UW NCAA Championship Notes
May 17, 2002
Huskies Host NCAA Championships
The 18th-ranked Washington women's golf team will compete in at the NCAA Championships to be held May 21-24 at the Washington National Golf Club. 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 24 teams and six individuals are as follows: Arizona, Arizona State, Auburn, California, Duke, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Pepperdine, Purdue, South Carolina, South Florida, Southern California, Stanford, Texas, Tulsa, UCLA, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Washington, Meredith Duncan (LSU), Meaghan Francella (Memphis), Martina Gillen (Kent State), Melanie Hagewood (Baylor), Kristi Larsen (New Mexico) and Alena Sharp (New Mexico State). A total of 126 competitors will comprise this year's field.
The NCAA Championships include a 72-hole format on the par 72, 6,273-yard Washington National Golf Club course. One round (18 holes) will be played Tuesday-Friday, May 21-24 beginning at 8 a.m. PT from the No. 1 and No. 10 tees each day. The low four scores for each five player team will count towards the team total. First- and second-round pairings are predetermined based on seeding from the regional champions. Tee times for the final two rounds will be based on results. The top four scores from each five-person team will count toward the team score. As the No. 7 seed from the West, Washington will be paired with Oklahoma and Georgia in the first and second rounds and will tee off No. 10 at 8:10 a.m. PT on Tuesday and off No. 1 at 12:10 p.m. PT on Wednesday. The Huskies practice rounds are scheduled for noon on Sunday, May 19 (10th tee) and 10 a.m. on Monday, May 20.
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.
Washington tied Arizona State for sixth place at the NCAA West Regional held at the Stanford Golf Course. UW's finish equaled the Huskies' best finish at a NCAA Regional. Louise Friberg led the Huskies by finishing eighth with a score of 220. That was the second-best showing the a UW golfer at a Regional. Lindsay Morgan was second at 222. After shooting 310 in the first round, the Huskies rebounded with rounds of 303 and 291 to qualify for the NCAA Championships.
The 2002 tournament is Washington's sixth NCAA Championship appearance. The Huskies also competed in 1977, 1995, 1997, 1998 and 2001. Washington's best finish came in 1977 when the team finished 14th.
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.
Sarah Huarte, California
Vikki Laing, California
Becky Lucidi, USC
Lorena Ochoa, Arizona
Mikaela Parmlid, USC
Jimin Kang, Arizona State
Lindsay Morgan, Washington
Blair O'Neil, Arizona State
Anna Rawson, USC
Gaelle Truet, Arizona State
Alicia Um, UCLA
Gina Umeck, UCLA
Kim Welch, Washington State
Paige Mackenzie, Washington
Wendra Liang, Stanford
Newcomer of the Year: Yvonne Choe, UCLA
Coach of the Year: Carrie Leary, UCLA
Washington's five player lineup for the NCAA Championships will include senior Kelli Kamimura (Burlington, Wash.); junior Louise Friberg (Helsingbord, Sweden); junior Michelle Grafos (Spokane, Wash.); sophomore Lindsay Morgan (Walla Walla, Wash.) and freshman Paige Mackenzie (Yakima, Wash.).
Washington is ranked 18th in the latest Golfweek Sagarin/Performance Index. Washington's Louise Friberg is 51st in the individual rankings while Lindsay Morgan is 75th and Kelli Kamimura is 85th.
The 2002 NCAA Championships will be a Husky homecoming for two coaches. California head coach Nancy (Kessler) McDaniel lettered for Washington from 1985-88 under current Husky coach Mary Lou Mulflur. Kessler was a UW's first All-Pac-10 selection and was named to the Huskies' All-Decade team (1986-96). She won two tournaments during her collegiate career and recorded eight top-10 finishes. Florida assistant coach Robin Walton graduated from Washington in 1978 and was a teammate of Mulflur. Walton transferred to UW from Arizona State and was an All-American as a senior. She is in her second season at Florida after playing on the LPGA tour since 1979. Walton coached the Gators during the NCAA East Regional when the flu sidelined UF head coach Jill Briles-Hinton.
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.
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 five 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 equaled her career best 18-hole score when she carded a 70 during the final round of the NCAA West Regional. She finished 12th overall at 222.
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 eighth at 75.8. Louise Friberg is third at 74.9, Lindsay Morgan is sixth at 75.5 and freshman Paige Mackenzie is 11th at 76.0.
Playing at Washington National
While Washington National Golf Club became the home course for Husky golf when it opened in the fall of 2000, the Huskies have hosted just one tournament at the facility, the 2001 Fall Preview. The Huskies annual fall tournament, the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational, is held at Sahalee Golf and Country Club in Redmond. In May, the Huskies opened their private hitting area on the west end of the practice range at Washington National.
