Wyoming Golf Set to Host Cowgirl Desert Intercollegiate

Oct. 11, 2013

PALM DESERT, Calif. - The University of Wyoming women's golf team will conclude the fall portion of its 2013 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 on the par-72, 6,112-yard course. 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 third-straight year Wyoming will host the tournament at The Classic Club golf course in Palm Desert.

"This will be a great tournament," UW head coach Josey Stender said. "I'm expecting our core group of leaders and upperclassmen to carry the load and keep doing what we have been doing by showing progress. There is tremendous competition so we'll need everyone to be consistent and end our fall season on a positive note."

Wyoming is coming off an eighth-place team finish at the Price's " Give `Em Five" Intercollegiate hosted by New Mexico State on Oct. 7-9 in Las Cruces, N.M., after shooting the second-best team score in school history with an 897 (+33) during the tournament. Senior Stacey Blunt led the Cowgirls with a 221 (+5) and finished tied 12th. Emily Wood posted her fourth career top-25 finish to tie for 17th at a 222 (+6), while junior Samantha Stancato carded a 225 (+9) to finish the tournament tied for 27th. Freshman Taylor Dorans tied for 67th after a third-round score of 82 (+10) to finish with 238 (+26), as Emily Woodard, who played as an individual in Las Cruces, finished the tournament with 242 (+26).

"It's very important for us to be able to take the experience from earlier this week and build from that," Stender added. "We know we'll be on a different course and it will be a different set of circumstances but we've been talking about that all year. If we can continue to be in the moment and be patience and play disciplined golf, than we give ourselves a chance to be competitive."

Blunt, Wood, Stancato, Kershisnik and freshman Mackenzie Barrie will be in UW's starting five this weekend. Dorans, junior Kristen Jensen and Woodard will play as individuals.

During last year's tournament, the Cowgirls finished sixth in the 19-team field. Wood and Stancato paced Wyoming as they tied for 15th individually after carding 227 (+11), while Kershisnik fired a 239 (+23). Blunt shot 246 (+30), and Jensen finished with 256 (+40).

At the 2011tournament, Wyoming took home a third-place finish of 15 total teams. The Cowgirls were led by Blunt, as she recorded her best-ever finish as a Cowgirl. She shot 228 (+12) to finish tied for eighth. Stancato and Wood played as individuals and shot 242 (+26) and 247 (+31), respectively.

Complete results and a recap will be posted on GoWyo.com following each day of competition.