Women's Golf to Compete at Bay Area Classic, Feb. 26-27

Feb. 23, 2001

COMING UP: Coming off a strong finish at last week's Arizona Invitational, the Washington women's golf team will head to California to participate in the Bay Area Classic Feb. 26-27 at Hiddenbrooke Golf Course in Vallejo. The 12-team tournament, co-hosted by California and San Francisco, will begin Monday at 8 a.m. with the final round start being slated for 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday. The par-72 Arnold Palmer Signature Course will play at 5,850 yards for the 36-hole event.

THE FIELD: Washington comes into the Bay Area Classic with the second-highest rank out of the 12-team field. Washington is ranked 42nd in the most recent Golfweek poll, second only in the tournament to California, which is ranked 31st. Two-time champion Northern Arizona will also make a run at the tournament title, winning previously in 1997 and 1998. The field (ranking) includes: Washington (42), California (31), San Diego State (52), Northern Arizona, Gonzaga, Portland, Portland State, Weber State, Santa Clara, Cal State Northridge, San Francisco (53) and Sacramento State.

LAST TIME OUT: Washington sophomore Louise Friberg shot even par in each of the final two rounds to lead Washington to an eighth-place finish at the 16-team Arizona Invitational in Tucson. Friberg shot a final-round 72 on the Raven Golf Course and posted a three-day score of 1-over par 217 to finish sixth at the tournament. Friberg's 72 helped the Huskies to shoot a team total of 296, tying the school record for the lowest third-round score at a tournament. Friberg's round marked the third time in her career she has posted a 72 as a Husky. Her three-day score eclipsed her previous best tournament score by seven shots, a 224 she posted at last year's Arizona Invitational. Washington completed play with a total score of 908, its lowest 54-hole total since shooting 898 at last year's Arizona Invitational when the Huskies placed 12th. Only tournament champion, Arizona (292) and runner-up Stanford (284) posted better scores than the Huskies on the final day of play. Friberg was not alone in mounting Washington's final-day charge. Junior Kelli Kamimura shot 74 on Wednesday while freshman Lindsay Morgan and senior Elisha Au both carded 75s. Morgan's three-day total of 232 better her previous best 54-hole total by one stroke.

NEXT UP: Washington will play in California for the second consecutive week when they compete in the Spartan Invitational in Monterey, Calif., March 5-6.

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...tied for 47th at the Arizona Invitational...fired a final-round 75 to finish with a three-day total of 232..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 or the Arizona Invitational.

Louise Friberg
Finished sixth at the Arizona Invitational, the highest finish of her career...fired even par 72s in each of the final two rounds following a 1-over 73 opening round to lead the team to an eighth-place fininsh...carded a three-day total of 217, the best three-round score of any Husky this year...final round 72 contributed to a team score of 296, which ties the school record for the best third-round score in history...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...she and Kelli Kamimura are the only Hukies to compete in all five tournaments this year.

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 or the Arizona Invitational.

Jenny Kamimura
Posted the second-best Husky score at the Wahine Classic where Washington had their best finish of the fall, a fourth-place showing...finished in a tie for 19th at 16-over 232, the highest finish of her career...competed in her first college 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..did not compete at the Arizona Invitational.

Kelli Kamimura
Leads the Huskies with a 76.00 stroke average...one of two Huskies to compete in all five tournaments this year (Lousie Friberg is the other)...posted second-lowest Husky score at the Arizona Invitational where the Huskies finished eighth...fired a final-round 2-over 74 which helped the Huskies tie the school record for lowest thrid-round score with a 296...finished in 31st with a three-day total of 229...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
Finished strong at the Arizona Invitational, shooting a 75 in the final round to finish in 47th with teammate Elisha Au...improved every round, shooting 80-77-75...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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