Cowgirl Golf Adds Two Student-Athletes For 2011-12

Nov. 29, 2010

LARAMIE, Wyo. - Wyoming women's golf coach Josey Stender announced Monday the addition of two student-athletes for the 2011 golf season.

Samantha Stancato and Emily Woodard will hit the links for the Cowgirls for the fall slate of tournaments.

"Sam and Emily are proven competitors and will be great additions to our already deep roster," Stender said. "Both young ladies are long off the tee and fit the athletic model that has been very successful for us.

"Emily and Sam are also outstanding students which will help continue our academic tradition in Wyoming golf."

Woodard, of Cheyenne, Wyo., is a 5-foot-11 right-hander who will graduate from Cheyenne Central High School. She was a four-year letterman in golf, and also lettered in indoor and outdoor track. She won the state championship twice and was the runner-up in her senior year. Academically, she was an honor roll student all four years and in the National Honor Society in her senior year.

"Emily is one of the best female players to come out of Wyoming in a long time and she knows how to win," Stender said. "She has been very successful in nationally ranked events, high school and statewide amateur tournaments. We are fortunate to keep a competitor like her in her home state to represent the Cowgirls."

Stancato hails from Colorado Springs, Colo., and attends Coronado High School. The 5-foot-7 student-athlete carried a 79.4 scoring average in her tournaments last season. She finished tied for first at an event Nov. 6-7 in Arizona on the Future Collegians World Tour, shooting a 148(+8) over two rounds. Academically, she was on the 3.75 GPA list for three years and was a member of the academic all-state team.

"Sam is a determined hard worker with a great mind set for the game," Stender said. "She has great fundamentals and continues to add wins, both nationally and regionally, to her resume."

Stancato and Woodard will provide depth and ability to an already young and talented Cowgirl roster.

"I believe both Sam and Emily will have the ability to make an immediate impact next season," Stender said.