Cowgirls Rally on Back 9, Sitting 7th in Ron Moore Women's Intercollegiate

From the desk of Harry Endicott

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. – The Wyoming women’s golf team wrapped up the second day of competition at the Ron Moore Women’s Intercollegiate in seventh Saturday afternoon at the par-72, 6,513-yard Highlands Ranch Golf Course.

 “It is great to see some confidence and consistency from our entire team,” head coach Josey Stender said. “They got off to a shaky start but rallied to play the back nine even par on a difficult course set up. I’m proud of the team effort and belief they have to compete amongst a very competitive field on a championship course.  We just need to keep that same patient thought process tomorrow.

The Cowgirls followed up their first-round 299 with a second-round 300 on Saturday to finish the second round alone in seventh at 23-over for the tournament and just one shot off of sixth-place Tulsa. Colorado State finished the day as the lone team under par at 3-under overall.

Cowgirl senior Megan Knadler posted the low round of the day for the Pokes with a 1-under 71. Knadler off to a bit of a slow start, getting to the turn at 3-over, but bounced back with four birdies and no bogeys on the back nine to get back under par for the round. Knadler is tied for 37th on the individual leaderboard at 7-over (80-71).

Junior Erin Sargent leads the Cowgirls on the player leaderboard, entering Sunday’s third round in a tie for 24th at 5-over after a 71 in her first round and a 78 on Saturday.

Senior Sarah Hankins is tied for 31st at  6-over after firing a 76 in Saturday’s second round. Like Knadler, Hankins had a tough go on the front nine, getting to the 10th at 4-over for the round, but was able to shoot even on the back to finish off the day.

Cowgirl Caitlyn Skavdahl turned in a 76 on Saturday to follow up her first-round 77 and head into the final round of play in a tie for 45th at 9-over on the weekend.

Freshman Samantha Hui also had a nice finish to her round after a rocky start, following up a 5-over 41 on the front with an even-par back nine to finish with a 77. She is in a tie for 54th at 10-over (77-77).

Competing as an individual, Cowgirl freshman Michelle Nguyen carded an 81 in her second round to tie herself for 76th at 15-over.