Is making her second appearance at NCAA Championships ... was UW's top finisher at NCAA West Regional ... shot 220 to place eighth ... that tied as the second-best regional finish by a Husky ... having her best season as a Husky ... has appeared in 33 tournaments during her UW career ... has seven top-10 finishes ... heads into NCAAs ranked 51st in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index ... will earn her third letter during her junior season. 2001-2002 (Junior): A second-team All-Pac-10 selection ... enters NCAA Championships as UW's stroke leader at 74.90 ... that total ranks as the third best single-season stroke average in UW history ... played in all 11 tournaments during the season ... recorded five top-10 finishes during the season ... that ties for fifth on UW single-season list ... one of three Huskies to shoot a round in the 60s during the season ... her 69 at the Spartan Invitational was the lowest 18-hole score during her career ... has averaged 73.9 during her last six outings (17 total rounds) ... finished second for UW in nine consecutive competitions before leading the team at the NCAA West Regional ... top tournament was Stanford Intercollegiate, where she shot 3-over 219 ... was fourth overall at the Oregon Duck Invitational (221) and the Peg Barnard California Collegiate (147) ... finished seventh at the Spartan Invitational (220) and the Pac-10 Championships (223) ... her final round at the Pac-10s (70) was her second lowest as a collegiate.
Friberg's Career Statistics
Years Rounds Strokes Avg. Low1999-2000 29 2261 78.0 722000-2001 35 2705 77.3 722001-2002 30 2247 74.9 69Totals 94 7213 76.7 69
Has played in 25 tournaments during her Husky career ... this will mark her second NCAA Championship appearance ... will earn her third letter this year. 2001-2002 (Junior): Played in all 11 tournaments and was a scoring player nine times, including all spring events ... best outing came at Oregon's Duck Invitational where she shot 8-over 224 to finish ninth overall ... that marked her second top-10 finish during her career and was her best 54-hole total as a collegian ... best round was even-par 72 during second 18 holes at Duck Invitational ... was UW's No. 3 scorer at the Arizona Invitational with a 236 ... has a stroke average of 78.9, but has averaged 77.3 during her last 15 rounds.
Grafos' Career Statistics
Years Rounds Strokes Avg. Low1999-2000 17 1347 79.2 752000-2001 24 1920 80.0 702001-2002 30 2369 78.9 72Totals 71 5636 79.4 70
Returning All-American ... has played in 43 collegiate tournaments ... has 20 career top-10 finishes to rank first on UW's all-time chart ... owns UW's 54-hole record with a 209 she carded as a junior ... also owns UW's record for single-season stroke average (74.34) ... heads into NCAAs ranked 85th in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index ... will earn her fourth letter this season ... has been the best Husky finisher at 23 of her career 43 tournaments ... UW's lone senior. 2001-2002 (Senior): A second-team All-Pac-10 selection ... UW's top finisher during the first six tournaments of the season ... recorded five top-10 finishes this season ... top tournament finish was the Lady Aztec Invitational where she was fourth overall at 7-over 153 ... shot 4-under 212 to place sixth at the Stanford Intercollegiate ... that ranks as the third best 54-hole total in UW history ... helped the Huskies set a 54-hole scoring record (874) at that event ... has not shot below par in her last 15 rounds ... her stroke average (75.8) figures as the eighth best single-season mark in UW history ... finished 21st at the Pac-10 Championships at 232.
Kamimura's Career Statistics
Years Rounds Strokes Avg. Low1998-99 28 2085 74.4 671999-2000 29 2200 75.9 712000-2001 35 2602 74.3 662001-2002 30 2275 75.8 68Totals 122 9162 75.1 66
Only freshman to compete for the Huskies during the season ... will earn her first letter this season ... older brother, Brock, is a member of the Husky men's golf team. 2001-2002 (Freshman): Honorable mentional All-Pac-10 selection ... Competed in all 11 tournaments for the Huskies ... was one of UW's top three scorers in nine events ... was the Huskies' top finisher at the PING/ASU Invitational (224) and tied Kelli Kamimura for 23rd in the rain-shortened Fall Preview (150) during her first collegiate tourney ... top tournament finish was the Peg Barnard California Collegiate where he was fourth overall at 3-over 147 ... was seventh at Oregon's Duck Invitational (223) ... her 4-over 220 at the Stanford Intercollegiate helped UW to set a 54-hole scoring record (874) ... that was also her low 54-hole total for the year ... low round of the year was a 69 she shot at ASU Invitational.
Mackenzie's Career Statistics
Years Rounds Strokes Avg. Low2001-2002 30 2280 76.0 69
Walla Walla, WA
Heads into NCAA competition playing her best golf of the season ... has played in 22 tournaments during her career ... will earn her second letter this season. 2001-2002 (Sophomore): Honorable mentional All-Pac-10 selection ... is ranked 75th in Golfweek's Performance Index ... played in all 11 events ... has been the Huskies' top finisher in three of the last five events, including the Pac-10 Championships where she was sixth overall at 6-over 222 ... was 12th overall at NCAA West Regional with a 222 ... shot 70 during the third round to equal her career best round as a collegiate ... was UW's top finisher at Oregon's Duck Invitational and the Peg Barnard California Collegiate ... placed second overall at Duck Invitational with a 3-over score of 219 ... that was her best 54-hole total as a collegian ... shot 2-over 146 at the Barnard, her best tournament against par ... is second on the team in stroke average at 75.50, which ranks as the sixth best single-season total in UW history ... low round during the season was a 71 she shot at Oregon State's Northwest Invitational ... shot par six times during the season to lead the Huskies in that statistic.
Morgan's Career Statistics
Years Rounds Strokes Avg. Low2000-2001 32 2485 77.7 702001-2002 30 2265 75.5 70Totals 62 4750 76.6 70