Arizona's Strong Finish Nets Ihlanfeldt Title
Oct. 8, 2003
Seattle - Arizona outdueled California and UCLA during the final nine holes of play to claim its first Edean Ihlanfelt Invitational title since 1991. The third-ranked Wildcats turned in a final round score of 304 at Sahalee Country Club to win the tournament by three strokes at 32-over 896. California, which held a one-stroke lead heading into the final round, tied UCLA for second at 899. Three-time defending champion USC was fourth at 914. Washington placed ninth at 930.
'I told the team in the van this morning that par on this course was a good score,' said Arizona coach Greg Allen. 'When the wind came up and it started to rain and the cedar needles were blowing around on the greens, I started believing that bogie was going to be a good score today. The course played really tough today, but our players hung in there and made a couple of big putts on 16 and 17 that were the difference.'
The Wildcats were led by Erica Blasberg, who tied USC's Irene Cho for medalist honors at 3-over 219. Blasberg shot 74 during the final round, which proved to be the second best score for the day. No player managed to break par Wednesday as occasional showers combined with gusty winds to challenge the field.
Blasberg played the Sahalee course even until the final two holes when she carded a double bogie on the 155-yard par-3 17th hole. That proved to be the Wildcats only miscue down the stretch. Mar Garcia managed par on the 16th hole and Whitney Welch knocked in a birdie on 17 to allow the Wildcats to complete the three finishing holes at even par and hold on for the win.
'Our goal this year is to be in every tournament coming into the final nine holes,' Allen said. 'We did that during our first tournament, but we were not as good at that in the second one. I thought we played ourselves back into that position yesterday. It has been a while since UA has won this tournament, so it is a good feeling.'
Cho was one of three players who shot 1-over 73 during the final round. San Francisco's Kristi Larsen also carded a 73 to move from up from 10th to third on the final round's leaderboard.
Washington, which shot 309, had moved all the way to fifth place before the Huskies finished their final two holes at four-over par.
'It was disappointing in terms of what we did today and where we finished overall,' said Husky coach Mary Lou Mulflur. 'I liked the way our freshmen performed this week and it was great to see Paige Mackenzie turn in our best finish.'
Mackenzie, playing in her first college tournament in 10 months due to a back injury, shot 74 during the final round to place 17th overall at 13-over 229. She opened the tournament with an 81 before posting back-to-back scores of 74.
Washington freshman Ashley Bickerton was 21st at 230 while classmate Amber Prange finished 34th at 234. Sung Ea Lee shot 238 and Lindsay Morgan did not break 80 during the week while posting a 245 score. Freshman Amy Wang, competing as a non-scoring player, shot 243 while fellow freshman Courtney McCracken completed her first tournament at 246. She was also a non-scoring player.
The Huskies return to the links Oct. 17-19 for the Stanford Intercollegiate tournament.
