Sept. 12, 2009
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
After a record-breaking 2008-09 season, the University of Wyoming Cowgirl golf team is ready to take their game to the next level as they open the 2009-10 season at the Ptarmigan/Ram Fall Classic in Fort Collins, Colo., Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 14-15.
Last season, on 15 different occasions the Cowgirls broke or entered their names into the top-five list all-time. That year saw the likes of a Mountain West Conference Individual Champion with Jonelle Martinez's three day five over par, along with four of the top-five Low Team Rounds and three of the top-five Low Team Event Scores.
The Cowgirls return five letter winners from a year ago and are led by two seniors, Martinez and Sarah Fogerty. There are two juniors, Molly Black and Jenna Zamprelli, while sophomore Juanita Rico returns from her successful freshman campaign. The Cowgirls welcome two newcomers in Dana Zamprelli and Taylor Smalley who look to help contribute to the squad this season.
"I am very excited for the season to get underway," said fifth year UW head coach Josey Stender. "This year we had an extra week to prepare for this tournament and it was nice to have a chance to work with the freshman more than I have in the past."
Last year at the Ram Fall Classic the Cowgirls finished 12th out of 19 teams with their second best team score of 900 (+36) all time. They were led by Martinez with her tie for 23rd place 219 (+3), she was followed by Fogerty and Zamprelli in a tie for 47th place.
"We typically play pretty well at this tournament and are really looking forward to seeing where we stack up against some very competitive teams while seeing some MWC teams at the same time," said Stender.
The Ram Fall Classic will bring top-teams from a year ago, such as 18th-ranked San Jose State, 19th-ranked Louisville and 22nd-ranked New Mexico.
The tournament will begin on Monday with the first two rounds at 8:30 a.m. (MT) and conclude on Tuesday with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Live results can be followed at www.golfstat.com.