Women's Golf Heads to Arizona for Wildcat Invitational, Feb. 19-21

Feb. 16, 2001

COMING UP: The Washington women's golf team will travel to Tucson, Ariz. next week to take part in the 16-team Wildcat Invitational hosted by the University of Arizona. Play will begin at the Raven at Sabino Springs on Monday, Feb. 19 with an 8 a.m. start and will conclude Wednesday, Feb. 21. The tournament is the first of the spring for the Huskies and features some of the nation's top competition. This year the par-71 course will play at 6,776 yards.

THE FIELD: The 2001 Wildcat Invitational includes the last 14 NCAA Champions, including 2000 NCAA Champions and host Arizona. The tournament also features eight of the nation's top 10 teams, including top-ranked Duke, according to the most recent Golfweek rankings (2/11/01). In addition, 10 of the 16 teams are currently ranked in the top 25 and 15 teams are in the top 50. The field includes (ranking): Arizona (2), Arizona State (17), California (31), Duke (1), Nevada (41) , New Mexico (28), New Mexico State (12), Oregon, Pepperdine (10), San Jose State (39), Southern California (4), Stanford (5), Texas (7), Tulsa (8), UCLA (17) and Washington (42).

LAST TIME OUT: Washington junior Elisha Au, a native of Hawaii, fired even par 72s in each of the final two rounds to win the first tournament of her career, the Rainbow Wahine Classic in Oahu, Hawaii back on Oct. 31-Nov. 1. Washington finished the 15-team tournament in fourth place, the team's best finish of the fall. The Huskies started the final day in 11th place but moved up to fourth place over the final 36 holes, highlighted by a 297 second round, the second-best round by any team in the tournament. Washington finished with a three-day score of 922. UCLA won the tournament at 35-over 899, five shots ahead of runner-up New Mexico. Au, from Waikoloa, Hawaii, started the day in 21st place but was just four shots back of leader Saki Vechi of UCLA. She finished the tournament with a five-over 221 to win medalist honors, three shots ahead of UCLA's Laura Moffat and New Mexico's Claudia Ferrini. Husky Kelli Kamimura finished in 19th place with a 16-over 232. Jamie Michaud and Louise Friberg tied for 28th with 235.

LAST YEAR: Host Arizona claimed the 2000 Wildcat Intercollegiate title, shooting a three-day 7-under 857, finishing seven shots ahead of runner-up Arizona State. Washington moved up one place on the final day to finish in 12th place with a score of 898. The Huskies struggled on the second day of competition, but shot a final round 295, their lowest mark of the three-day tournament. Duke's Beth Bauer captured individual medalist honors with a three-round total of 211. Bauer held the lead on all three days of the tournament. The Huskies were led by freshman Louise Friberg, who fired two rounds at 1-over 73 to finish with a total of 224. Junior Elisha Au shot a 225 for Washington after battling back from a first-round score of 78. Kelli Kamimura and Andrea Cordova also finished with a total of 225.

NEXT UP: Washington will compete in the Bay Area Classic Feb. 26-27 in Vallejo, Calif.

UW TO HOST NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP IN 2002: The NCAA has awarded Washington the 2002 NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship. The four-day tournament will be held at the University Course of the recently opened Washington National Golf Course in Auburn. Specific dates for the tournament have not been assigned, but it will be held in late May of 2002. The 2002 NCAA Championship will be the 22nd national championship sponsored by the NCAA in women's golf. It marks the first time Washington has played host to an NCAA women's national championship since the women's Final Four was played in Tacoma in 1989. The last NCAA championship hosted by the University was the men's basketball Final Four in 1995. This year's NCAA Championship is hosted by Stetson University and the Orlando Sports Commission at Mission Inn Golf and Tennis Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. The tournament will take place from May 23-26. Last year's NCAA Championship, won by Arizona, was played at the Sun River Resort in Sun River, Ore.

ABOUT THE COACH: Head Coach Mary Lou Mulflur is in her 18th season at the helm of Husky women's golf. She has been named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year twice, most recently following the 1998-99 season, in which she led the Huskies to a sixth place Pac-10 finish and a spot in the NCAA West Regional. Mulfur received the award for the first time in 1988 after directing the squad to a best-ever third-place conference finish. Mulflur looks to lead the Washington back to an NCAA appearance after a two-year absence.

Season Recap

Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational (Oct. 9-11)
Redmond, Wash./Sahalee Country Club (Par 72, 5953)

The Husky women's golf team finished seventh in its only home tournament of the year, the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational at Sahalee Country Club in Redmond, Wash. The Huskies were led by sophomore Louise Friberg who shot a 73 on the final day of play to finish in a tie for eighth place with an overall 9-over score of 225. Lindsay Morgan placed 26th with a score of 233 and Kelli Kamimura finished in a tie for 32nd with a 235. Fourth-ranked USC won its second-straight Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational title by a 12-stroke margin over Stanford University (896-908).

Comcast/Dick McGuire Invitational (Sept. 21-23)
Albuquerque, N.M./UNM Championship Golf Course (Par 73, 6069 yards)

The Washington women's golf team finished 17th at the Comcast/Dick McGuire Invitational. The Huskies finished with a three-day total of 938. Washington was led by junior Kelli Kamimura who improved two places on the final day of competition to finish in a tie for 17th with a three-day score of 227. Lindsay Morgan, competing as an individual and not counting toward the Husky scoring, placed 36th with a score of 233. Freshmen Jenny Kamimura and Bianca Clark finished tied for 50th in their first meet as Huskies with scores of 236.

