Mikaela Parmlid Wins Individual Title, Leads Women's Golf To Team Title At Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational

Oct. 9, 2002

Tacoma, Wash. - Senior All-American Mikaela Parmlid fired a final-round 68 and then won a playoff with Pepperdine's Lindsey Wright to capture the individual crown as the No. 14 USC women's golf team cruised to the team title at the 2002 Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational held at Tacoma Golf and Country Club.

It's the second career individual title for Parmlid, who will represent Sweden at the World Amateur in October. It's also the third consecutive team win at the Edean Ihlanfeldt for the Women of Troy.

Parmlid entered the day at in sixth place at even par, four strokes behind senior teammate Becky Lucidi, who had nailed a school-record-tying 65 in round one. But Parmlid's 68 catapulted her into a tie for the top spot with Wright at five under par (214) after the final hole.

In the playoff, Parmlid pared the 371-yard first hole while Wright missed a four-foot putt for par and bogeyed. Both players finished the tournament at 5-under 70.

'This is probably one of my best rounds,' Parmlid said. 'I had five birdiesand no bogies. It was just a solid round. I played with Lindsey Wright andshe made seven birdies, so it felt like match play out there between us.'

Parmlid opened the tournament by shooting 1-over 74 on Monday and 1-under 72on Tuesday. After her second round she decided to change her putting stanceand felt that was the difference maker. It took some extra work on theputting green and her hotel room to make her completely comfortable with thenew approach.

'Yesterday, I went back to the putting green and I decided to step a littlecloser to the ball,' she said. 'Then, last night, I was in my hotel room andI putted a little bit more and it felt better. I decided to try it today.'

'Mikaela coming out today and charging and shooting that 65 really helpedus,' USC head coach Andrea Gaston said. 'I know that she was out her a long while yesterdayafternoon working on her putting, but I didn't know she was doing that inher room last night.

'That does not surprise me,' Gaston added. 'She's dead serious about whatshe wants to do and this being her senior year, she had a great season lastyear being a first-team All-American and I know her sights are on that thisyear. This is her second tournament victory and I think it was a littlebigger for her because last year she was a 36-hole event and this was 54holes.'

Meanwhile, Lucidi finished just one stroke behind Parmlid and Wright, tied for third with Katherine Hull of Pepperdine at four under (215).

USC won the team title by 15 strokes, as the Women of Troy finished at nine over par (885). Washington was second (900), Pepperdine was third (901), California was fourth (903) and Stanford was fifth (905).

Also for the Women of Troy, freshman Tanya Dergal tied for 20th (229), freshman Irene Cho tied for 25th (231) and junior Rachel Bell tied for 38th (235).

USC is next in action at the Stanford Pepsi Intercollegiate on Oct. 19-20 in Palo Alto, Calif.

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