Husky Golfers Host Ihlanfeldt Invitational

Oct. 4, 2002

Seattle - The ninth-ranked Washington women's golf team plays host to the 21st annual Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational Oct. 7-9 at the Tacoma Country and Golf Club. The event is Washington's only home tournament of the 2002-2003 season.

The 11-team field for this year's event includes Brigham Young, California, Stanford, Pepperdine, USC, UCLA, San Francisco, Oregon State, Oregon, Long Beach State and the Huskies. The course will be played as a par-73, covering 6,102 yards.

This is the first year the tournament has been held since the fall of 2000. Last season the Huskies hosted the Fall Preview in September and the NCAA Championships in May at Washington National Golf Club.

The Ihlanfeldt Invitational will include a practice round on Sunday at noon. The first two days of competition will start at 9 a.m. PDT. Wednesday's final round will tee off at 8 a.m. PDT.

USC is the tournament's defending champion, having won the event in October of 2000 when it was last contested at Sahalee Country Club. The Trojans shot 896 to finish 14 strokes ahead of second-place Stanford. Washington was seventh overall at 930. Stanford's Stephanie Keever and Tulsa's Stacy Prammanasudh tie for medalist honors at even-par 216. Louise Friberg was Washington's top finisher in eighth place at 225.

The Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational is named for the founder of the Washington women's golf program. One of the Pacific Northwest's most honored golfer, Ihlanfeldt started the UW program in 1974 before retiring seven years later in 1981. Ihlanfeldt never accepted payment for his work as the Huskies' coach. She donated her salary back into the program to fund scholarships.

The Huskies have never won the team title at the Ihlanfeldt Invitational, but two Washington players have turned in the best individual score. Nancy Kessler won the individual title in 1987 and Dodie Mazzuca, on the strength of a final-round score of 65, tied Stanford's Andrea Baxter for medalist honors in 1996. Mazzuca's 65 still stands as the lowest 18-hole score in the event's history.

Last Tourney: Washington opened its 2002 fall season by tying for second place at New Mexico's Comcast-Dick McGuire Invitational held Sept. 26-28 at the UNM Championship Course. It was Washington's best showing at the tournament. The Huskies were led by sophomore Paige Mackenzie, who tied for third place with a 1-under score of 218. Washington's team score of 898 tied Oklahoma and was seven strokes behind tournament champion New Mexico. Lindsay Morgan placed seventh (222) and Louise Friberg tied for eighth (223) to give the Huskies three of the top eight spots in the final individual standings.

The Rankings: Washington jumped to ninth in the week's GolfWeek Collegiate Rankings thanks to its second-place finish at New Mexico's Invitational. Sophomore Paige Mackenzie is ranked 10th in the individual standings at 71.17 while Lindsay Morgan is 37th at 72.48 and Louise Friberg is 46th at 72.80.

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