April 27, 2004
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming women's golf coach Jill Rettinger announced today the signing of Laura Mengelkamp, to a national letter of intent.
Mengelkamp, who is rated among the top 80 junior golfers in the United States, will join the Cowgirl golf program in the fall of 2004. She is currently completing her senior year at Dover High School in Dover, Pa. For the 2002-03 season, Mengelkamp was ranked 80th in the nation by the Golfweek/Titleist Performance Index that ranks the top junior golfers in America. Her Golfweek/Titleist Power Rating for the summer of 2003 was 77.68. The 2003-04 rankings will not begin until the summer of 2004.
"Laura (Mengelkamp) is an outstanding young golfer," said Rettinger. "I feel so fortunate to have her join our program. She will fit in well with our current team members, plus she will bring with her a great deal of competitiveness that should raise the bar for our team. Laura will make an immediate positive impact on the Cowgirl golf program."
Among the other accomplishments the 5' 4" junior golfer has achieved are: an appearance in the U.S. Girls Junior Match Play Championships in Connecticut last year; a fourth-place showing at the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Boyne Highlands event in Harbor Springs, Mich.; and a ninth-place finish at the AJGA tournament at Hiwan in Evergreen, Colo.
As a high school golfer, she captured the District III championship in the state of Pennsylvania both her junior and seniors years. She placed fourth in the Pennsylvania State Championship as a junior and 13th her senior season.
The York (Pa.) Daily Record named her its Golfer of the Year in both her junior and senior seasons. She carries a handicap of 4.0. A two-year member of the National Honor Society where she is her chapter's historian, she ranks in the top five percent academically of her graduating class. She plans to major in either environmental geology or environmental natural resources.
Mengelkamp is the daughter of Mike Mengelkamp. She was also recruited by Baylor and Marshall.