April 24, 2013
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming women's golf team hits the links for the final time during the 2012-13 season when the Cowgirls travel to the 2013 Mountain West Championship on Thursday through Saturday at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif. The eight-team field will play 18 holes starting at 8:30 a.m. MT each day on the par-72, 6,324-yard Dinah Shore Tournament Course. Fans can follow live hole-by-hole results through Golfstat.com.
Wyoming, which is paired with San Diego State and Nevada in the first round, returns four Cowgirls from a squad that finished seventh last season with a score of 945 (+81) at the Wigwam Resort in Phoenix, Ariz. Juniors Stacey Blunt and Emily Wood finished just outside the top 25 at last year's MW Championship, but have paced UW the majority of this spring. Blunt has finished as the top Cowgirl at five of Wyoming's six tournaments, while Wood's 79.0 strokes per round this season lead the team. All five Cowgirls competing this weekend are within 2.5 strokes of each other.
Sophomore Samantha Stancato is coming off the best tournament of her career, after finishing fourth at last week's Fresno State Lexus Classic with a 220 (+4). Senior Dana Zamprelli is UW's top returning golfer from last year's conference championship. She was the second Cowgirl at 233 (+17) in 2012. Freshman Kathleen Kershisnik rounds out UW's lineup and will make her first appearance at the MW Championship this weekend.
TCU captured the team title in 2012 with a 904 (+40), while the Horned Frogs' Sanna Nuutinen won the individual title after four tiebreak holes. UNLV enters this year's tournament as the top-ranked MW team, earning the No. 50 spot in the latest Golfweek rankings, while a total of five conference teams are ranked in the top 100 in the nation. UNLV's Dana Finkelstein is the only MW player in the individual top 100 rankings at No. 75.