Women's Golf

Cowgirl Golfer Stancato Qualifies for U.S. Women's Amateur

UW's Samantha Stancato has qualified for the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship.

UW's Samantha Stancato has qualified for the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship.

July 19, 2011

Laramie, Wyo.

U.S. Women's Amateur Championship

Incoming University of Wyoming golfer Samantha Stancato shot a 77 on Monday at the U.S. Women's Amateur Sectional Qualifying tournament in Denver to earn the fifth and final qualifying spot for the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship. A native of Colorado Springs, Colo., Stancato signed with the Cowgirls last fall and will begin her freshman year during the 2011-12 season.

"I am so proud of Sam qualifying for our nation's amateur championship tournament," UW head coach Josey Stender said. "Her achievement is a credit to the hard work she has put in this summer and shows she is ready to be an immediate contributor as a Cowgirl."

Stancato's round at Green Gables Country Club on Monday was far from normal. She hit into water hazards twice, made two double bogeys and was stung by a bee to shoot 40 on the front nine, but bounced back with a 37 on the back nine to earn a spot in a four-person playoff. Stancato and two-time CWGA Stroke Play champion Melissa Martin needed four extra holes to determine who would take the final berth. Stancato made a 20-foot putt on the first hole to save par, while both made pars on the second and third holes.

On the par-three fourth hole, Martin struggled to allow Stancato to two-putt for par to advance. Stancato double bogeyed two par threes during her round on Monday and was also stung on the par-three seventh hole when a bee got stuck in her shoe.

Stancato finished her prep career at Coronado High School this spring with a third-place finish at the 4A state tournament. She carried a 75.8 scoring average during her senior season.

The U.S. Women's Amateur Championship will be played Aug. 8-14 in Barrington, Rhode Island.



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