Washington West Regional Notes
May 3, 2002
Huskies Seeded Fifth at Regional
The 16th-ranked Washington women's golf team is seeded fifth in the 21-team field at the NCAA West Regional Championship to be held May 9-11 at the Stanford Golf Course. The top eight teams from three regional sites will advance to the 2002 NCAA Championships May 21-24 at Washington National Golf Club in Auburn.
The Huskies are one of eight teams from the Pac-10 Conference competing at the NCAA West Regional. Last week Washington tied for fifth at the Pac-10 Championships, one stroke out of third place. Arizona, winners of the last three Pac-10 titles, is the No. 1 seeded team in the West Region. Arizona State is second, followed by UCLA and California. Southern California is seeded sixth, Stanford is eighth and Washington State is 18th.
Top-ranked Auburn and second-ranked Duke headline the field at the East Regional at LSU's University Club, while Oklahoma State is the top seed at the Central Regional held at Michigan State's Forest Akers Golf Course.
In addition to 24 teams advancing to the NCAA Championships, the top two finishers from for each regional, not on a qualifying team, will compete at the NCAAs in the individual competition.
NCAA West Regional Seedings
1 Arizona (Pacific-10 Conference)2 Arizona State3 UCLA4 California5 Washington6 Southern California7 Pepperdine8 Stanford9 New Mexico (Mountain West Conference)10 New Mexico State (Sun Belt Conference)11 Idaho12 San Francisco13 San Jose State14 UC Irvine15 Denver16 Brigham Young17 Colorado State18 Washington State19 Campbell (Atlantic Sun Conference)20 Oral Roberts (Mid-Continent Conference)21 Northern Arizona (Big Sky Conference)
1 Erin Kerr, Colorado2 Sarah Walter, Portland3 Kathy Cho, Oregon
Huskies Continue Postseason Streak
Washington makes its 10th consecutive appearance at an NCAA Regional Championship in 2002. The Huskies have competed in postseason every year since the inception of NCAA regionals in 1993. Washington's best regional finish came in 1995 when the Huskies placed 6th overall. Last season Washington was seventh to earn their fifth NCAA Championship berth. Dodie Mazzuca is the only UW golfer to win an NCAA Regional. She shot 5-under 211 to take top honors at the 1997 event. Current Husky senior Kelli Kamimura was eighth at the 2001 NCAA Regional and 25th in 1999.
Four Huskies on All-Pac-10 Team
Four members of the Washington women's golf team were named to the 2002 All-Pac-10 Conference squad. Husky senior Kelli Kamimura and junior Louise Friberg were named second-team all-conference while sophomore Lindsay Morgan and freshman Paige Mackenzie were honorable mention selections. The team was selected by the conference coaches during the 2002 championships at Walla Walla Country Club.
UW Hosts NCAA Championship
The 2002 NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championships will take place May 21-24 at Washington National Golf Club in Auburn, Wash. This year's event will feature 24 teams that qualify from three NCAA Regional sites (East, Central, West) plus six at-large individual competitors (two from each region). The championship format consists of both team and individual competition conducted concurrently. All participants will compete throughout the entire 72 holes of competition. In the team competition, the low four scores for each team will count in each day's total score. A total of 126 competitors will comprise this year's field.
Tickets for the NCAA Championship are $20 for an adult all-session pass; $15 for a youth (high school age and younger) all-session pass: $8 for a single-session adult pass and $6 for a single-session youth pass. A special $100 VIP pass is also available. Tickets can be purchased through the Husky ticket office at 206-543-2200 or can be purchased when entering the Washington National Golf Club.
UW Has Record-Setting Year
The Washington golfers set two impressive records during the 2001-2002 season. The Huskies took 16 strokes off of their all-time 54-hole tournament scoring mark when they shot 874 to finish fourth at the Stanford Intercollegiate Oct. 19-21. The Huskies turned in rounds of 293, 290 and 291 and were led overall by senior Kelli Kamimura's sixth-place finish. During San Jose State's Spartan Invitational (March 4-6), Washington set its low 18-hole record with a second-round score of 285. That broke the previous best single-round total of 288 set at the 2001 Pac-10 Championships. Junior Louise Friberg led UW during the second-round of the Spartan Invitational with a 3-under score of 69. Freshman Paige Mackenzie shot 2-under 70 and Kamimura was 1-under 71. Lindsay Morgan rounded out the scoring with a 75.
Kamimura Builds on Record
Washington senior Kelli Kamimura moved into first place on UW's career Top-10 Finishes list this season and has built her all-time total to 20. Kamimura had four top-10 outings this year, topped by her fourth-place finish at the Lady Aztec Invitational. Kamimura was Washington's top golfer during the first six tournaments of the year.
Home Away From Home
The Stanford Golf Course, site of the 2002 NCAA West Regional, has become familiar territory for the Washington golf team. Washington set its all-time low tournament score (874) there earlier this season. The NCAA Regional will mark the fourth time the Huskies have played at Stanford in the past two season. For Husky senior Kelli Kamimura, she has competed at Stanford eight times during her career. Of Kamimura's 119 rounds of collegiate tournament golf, 21 (18 percent) have been played at the Stanford Golf Course. Kamimura's average per-round score at Stanford has been 74.8.
UW's Winning Ways
Washington won two tournaments during the spring. The Huskies finished first in the 15-team field at the Duck Invitational (March 28-29) with a score of 882. Washington ended the regular season by winning the Peg Barnard California Collegiate with a 36-hole score of 593. During UW's eight regular-season tournaments that were completed, the Huskies finished in the top four six times.
Morgan Heats Up
Husky sophomore Lindsay Morgan has been Washington's hot golfer during the final month of the season. She was the Huskies' top finisher in three of the last four tournaments. She recorded the team's best finish this season, placing second at Oregon's Duck Invitational, with a 3-over score of 219. She was third at the Peg Barnard California Collegiate with a 2-over 146. Morgan was Washington's top finisher at the Pac-10 Championships, placing sixth overall at 222. Her finish at the Pac-10s was the fourth best by a Husky at the event. Morgan has average score during her last 12 rounds is 74.1.
Four in the Hunt
How good have the 16th-ranked Huskies been this season? Currently, four Huskies stroke averages for this year rank among the top 11 on UW's single-season list. Kelli Kamimura, who owns the UW record with a 74.3 average she set last year, is third at 74.9. Louise Friberg is fourth at 75.1, Lindsay Morgan is seventh at 75.7 and freshman Paige Mackenzie is 11th at 76.0.