Women's Golf Looks to Continue Winning Ways at Spartan Invitational, Mar. 5-7
March 3, 2001
COMING UP: The 37th-ranked Washington women's golf team, coming off their first tournament title of the season last week at the Bay Area Classic, will get back on the course March 5-7 at the Spartan Invitational. The 54-hole tournament will take place in Salinas, Calif. at the par-72, 5,938-yard Corral de Tierra Country Club and is being hosted by San Jose State. The 16 teams will begin play on Monday and conclude Wednesday, with 18 holes being played each day starting at 8 a.m.
THE FIELD: The 16-team Spartan Invitational features eight teams ranked in the Golfweek Top-50, including four of the top ten. Washington moved up five spots in the most recent Golfweek poll following their first-place finish at last week's Bay Area Classic, coming in this week at 37th. The field for the Spartan Invitational (ranking): Arizona State (16), BYU, Colorado, CSU-Monterey Bay, Hawaii, New Mexico State (8), Oklahoma State (17), Oregon State, Penn State, Pepperdine (10), Rhodes College, San Jose State (39), Stanford (4), Tulsa (9), Washington (37) and Washington State.
LAST TIME OUT: Washington junior Kelli Kamimura fired consecutive rounds of 3-under 69 to lead the Washington women's golf team to the championship at the Bay Area Classic in Vallejo, Calif. Washington finished with a 36-hole score of 602 to win the tournament by 16 shots over second-place California. Kamimura was the only golfer to shoot under par in either of the two rounds and finished at 6-under 138 to capture medalist honors, 11 shots ahead of San Diego State's Heather Rollo who placed second. The back-to-back 69s were a first for Kamimura and with the victory, she moved into a tie for first in the Husky record book with Dodie Mazucca and head coach Mary Lou Mulflur for most career wins with three. Her 69 also ties the Husky record for lowest second-round score in a tournament. Washington freshman Lindsay Morgan tied for third place, carding a two-day score of 8-over 152, her best finish as a Husky. Louise Friberg, coming off a seventh-place showing last weekend at the Wildcat Invitational, cracked the top-10 again finishing eighth at 11-over 155. Freshman Jamie Michaud shot a second-round 76 to move up from 39th to 19th, also a career-best finish.
LAST YEAR: Washington finished eighth at the 2000 Spartan Invitational, played at the Laguna Seca Golf Course in Monterey, Calif. The Huskies finished with a three-day total of 940, well behind tournament-champion Arizona State. Kelli Kamimura fared well for the Huskies, finishing in a tie for sixth place. Kamimura fired a final-round 2-over 74 to finish strong with a score of 227. Elisha Au finished in 21st with a 233. Tulsa's Stacy Prammanasudh won medalist honors, carding a three-day total of 218.
NEXT UP: Washington will take a month off before heading to the ArizonaState Invitational at the Karsten Course in Tempe, Ariz., April 6-8.
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.
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.
Tucson, Ariz./The Raven at Sabino Springs (Par 72, 6,119 yards)
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 Wildcat 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.
Husky Bio Updates
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 30th at the Bay Area Classic...fired rounds of 81 and 83 to finish at 20-over...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....
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, Arizona Invitational or Bay Area Classic.
Posted back-to-back top-ten finishes at the Bay Area Classic and the Arizona Invitational ...shot 77-78 at the Bay Area Classic to finish in a tie for eighth, helping the Huskies claim the tournament title...one of three Huskies to finish in the top-ten at the Bay Area Classic... 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 Huskies to compete in all six tournaments this year.
Competed as an individual at the Bay Area Classic, which the Huskies won...shot 83-82 to finish in a tie for 31st, her highest finish of the season...fired a season-best 3-over 75 in the second round of the Stanford Invitational, competing 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.
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 or the Bay Area Classic.
Leads the Huskies with a 75.71 stroke average...captured her first tournament title of the year and third of her career at the Bay Area Classic...fired back-to-back rounds of 3-under 69 to finish the tournament as the only golfer under par...captured medalist honors by an 11-stroke margin...back-to-back rounds of 69 was a first in her career...second-round 69 was the lowest second-round score in a tournament in Husky history...the victory also put her in a tie for first for most career tournament victories with three...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 third-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...one of two Huskies to compete in all six tournaments this year (Louise Friberg is the other).
Fired a second-round 76 at the Bay Area Classic to move up from 39th to finish in a tie for 19th, the highest finish of her career...finished at 16-over 160 for the tournament...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.
Turned in her best performance as a Husky at the Bay Area Classic, finishing in a tie for third...was in second place after one round, firing a career-best round of 72...shot an 80 in the second round to finish at 8-over 152...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.