Husky Women's Golfers Resume Play at ASU Invitational
April 5, 2001
COMING UP: After a one-month layoff following the final round of play at the Spartan Invitational on March 7, the Washington women's golf team returns to the links this week to participate in the highly-competitive PING/Arizona State Invitational. The tournament is scheduled for April 6-8 at the par 72, 6,090-yard Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz. Arizona State has won the tournament in 22 of the 35 years it has been contested. Play starts at 8 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday.
THE FIELD: The 2001 PING/ASU Invitational will feature 15 teams, including 12 teams ranked in this week's MaserCard Collegiate Golf Rankings. The field includes four of the top 10 teams in the nation in No. 2 Arizona, No. 4 USC, No. 5 Stanford and No. 7 New Mexico State. The host Sun Devils are ranked 22nd in the poll while the Huskies are ranked 38th. Washington is ranked 23rd in the lates Golf World collegiate rankings. In addition to those teams, the field also includes Tulsa (No. 12), TCU (No. 20), UCLA (No. 25), New Mexico (No. 29), San Jose State (No. 39), California (No. 43), Oregon, Oregon State and Washington State. The field of individuals includes Arizona's Loren Ochoa and USC's Candie Kung, the nation's top ranked players.
LAST TIME OUT: Husky junior Kelli Kamimura became Washington's all-time leader in tournament victories, firing a final-round 66 to capture medalist honors at the Spartan Golf Invitational in Salinas, Calif. Kamimura's 66, a career-low and the second-lowest round in school history, clinched her second tournament title in as many weeks. Washington finished the tournament in fifth place, carding a 292, its best round of the tournament. The Huskies' three-day total of 890 broke the school record for lowest 54-hole total. Their final-round 292 was yet another record for lowest third-round score in a tournament. New Mexico State won the tournament at 5-over 869, one shot ahead of Pepperdine. Kamimura's fourth career title was marked by a steady climb up the leaderboard. She shot an opening round 74, then moved up to fifth place through 36 holes with a second-round 69. Kamimura clinched the title with a strong finish, shooting a 31 on the back-nine in the final round. Her 54-hole total of 209 broke the Husky record for lowest three-round score. Dodie Mazzuca holds the Washington record for lowest single-round score with a 65 at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational in Redmond, Wash. in 1997. Lindsay Morgan and Elisha Au also helped Washington's record-breaking performance, each tying for 21st at 9-over 225. Louise Friberg and Bianca Clark posted their best rounds of the tournament, firing a 75 and 76, respectively, to finish with a score of 234. Michelle Grafos, competing as an individual and not counting toward the Husky score, finished 30th at 12-over 228.
LAST YEAR: Washington finished 14th at the 2000 PING/ASU Invitational with a 54-hole score of 917. Arizona won top honors at the tournament by shooting 872, three strokes better than Arizona State. Washington's top individual finisher was Eliahs Au, who tied for 32nd with a score of 226. Arizona's Jenna Daniels won a playoff against the Sun Devils' Miriam Nagl for medalist honors. Both players shot 207.
NEXT UP: Washington will participate in the California Collegiate on April 13-14 at the Stanford Golf Course.
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.