Wyoming Women’s Golf Opens Spring Season with Battle at the Rock


LARAMIE, Wyo. (Feb. 10, 2017) -- The University of Wyoming Cowgirl golf team will play in its first event of the spring beginning on Monday. The Cowgirls will take part in the Battle at the Rock tournament, hosted by UC Riverside. A total of 15 teams will compete on the par-72, 6,079-yard course at the Oak Quarry Golf Club.

The first two rounds will commence on Monday with an 8:30 a.m. MT shotgun start, with Tuesday’s final round beginning at the same time. Live scoring will be available via Golfstat and can be found through the link above.

“There will be a lot of talented teams that we saw in the fall and will also see this spring,” Cowgirl head coach Josey Stender said. “What will be new for us is the venue. It’s certainly exciting to start off the spring season with something different. We’ve been focusing on more of a holistic approach. This group may be the most talented team that we’ve had and now it is just working to get all of the other things to fall into place. We’ve stressed each of their own individual process and how it falls in with the goals for our team. The first tournament is about seeing where we are at, but I believe we have a great baseline from the fall season.”

UW will look to continue its improvement after a strong fall season. The Cowgirls completed four events that included two top-five finishes. Wyoming finished in fifth at the Nebraska Chip N’ Club just before tying for fourth at the Wyoming Cowgirl Desert Intercollegiate in Palm Desert. The Cowgirls broke its lowest team average this fall after competing in those four tournaments. UW averaged 303 strokes during each round, breaking the previous mark of 306.8 that was set a year ago.

Wyoming also posted its second-lowest team round (292, +4) in program history during the third round of the Nebraska Chip’ Club and then tied the third-lowest team round (293, +5) during the final round of the Cowgirl Desert Intercollegiate. 

Expected to compete for UW will be Mackenzie Barrie, Gabrielle Gibson, Megan Knadler, Sarah Hankins and Erin Sargent. Klara Castillo and Michelle Romano will also take part in the tournament for the Brown and Gold and will play as individuals. Romano will be competing in her first tournament as a Cowgirl. 

Barrie, Gibson, Hankins and Sargent each earned a top-20 finish during the fall. Hankins led the way as she tied for eighth at the Nebraska Chip N’ Club for her first career top-ten finish. Gibson, the lone California native on UW’s roster, has placed within the top-30 in five of the seven tournaments held in California while playing as a Cowgirl. 

Field:
Wyoming
UC Riverside
Long Beach State
Cal Poly 
Portland State 
Cal State Fullerton 
Cal State Northridge 
Hawaii 
UC Irvine 
Northern Arizona 
Santa Clara 
Montana
Seattle
Cal State Bakersfield
Grand Canyon

Format:  8:30 a.m. MT shotgun start. Monday: 36 Holes, Tuesday: 18.

Live Scoring: Golfstat.com