July 19, 2011
Incoming University of Wyoming golfer Samantha Stancato shot a 77 on Monday at the U.S. Women's Amateur Sectional Qualifying tournament in Denver to earn the fifth and final qualifying spot for the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship. A native of Colorado Springs, Colo., Stancato signed with the Cowgirls last fall and will begin her freshman year during the 2011-12 season.
"I am so proud of Sam qualifying for our nation's amateur championship tournament," UW head coach Josey Stender said. "Her achievement is a credit to the hard work she has put in this summer and shows she is ready to be an immediate contributor as a Cowgirl."
Stancato's round at Green Gables Country Club on Monday was far from normal. She hit into water hazards twice, made two double bogeys and was stung by a bee to shoot 40 on the front nine, but bounced back with a 37 on the back nine to earn a spot in a four-person playoff. Stancato and two-time CWGA Stroke Play champion Melissa Martin needed four extra holes to determine who would take the final berth. Stancato made a 20-foot putt on the first hole to save par, while both made pars on the second and third holes.
On the par-three fourth hole, Martin struggled to allow Stancato to two-putt for par to advance. Stancato double bogeyed two par threes during her round on Monday and was also stung on the par-three seventh hole when a bee got stuck in her shoe.
Stancato finished her prep career at Coronado High School this spring with a third-place finish at the 4A state tournament. She carried a 75.8 scoring average during her senior season.
The U.S. Women's Amateur Championship will be played Aug. 8-14 in Barrington, Rhode Island.