Cowgirls Prepare for Mountain West Championship

April 16, 2016

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The University of Wyoming women's golf team will begin postseason play on Monday when it ventures to the Coachella Valley for the Mountain West Championship on April 18-20, in Rancho Mirage, Calif. The 54-hole event will be contested at the Mission Hills Country Club on the Dinah Shore Tournament Course.

The MW Championship will be at Mission Hills for the fourth-straight season. Annually, the Ana Inspiration, the LPGA's first major championship of the year is held at the course. It is rated the No. 1 course in the Coachella Valley and has also hosted the PGA Club Professional Championship and the California State Open.

A practice round on Sunday will be followed by 18 holes on the par-72, 6,291 yard Dinah Shore Golf Course on each of the three days. Wyoming is slated to tee off with Fresno State and New Mexico on Monday in the third group, starting at 9:30 a.m. MT, while the pairings for final two rounds will be based off team standings after the opening round.

Head coach Josey Stender will accompany five Cowgirls to Southern California this weekend. The lineup for UW will feature sophomore Gabrielle Gibson, sophomore Klara Castillo, freshmen Kaylee and Megan Knadler and senior Kathleen Kershisnik.

Gibson will be appearing in the MW Championship for the second-consecutive year. It will mark Kershisnik's second trip as well, first since her freshman campaign, while Castillo and the Knadler's will be first time participants.

Gibson leads the Cowgirls in stroke average this season at 76. Her top finish came at the Grand Canyon Invite when she placed second. It was the best finish of her career and second career top-five finish, as she tied fifth at Denver Ron Moore Intercollegiate this past fall. Megan Knadler is second on the team with a 76.6 stroke average and has led UW in four separate tournaments. Additionally, she has had four top-20 finishes in her freshman season with her best being a top-10 finish at the Cowgirl Desert Intercollegiate. Castillo claimed her first top-five finish this past weekend at the Bobcat Spring Invite and has a 77.8 stroke average, followed by Kaylee Knadler at 78.3 and Kershisnik with 78.6. Kaylee Knadler, Castillo and Kershisnik each have one top-ten finish on the season.

Gibson placed 42nd at last season's tournament with a three-round total of 242 (+26). As a freshman Kershisnik took 38th with a 257 (+31).

San Diego State won the championship last season with a team score of 876 (+12). New Mexico's Manon Molle won the individual title in a sudden death playoff over San Diego State's Milagros Chavez. Molle shot five-under par on the final day to claim the crown.

The MW will provide live hole-by-hole scoring at the 2016 Women's Golf Championship. Live action can be tracked on the tournament central page or directly on GolfStat.com.