LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming Cowgirl golf team will send an experienced group to the Mountain West Championship Monday through Wednesday with one round each day in Rancho Mirage, Calif. The tournament will be held on the Dinah Shore course at Mission Hills Country Club. The challenging course is the home of one of the LPGA's top majors in the ANA Inspiration.
"It is always exciting going back to a course that hosts a tour championship and this is the same lineup that shot our best round this season and I'm very confident in them," head coach Josey Stender said.
Senior Samantha Stancato, junior Emily Woodard and sophomore Mackenzie Barrie bring experience to the Cowgirls lineup after competing at the championship a season ago. Woodard had a breakout tournament finishing 14th in 2014 with a score of 228 (+228). Woodard was the Cowgirls' highest finisher in the event since Juanita Rico placed 11th at the 2012 MW Championship. Stancato will be making her fourth career appearance at the championship for the Cowgirls.
"We have seen a high level of competition this spring heading into this tournament and I think that will help us this week," Stender said.
Stancato is hitting her stride going into the final tournament of the season. She has led the Cowgirls in back-to-back events and is averaging 74.3 stroke per round the last two events. She is second on the team in stroke average at 77.7 per round.
Barrie leads the Cowgirls in stroke average this season at 77.6. Her top finish this season was tying for seventh at the Grand Canyon Invitational. Sophomore Taylor Dorans has been one of UW's most consistent golfers this spring with two top-25 finishes. She is averaging 77.8 stroke per round to rank third on the team. Redshirt freshman Gabrielle Gibson heads to the tournament fourth on the team in stroke average at 79.1 per round.
Last season, New Mexico earned the team title edging out San Jose State by one stroke at 902 (+38). San Diego State, Fresno State and UNLV each tied for third-place with tallies of 909 (+45). Fresno State's Gudrun Bjorgvinsdottir earned medalist honors at 218 (+2).
The Cowgirls open the championship on Monday morning at 9:30 a.m. MT. Wyoming will be paired with Colorado State and San Jose State. Fans can follow the action by visiting the live result link above.