Husky Women's Golf Hosts Nation's Best at Fall Preview
Sept. 2, 2001
Seattle - The Washington women's golf team will start its season in grand fashion when the Huskies host the NCAA Fall Preview Sept. 24-26 at Washington National Golf Club in Auburn. The event is annually contested at the site of the national collegiate championship. Washington will host the NCAA Championships May 21-24 at Washington National.
Tee times for the Fall Preview will begin at 8:30 a.m. PT each day of the tournament. The par-72 Washington National course will play at 6,250 yards for the event. A practice round will take place starting at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23.
The field for this year's NCAA Fall Preview includes 18 of the teams that finished in the top 20 at last year's NCAA Championship. Headlining the tournament is defending national champion Georgia, which won the NCAA title by three strokes over Duke in May at the Mission Inn Resort near Orlando, Fla. Washington placed 16th at the 2001 NCAA Championships.
In addition to the Lady Bulldogs, the field includes (NCAA finish): Arizona (8th), Arizona State (18th), Auburn (4th), California (19th), Duke (2nd), Louisiana State (12th), Michigan State (12th), New Mexico State (11th), Ohio State (22nd), Oklahoma State (5th), Oregon (did not compete), Oregon State (DNC), Pepperdine (14th), Purdue (20th), Stanford (9th), Tennessee (DNC), Texas (3rd), Texas Christian (DNC), Tulsa (10th), UCLA (5th), Southern California (7th), Washington (16th) and Washington State (DNC).
Duke senior Candy Hannemann, the defending NCAA individual champion, leads a tremendous field of individual competitors at the event. Also expected to compete are NCAA runner-up Lorena Ochoa, from Arizona, LSU's Meredith Duncan, who won the 2001 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship this summer.
Washington will be led at the Fall Preview by two-time All-American Kelli Kamimura, who placed 29th at the 2001 NCAAs. This summer Kamimura has been impressive, winning the Washington State Women's Amateur Championship and reaching the quarterfinals of the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship.
'The only tournament that is better than the Fall Preview is the NCAA Championship and we are fortunate to have both of those events at Washington National this year,' says Husky coach Mary Lou Mulflur. 'This will be our first event at Washington National since it opened last year and we are very excited to play a competitive event at the course. The staff at Washington National have done a great job over the past year and this will be a great experience in preparation for when we host the NCAAs next May.'
Duke won the rain-shortened 2001 Fall Preview with a two-day total of 595. Arizona was second at 598 while Tennessee was third at 601.