Cowgirls Claim First Golf Tourney Since Fall 2008

The University of Wyoming women’s golf team won its first tournament since the fall of 2008, shooting a combined  four-over part 292 to t to claim the Lady Thunderbird Invitational at the Sunbrook Golf Club in St. George, Utah. The combined score equaled the second lowest in Cowgirls history.

“Wow, what a well-deserved and fun win for this team,” Cowgirl head coach Josey Stender said. “To come from seven strokes back and play as well as they did is a credit to all of the hard work and commitment to our team process. We will enjoy this one for a few days and use the momentum going into Tucson next week.”

The Cowgirls were in second place behind South Dakota State, but claimed the victory with a 598 (+22) on Friday. UW’s last win as a squad came on Oct. 14, 2008 in the Bronco Fall Invite hosted by Boise State when they finished in a four-way tie with a 603 (+27).

Senior Gabrielle Gibson led the charge on the day with a 73 (+1). She moved up a spot to finish the 36-hole event tied for fourth with a two-day total 148 (+4). It was her fifth top-ten finish of the season.

One shot behind Gibson was redshirt freshman Caitlyn Skavdahl. The Casper native recorded a 75 (+3) on Friday to finish tied for sixth. The finish was the best of her career, as her previous best came at the Wyoming Cowgirl Desert Intercollegiate in the fall where she tied for 32nd.

Junior Megan Knadler also shot a 73 (+1) during the final 18 holes. Knadler joined Gibson and Skavdahl in the top-ten, as she earned a share of ninth-place with a two-round 151 (+7). It became the third top-ten finish of Knadler’s career.

Posting a team-best 71 (-1) on Friday, sophomore Erin Sargent tied for 13th with a total 152 (+8). It was her third top-15 finish as a Cowgirl. Junior Sarah Hankins closed out the event with a 78 (+6) to tie for 26th with a 157 (+13), as redshirt sophomore Kaylee Knadler, who is playing as an individual, shot a 79 (+7) over the final 18 holes. She tied for 33rd with a 158 (+14).

South Dakota State finished in second with a 600 (+24), while host Southern Utah shot a 607 (+31) for third-place. SDSU’s Sydney Bormann claimed low score for an individual with a two-round mark of 144 (E).

Wyoming Results

T4. Gabrielle Gibson: 75 (+3) – 73 (+1) = 148 (+4)
T6. Caitlyn Skavdahl: 74 (+2) – 75 (+3) = 149 (+5)

T9. Megan Knadler: 78 (+6) – 73 (+1) = 151 (+7)
T13: Sarah Hankins: 79 (+7) – 78 (+6) = 157 (+13)

T26. Erin Sargent: 81 (+9) – 71 (-1) = 152 (+8)

T33: Kaylee Knadler: 79 (+7) – 79 (+7) = 158 (+14)*
* Played as an individual.

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