The University of Wyoming Cowgirl golf team opens the 2014-15 season on Monday and Tuesday at the CSU Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic in Fort Collins, Colo. It marks the 10th-consecutive season that the Cowgirls will take part in the event on the par-72, 7,223-yard Ptarmigan Country Club.
“We have kind of a little bit of an unknown with the amount of veterans and newcomers coming in,” UW head coach Josey Stender said. “We had a big summer from a lot of the players and we are hoping that it translates to success early in the season that can carry over all year.”
Wyoming returns five golfers, including four players with significant experience. The Cowgirls are led by junior Emily Woodard, who had breakout season in 2013-14. She led the Cowgirls at the Mountain West Championship finishing 14th with a career-best score of 228 (+12). She will be joined by senior Samantha Stancato, a veteran who has played 89 rounds in her career at Wyoming. Junior, Kathleen Kershisnik, sophomores Mackenzie Barrie and Taylor Dorans round out the Cowgirls returners with playing experience. Redshirt freshman Gabrielle Gibson will also add depth to the Cowgirls.
Wyoming welcomes three newcomers to this season’s roster. Klara Castillo comes to UW from Sandia Prep in Albuquerque, N.M. Sarah Hankins is a native of Thornton, Colo., and prepped at Legacy High School. Wyoming native Amanda Hinchey signed with the Cowgirls in the spring after a successful career at Kelly Walsh High School in Casper.
The CSU Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic features every team from the Mountain West Conference with the exception of two programs. The Cowgirls tied for 13th place last season. Stancato was Wyoming’s top finisher at 222 (+6), as she finished tied for 15th place.
“We are playing on some familiar courses in the fall and it works out well having a regional schedule and a trip to Hawai’i to close out the fall,” Stender said.
The Cowgirls’ fall schedule features five events. The Cowgirls will host the fourth annual Wyoming Cowgirl Desert Intercollegiate on Sept. 27-28 at the Classic Club in Palm Desert, Calif. Wyoming will also participate in the New Mexico State Price’s GiveEm’ Five, Denver University Ron Moore Intercollegiate and round out the fall campaign at the Rainbow Wahine Invitational in Honolulu, Hawai’i.