LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming women's golf team will continue with its fall schedule as host of the Wyoming Cowgirl Desert Intercollegiate on Saturday and Sunday at the Classic Club in Palm Desert, Calif.
"It's exciting, especially early in the season to be able to host a tournament," UW head coach Josey Stender said. "The staff at the Classic Club is phenomenal. It's a championship facility and they treat us great. We have worked all week to focus on what we know we will see at the course in Palm Desert. I think our girls feel pretty confident heading into this tournament."
A total of 14 teams will compete on the par-72, 6,112-yard course at the Classic Club. The first two rounds will commence on Saturday with an 8:30 a.m., MT shotgun start, with Sunday's final 18 holes beginning at the same time. This year marks the fifth-consecutive year Wyoming will host the tournament at the Classic Club in Palm Desert.
"It's always fun for us to see other teams," Stender mentioned. "A few of the teams competing in this event will contend if not win their conference championship this year. The conditions may be a factor out on the course, but like always it will be a very competitive event."
Wyoming is coming off a 16th place finish at the Colonel Wollenberg Ptarmigan Ram Classic hosted by Colorado State in Fort Collins on Sept. 14-15. Sophomore Klara Castillo led the Cowgirls with a 234 (+18) and finished tied 64th. Kathleen Kershisnik and Gabrielle Gibson each tied 71st with a 235 (+19), as freshmen Megan and Kaylee Knadler scored a 238 (+22) and 239 (+23), respectively. Mackenzie Barrie rounded out the Cowgirls with a 244 (+28) in Fort Collins.
"The group we have this year is very competitive and close," Stender added. "It's encouraging to see young players contribute immediately and all the returners who have improved. I'm looking forward to seeing how we will have improved from our first event."
Kershisnik, Castillo, Gibson, junior Taylor Dorans and Megan Knadler will be in UW's starting five this weekend. Kaylee Knadler, Barrie, senior Emily Woodard and redshirt freshman Amanda Hinchey will play as individuals.
During last year's tournament, the Cowgirls finished tenth in the 16-team field. UW finished the tournament with a three-round total of 943 (+79). Gibson paced Wyoming, as she tied for 14th after carding a 231 (+15) for the first top-15 finish of her career.