Stanford Intercollegiate (Oct. 20-22)
Stanford, Calif./Stanford Golf Course (Par 72, 6,154 yards)

Washington finished in a tie for 15th at the Stanford/PEPSI Intercollegiate at the Stanford Golf Course in Palo Alto, Calif. The Huskies finished with a three-day total of 947, placing them in a tie with Texas A&M for 15th. Washington was led by junior Kelli Kamimura who carded a three-day total of 230 to finish in a tie for 35th. Jamie Michaud was not far behind, finishing in 42nd place with a total score of 231. Second-ranked Arizona captured the title by a 6-stroke margin over fourth-ranked USC (873-879). Tulsa's Stacy Prammanasudh, who won the Edean Ihlanfedlt Invitational in Seattle earlier in the fall, captured the individual title, finishing with a 6-under score of 210.

Hawaii Invitational (Oct. 31-Nov. 1)
Honolulu, Hawaii/Kapolei Golf Course (Par 72, 5,900 yards)

Washington junior Elisha Au, a native of Hawaii, fired even par 72s in each of the final two rounds to win the first tournament of her career, the Rainbow Wahine Classic in Oahu, Hawaii. Washington finished the 15-team tournament in fourth place, the team's best finish of the fall. The Huskies started the final day in 11th place but moved up to fourth place over the final 36 holes, highlighted by a 297 second round, the second-best round by any team in the tournament. Washington finished with a three-day score of 922. UCLA won the tournament with 35-over 899, five shots ahead of runner-up New Mexico. Au, from Waikoloa, Hawaii, started the day in 21st place but was just four shots back of leader Saki Vechi of UCLA. She finished the tournament with a five-over 221 to win medalist honors, three shots ahead of UCLA's Laura Moffat and New Mexico's Claudia Ferrini. Husky Kelli Kamimura finished in 19th place with a 16-over 232. Jamie Michaud and Louise Friberg tied for 28th with 235.

Husky Bio Updates
Elisha Au
Won the Wahine Classic in her home state of Hawaii in her final trip to the Big Island as a member of the UW golf team...fired even-par 72s in each of the final two rounds to win the first tournament of her career...started the final round four shots out of the lead and came back to claim medalist honors, finishing at 5-over 221...began her senior campaign with a 44th-place finish at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational...best round was a first-round 76 which put her in a tie for 15th after one day of competition...did not compete in the Comcast/Dick McGuire Invitational or the Stanford Invitational.

Bianca Clark
Tied for 50th with fellow freshman Jenny Kamimura at the Comcast/Dick McGuire Invitational in their first tournament as Huskies...shot a second-day 75, her best round of the weekend, that moved her move up 21 places from the first day...did not compete at the Edean Ihlanfeldt or the Stanford Invitational...did not compete in Wahine Classic.

Louise Friberg
Tied for eighth overall to lead the Huskies at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational with a 9-over score of 225...shot a 76 in each of the first two rounds before firing a personal season-best 1-over 73 to move up from 14th to eighth place on the final day...shot a first-round 75 in the Stanford Invitational on her way to a three-day total of 238 placing her in 65th...finished 67th at the Comcast/Dick McGuire Invitational...tied for 28th at the Wahine Classic helping Washington to a fourth-place finish...matched teammate Jamie Michaud with a three-day total of 235.

Michelle Grafos
Fired a season-best 3-over 75 in the second round of the Stanford Invitational, compe-ting as an individual...finished in 72nd place...shot a final-round 78 at the Edean Ihlanfeldt to finish in a tie for 67th...showed consistency at the Comcast/Dick McGuire Invitational shooting 81-79-81, placing her in 72nd...did not compete in Wahine Classic.

Jenny Kamimura
Joins sister Kelli on the Husky golf team this season...top finish was in her first career tournament at the Comcast/Dick McGuire Invitational where she finished tied for 50th...fired a first-round 2-over 75 to lead the Huskies after one day, her best round this season...finished 54th at the Edean Ihlanfeldt, with a three-day score of 243...carded a three-day total of 253 at the Stanford Invitational...second-best Husky score at the Wahine Classic where the Huskies posted their best finish of the fall, a fourth-place showing...finished in a tie for 19th at 16-over 232.

Kelli Kamimura
Top Husky finisher at the Stanford Invitational, finishing in a tie for 35th...carded a three-day total of 230 highlighted by a first-round, 1-over 73...first round score included an eagle, one of three eagles in the tournament that day...also led the Huskies at the Comcast/Dick McGuire Invitational, improving two places on the final day of competition to finish in a tie for 19th with a three-day total of 227...shot a team-high 1-under 72 in the second round, the fourth-best round that day...tied for 32nd at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational...tied for 14th through two rounds after posting a 77 and 75, before shooting a final-round 83...finished 50th at the Wahine Classic posting a three-day total of 240.

Lindsay Morgan
Posted the second-best Husky finish at both the Comcast/Dick McGuire and Edean Ihlanfeldt Tournaments...competing as an individual and not counting toward the Husky score, she placed 36th with a score of 233 at the Dick McGuire Invitational...best round of the tournament was a 1-over 74, also her best round of the season...tied for 26th at the Edean Ihlanfeldt, also finishing with a score of 233...Shot a three-day total score of 250 at the Stanford Invitational...did not compete at Wahine Classic

Jamie Michaud
Posted the second-best Husky score at the Stanford Invitational, finishing one shot behind teammate Kelli Kamimura with a three-day score of 231...had an impressive showing in her first round as a Husky, finishing with a 1-under 71 to finish in a tie for third at the Edean Ihlanfeldt after one round...unfortunately she was competing as an individual and did not count toward the Husky score...the 71 is the best round of any Husky golfer this season...finished the tournament tied for 37th with a final score of 237...tied for 28th at the Wahine Classic in helping the Huskies to a fourth-place finish...fired a 19-over 235.

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