The Ranger (beta)

Fremont County's Daily Newspaper

News of Riverton, Lander and Fremont County, Wyoming, from the Ranger's award winning journalists.

Ranger Login

Wyoming Battles Conditions on First Day of Bison Challenge

Mar 16, 2012 - UW Sports Information

Las Vegas (March 16, 2012) - Senior Juanita Rico sits tied for fifth and the University of Wyoming women's golf team is seventh in the team standings after the first two rounds of the Bison Challenge at Paiute on Friday in Las Vegas. The Cowgirls battled windy conditions all day to post a score of 644 (+68) through the first day, while Oral Roberts leads the 18-team field at 614 (+38).

"It was extremely windy today and, if the greens would have been any faster, the conditions would have been unplayable," UW head coach Josey Stender said. "We handled the wind fairly well and we swung with confidence, but we just missed a lot of short puts. That started to wear on us."

Rico continued her exceptional play for Wyoming with rounds of 78 (+6) and 76 (+4) to sit tied for fifth at 154 (+10) after two rounds. She was the only Cowgirl to shoot lower during the second round. Junior Dana Zamprelli put forth a solid effort as well with two rounds of 79 (+7) for a 14th-place tie at 158 (+14).

"Juanita and Dana kept up their intensity level and energy today," Stender said. "It was a very long day and they stayed focused throughout both rounds. They both played so much better than what their scored indicated."

Sophomore Emily Wood sits tied for 44th at 165 (+21), while freshman Samantha Stancato is two strokes back tied for 53rd. Sophomore Stacey Blunt and senior Jenna Zamprelli are tied for 65th at 169 (+25).

"I'm not disappointed in how we played, but we struggled with putting today," Stender said. "Our course management was very good and with conditions the way they were, I was please. Tomorrow we have to have confidence in our read and technique and those putts will drop."

The tournament concludes with 18 holes at 9 a.m. tomorrow morning.

Bison Challenge at Paiute Day One Results

1. Oral Roberts: 309 - 305 = 614 (+38)

2. San Francisco: 320 - 311 = 631 (+55)

3. Eastern Kentucky: 314 - 319 = 633 (+57)

4. Bucknell: 322 - 312 = 634 (+58)

5. Texas A&M Corpus Christi: 317 - 318 = 635 (+59)

7. Wyoming: 322 - 322 = 644 (+68)

Wyoming Day One Individual Results

T5. Juanita Rico: 78 (+6) - 76 (+4) = 154 (+10)

T14. Dana Zamprelli: 79 (+7) - 79 (+7) = 158 (+14)

T44. Emily Wood: 82 (+10) - 83 (+11) = 165 (+21)

T53. Samantha Stancato: 83 (+11) - 84 (+12) = 167 (+23)

T65. Stacey Blunt: 83 (+11) - 86 (+14) = 169 (+25)

T65. Jenna Zamprelli:* 84 (+12) - 85 (+13) = 169 (+25)

Related content:
 
Cowboys, Wyoming