UW's Friberg Ties Course Record at NCAA Championships
May 23, 2002
Auburn, WA - Washington junior Louise Friberg tied the women's competitive round course record at Washington National Golf Club with a 5-under 67 during the third round of the NCAA Championships. A native of Helsingborg, Sweden, Friberg's score was the best of her collegiate career, bettering the 69 she shot earlier this season at the Spartan Invitational at Corral De Tierra Country Club in Salinas, Calif.
Friberg's score tied as the third lowest round ever recorded by a Husky. Dodie Mazzuca set the school record in 1997 with a 65. Friberg's teammate, Kelli Kamimura, shot 66 last season and a 67 in 1998.
'I had absolutely no idea,' Friberg said regarding the record-tying round. 'My mom told me when I walked up. It feels pretty good. I'm just happy to shoot 67, whether it was the course record or not, because I can't really control the course record. I've never shot 67 - my lowest before was 69.'
Teeing off at 9 a.m. on the back nine, Friberg parred the first seven holes during her round. She then birdied holes No. 17 and 18. After making the turn, she birdied holes No. 1, 3 and 4 to move to 5-under.
Friberg sank a 10-foot putt on No. 7 to move back to five-under. She then bogied No. 8 after leaving her tee shot short and right on the par-3, 204-yard hole. Friberg finished her round with a birdie on No. 9.
'I've had some trouble with my putting before, but I've been hitting the ball really good,' Friberg said. 'Yesterday, after my round, my teacher, Joe Thiel, I pulled him aside and asked him, 'What did I need to do?'. He said, 'Your first mistake is that you're trying to make the putts, rather than picking a spot and rolling over it.' He said, 'All you can do is roll the ball to where you want it. If you have accomplished that, then that's a good putt.' That was all I wanted to do today. There were a lot of putts in the first couple of holes that I didn't make that I could have, so I paced myself and hung in there and they started dropping.'
The Washington National record was set during the second-round of the NCAA Championships when Oklahoma's Lisa Meldrum shot 67.
Friberg opened the 72-hole tournament by carding rounds of 79 and 76.
Washington shot 305 during the third round to stand 20th overall at 904. The final round of the NCAA Championships will take place Friday.