Wood Paces Cowgirls on First Day of MountainView Collegiate
March 23, 2012
Tucson, Ariz. -
Sophomore Emily Wood tied her career low twice with back-to-back rounds of 73 (+1) on Friday to pace the University of Wyoming women's golf team to 11th place through the first day of the Mountainview Collegiate at the Mountainview Country Club. Facing their toughest field of the spring, the Cowgirls shot a season-low 298 in the first round and followed with a 303 in the second to sit two strokes back of three teams at 601 (+25). Texas Tech leads the 15-team field at 570 (-6).
"This is obviously a very competitive field, but it's also a very scorable course," UW head coach Josey Stender said. "We have felt very comfortable and confident on this course from the start. We had a good experience here last year, so we took that positive and stuck with what we wanted to do today."
Wood continued her breakout spring with another solid performance on Friday to sit tied for 20th at 146 (+2). She tied her career low of 73 (+1) from the fall of 2010 twice in the first and second rounds, after shooting season lows twice last week. She ranks seconds in the 86-player field in par three scoring with a 2.75 average.
"Emily has been very smart and confident in her decision making and course management this spring," Stender said. "She believes in what she's been practicing and its working for her right now. It's great that all of our girls have stepped up their level of competition to push each other."
Senior Juanita Rico is tied for 25th at 147 (+3) after shooting a season-low 71 (-1) in the first round and following with a 76 (+4). Freshman Samantha Stancato had a solid first round as well with a career-low 73 (+1), but likewise shot higher in the second round with an 82 (+10) to finish the first day tied for 63rd at 155 (+11). Sophomore Stacey Blunt improved her second-round score by five strokes to finish 74th at 157 (+13), while junior Dana Zamprelli rounded out UW's top five at 160 (+16). Senior Jenna Zamprelli shot 163 (+19) as an individual.
"We need to soak up the positive of today, but not dwell on it," Stender said. "We shoot well on this course, but still have to play in the moment and have that competitive edge tomorrow. To stay consistent and finish with another round around 300 would be great."
Competition concludes with 18 holes at 8:30 a.m. MT tomorrow.
MountainView Collegiate Day One Results
Wyoming Day One Individual Results
*-Jenna Zamprelli is playing as an individual.