Cowgirls Open Golf Season at Ram Fall Classic Next Week
LARAMIE — The Wyoming Cowgirl golf team will open it’s season by competing in the CSU Ram Fall Classic at Ptarmigan Country Club. The three-day event tees off on Monday.
“Obviously, we’re always excited to get going,” head coach Josey Stender said. “They’ve been practicing and playing all summer and now it’s really getting to the fun part. We have a very solid group of returning players with a ton of experience and a great group of new players that I think are going to be a part of the mix as well. We’re just going to see how it all has come together after a couple of good preseason weeks for us.”
Along with the Cowgirls, the 13-team tournament field features Colorado State, San Francisco, New Mexico State, Long Beach State, UC Irvine, Portland State, Northern Colorado, Nevada, UNC-Greensboro, Boise State, Nebraska and Idaho.
Wyoming will bring Cowgirls Samantha Hui, Caitlyn Skavdahl, Erin Sargent, Kaylee Knadler and Megan Knadler to compete at the event for the Pokes. Sarah Hankins, Michelle Nguyen and Cristiana Ciasca will each compete as individuals.
The Cowgirls finished eighth at last year’s Ram Classic behind a historic performance from then senior Gabrielle Gibson. Gibson led the Brown and Gold with the lowest individual event score in Cowgirl history. She finished fourth overall and turned in rounds of 73 (+1), 71 (-1) and 68 (-4) for a total 212 (-4). As a team, UW placed eighth with a final three-round score of 888 (+24), which also happens to be the lowest team 54-hole event score in program history.
The Cowgirls return five players from last season, including seniors Hankins and Megan Knadler, juniors Kaylee Knadler and Erin Sargent and sophomore Skavdahl. Stender also brings four newcomers into the fold in freshmen Ciasca, Hui, Nguyen and Anna Johnson.