Golf Set to Host Wyoming Cowgirl Desert Intercollegiate

Oct. 11, 2012

Laramie, Wyo. - The University of Wyoming women's golf team will conclude the fall portion of its 2012-13 schedule by hosting the Wyoming Cowgirl Desert Intercollegiate on Saturday and Sunday at The Classic Club in Palm Desert, Calif.

The Cowgirls will play host to 19 teams and 103 student-athletes on the par-72 course that is set up at 6,119 yards. Competition starts at 8:30 a.m. MT each day, with two rounds on Saturday and one on Sunday. This will be the second time the Cowgirls have hosted a fall tournament under head coach Josey Stender.

"It says a lot about the staff and the grounds at The Classic Club that our tournament field has improved by so much in the second year," Stender said. "CSU Fullerton just won a tournament, Northern Colorado is the defending Big Sky Conference champion and College of Charleston is historically a great program on the East Coast to name just a few of the programs attending. We appreciate everyone at The Classic Club and Troon Golf for making this such a successful event."

Wyoming is coming off a ninth-place team showing at the Rose City Collegiate on Oct. 1-2 in Aurora, Ore., after shooting 948 (+84) at the event. Sophomore Samantha Stancato paced the Cowgirls with a 233 (+17) to tie for 22nd in the individual standings and claim her second career top-25 finish. Freshman Tyler Barker continued a strong start to her collegiate career with a 238 (+22) to finish tied for 34th, while junior Stacey Blunt was two strokes back in a tie for 39th. Senior Dana Zamprelli carded a 246 (+30) to tie for 57th, while junior Emily Wood was disqualified after signing an incorrect scorecard in the final round.

Zamprelli, Wood, Barker and Stancato, along with freshman Kathleen Kershisnik, will be in UW's starting five this weekend, while Blunt and sophomore Kristen Jensen will play as individuals. Five different Cowgirls have been UW's lowest scorer during the nine rounds this fall season.

"We are becoming more consistent with our rounds, but I need every player to up their level of play for us to have a great team performance this weekend," Stender said. "There have been some solid individual performances, but I really need to see better play from some of our upperclassmen."

Complete results and a recap will be posted on following each day.

"Our goal is to end the fall season on a consistent note," Stender said. "I want to see the team continue to make progress in their decision making and managing their emotions. They have the execution down. Now it's about pulling it all together."