had the best finish this season as she placed sixth out of 99 individuals at the Drake/Hiddenbrooke Intercollegiate earlier this year. While Rico shares the low individual round in Cowgirl history with her second-round 69 (-3) at the CU/Heather Farr Memorial in late September.
"We have a solid five going this week and I wouldn't be surprised if any one of them plays well," said Stender. "This is a group of girls who does not settle for being at the bottom of the list and will fight and scratch for 54 holes. We have a bit of a rhythm leading into this week as we have started to play better in the last few tournaments."
The Cowgirls finished fifth twice in a row at the NAU/Red Rocks Invite and Drake/Hiddenbrooke Intercollegiate, placed ninth at the BYU/Dixie Classic, and sixth at their own Cowgirl Classic in Chandler, Ariz. The Cowgirls finished sixth last year at the MWC Championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Live results and up-to-date team scoring can be followed at www.themwc.com at the women's golf page.