2003 Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational
Sahalee Country Club
Par 72, 5,953 yards
3rd Round Results
1 Arizona 299-293-304-896 2 California 285-306-308-899 2 UCLA 297-295-307-899 4 USC 293-308-313-914 5 Oregon 308-304-312-924 6 Stanford 304-312-309-925 7 San Francisco 305-311-311-927 8 UNLV 310-309-309-928 9 Washington 321-300-309-93010 Brigham Young 300-323-322-94511 Arizona St. 306-322-318-94612 Nevada 320-316-328-96412 Oregon St. 321-319-324-96414 Washington St. 316-319-341-97615 Long Beach St. 324-341-320-985
1 Erica Blasberg Arizona 76-69-74-219 1 Irene Cho USC 70-76-73-219 3 Kristi Larsen USF 75-73-73-221 4 Susie Matthews UCLA 71-73-78-222 4 Anna Temple California 70-72-80-222 4 Kim Welch Washington St. 73-73-76-222 7 Sofie Andersson California 69-77-77-223 7 Whitney Welch Arizona 73-76-74-223 9 Bridget Dwyer UCLA 77-71-76-224 9 Mar Garcia Arizona 74-72-78-224 9 Charlotte Mayorkas UCLA 72-75-77-22412 Erin Andrews Oregon 76-73-76-22512 Rachel Bell USC 71-74-80-22514 Stephanie Lue Stanford 76-78-73-22715 Sarah Huarte California 74-76-78-22815 Kimberly McCready Oregon 76-75-77-22817 Paige Mackenzie Washington 81-74-74-22917 Sunny Oh UNLV 77-74-78-22917 Seema Sadekar UNLV 79-76-74-22917 Tiffany Tavee Arizona St. 81-74-74-22921 Ashley Bickerton Washington 80-71-79-23021 Veronica Feilbert USC 74-78-78-23021 Elena Kurokawa UNLV 77-77-76-23021 Natalie Newren BYU 74-77-79-23021 Lauren Todd* Stanford 78-76-76-23026 Sophia Sheridan California 72-82-77-23126 Mariko Shimozaki USF 77-75-79-23128 Alana Condon Nevada 76-76-80-23228 Claire Dury California 75-81-76-23228 Lani Elston Arizona 76-76-80-23231 Kelly Husted Stanford 75-78-80-23331 J. Tangtiphaiboontana Stanford 78-77-78-23331 Gina Umeck UCLA 79-78-76-23334 Cassandra Kirkland Arizona 80-76-78-23434 Amber Prange Washington 78-75-81-23434 Erin Tone Arizona St. 74-83-77-23437 Alexis Edwards BYU 74-83-78-23537 Therese Wenslow Oregon 76-78-81-23539 Jordan Auten USF 73-83-80-23639 Hannah Jun UCLA 77-76-83-23639 Johnna Nealy Oregon 80-78-78-23642 Josefin Gustafsson Arizona St. 73-83-82-23842 Sung Ea Lee Washington 82-81-75-23842 Laura Skinner Oregon St. 79-75-84-23842 Leah Whiting Oregon St. 82-77-79-23842 Hayley Wilkinson Long Beach St. 71-88-79-23847 Nikki Jacoby USF 80-80-79-23947 Wendra Liang Stanford 75-79-85-23949 Hwanhee Lee UNLV 77-82-81-24050 Stephanie Parsley Washington St. 74-78-89-24151 Margaret Gibby BYU 80-82-80-24251 Rachel Newren BYU 72-81-89-24251 Angela Rho Stanford 82-82-78-24254 Amy Wang* Washington 80-79-84-24355 Stephanie Hickerson USC 78-80-86-24456 Kelly Ferris Oregon St. 78-82-85-24556 Lindsay Morgan Washington 82-80-83-24556 Michelle Timpani* Oregon 76-82-87-24559 Erin Long Nevada 82-78-86-24659 Courtney McCracken* Washington 80-87-79-24659 Seiko Onoue USC 82-82-82-24662 Melanie Furuta Long Beach St. 89-78-80-24762 Erin LaPlaunt Nevada 83-83-81-24762 Jay Lee Longbottom Washington St. 82-79-86-24765 Beth Holtermann Long Beach St. 80-87-81-24865 Alexandra Lucio Oregon St. 82-86-80-24867 Beatriz Conti Arizona St. 82-82-85-24967 Chandeni Gill Nevada 88-80-81-24969 Nicole de Gennaro Nevada 79-82-89-25069 N. Newren-Chandler BYU 81-84-85-25071 A. Johannsdottir USF 81-85-85-25172 Jess Carlyon Oregon 84-86-84-25472 Tina Mabanta UNLV 84-83-87-25474 Marie Louise Juul Long Beach St. 89-88-80-25775 Lindsay Eide Oregon St. 93-85-81-25976 Amanda Pentecost Long Beach St. 84-89-91-26476 Rebekah Saxon * Oregon St. 82-89-93-26478 Heather O'Leary Washington St. 87-89-90-26679 Lindsay Bogden Washington St. 88-95-92-275- Jamie Michaud Arizona St. 78-94-WD
* Competing as non-scoring player.
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