Husky Golfers Rally for Second-Place Finish
Oct. 6, 2004
Sammammish - The second-ranked Washington women's golf team posted the best round of the day, a 13-over 301, to rally for a second-place finish at the Huskies 23rd-annual Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational at Sahalee Country Club. Oklahoma State won the tournament after leading wire-to-wire. The eighth-ranked Cowgirls shot 302 during Wednesday's final round to finish the 54-hole event at 35-over 899. Oregon tied Washington for second place at 54-over 918, 19 strokes behind Oklahoma State.
The tournament was Washington's second straight runner-up finish this season. The Huskies opened the year by placing second at the Fall Preview. Oklahoma State, the runner-up at the 2004 NCAA Championships, was two strokes behind the Huskies at the Fall Preview.
The Huskies, in sixth place entering the final round, used a solid team effort to move into the runner-up position. Freshman Kim Shin's 77 was the team's throw-out score. Despite not being a counter during the final round she placed sixth in stroke play at 9-over 225. It was Shin's second straight top-10 showing. She placed eighth at the Fall Preview.
'We just put ourselves in too much of a whole after the first two days,' said Washington coach Mary Lou Mulflur. ' They came back and played really hard today, especially on the backside. They could have folded their tents, but they decided to fight back and as a result we were able to move up a few spots.'
Washington sophomore Amber Prange carded a 76 during the final round to tie junior teammate Paige Mackenzie for 15th place at 14-over 230. Mackenzie posted a 1-over 73 Wednesday, her best round of the tournament. Sung Ea Lee shot 76 and placed 28th overall. Ashley Bickerton also shot 76 and was 31st at 237.
Husky sophomore Courtney McCracken, playing as a non-scoring individual, had her best collegiate tournament. She placed ninth overall at 11-over 227. Amy Wang, also playing as an individual, shot 235 to tie for 25th. That was also her best finish as a Husky.
'Today was better, but it is not where we want to be,' Mulflur said. 'We don't feel bad about ourselves. We did the best we could and I think we were well prepared. For whatever reason it just did not go our way this week.'
Oklahoma State was led to its first tournament win in two years thanks to the one-two finish of Karin Sjodin and Annie Thurman. Sjodin's victory was her second straight after taking medalist honors at the Fall Preview. She posted a 2-under 70 for a three-day total of 3-under 213. Sjodin was the only player in the field to break par. Thurman's second-place score was 6-over 222. Thurman was fifth at the Fall Preview.
'It feels great to win two weeks in a row,' Sjodin said. 'There's not much more you could ask for. We wanted the team to win the Preview as well, but we were able to win here, so that's the perfect week.'
Oklahoma State coach Mike McGraw was extremely pleased with Sjodin's efforts on a tough Sahalee course that only allowed four rounds under par.
'She's playing very steady and hitting the ball quite well,' McGraw said. 'With a little bit more work on her short game, I think she'll really see some special golf. She was real steady and her emotions were level and that's good. She had a few stray drives early in the round today and did not let that bother her. She made a slight adjustment and was hitting the ball really well at the end.'
Sjodin, from Sweden, said she felt right at home in the Pacific Northwest setting.
'I really loved it here,' Sjodin said. 'I loved the trees and the fresh air and the this kind of weather. It reminded me of home.'
McGraw was also impressed with the Sahalee, which has hosted the PGA Championship and the World Golf Championship.
'I have never been out this far and have not seen a golf course this tough,' McGraw said. 'I know the women's tournaments I've been to, the golf courses have not been as hard as this golf course. This is a great test of championship golf. It was exciting to play a course like this and to play well on it.'
The Huskies are off until Oct. 15-17 when they head to Stanford Intercollegiate. The Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational was Washington's only home tournament of the season.
2004 Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational
Sahalee Country Club
Par 72, 6,190 yards
1. Oklahoma State 296-301-302-899 2. Washington 310-307-301-918 2. Oregon 300-304-314-918 4. USC 303-301-321-926 5. Pepperdine 298-316-316-930 6. UNLV 318-307-307-932 7. Washington State 310-305-323-938 7. San Francisco 318-304-316-938 9. Stanford 308-312-320-94010. California 320-308-313-94111. Brigham Young 314-313-325-95212. Long Beach State 320-329-319-96813. Oregon State 334-323-328-98514. Stirling (Scotland) 344-343-344-1031
Individual Leaders 1. Karin Sjodin, Oklahoma State 70-73-70-213 2. Annie Thurman, Oklahoma State 74-70-78-222 3. Ana Kostina, Washington State 76-74-73-223 3. Joanna Nealy, Oregon 73-78-72-223 5. Kay Hoey, Long Beach State 74-72-78-224 6. Kim Shin, Washington 76-72-77-225 7. Kimberly McCready, Oregon 74-72-80-226 7. Jenni Tangtiphaiboontana, Stanford 73-74-79-226 9. Catalina Marin, USC 75-72-80-227 9. Courtney McCracken*, Washington 78-71-78-22711. Eileen Vargas, Pepperdine 73-76-79-22812. Allison Chell, UNLV 78-77-74-22912. Veronica Felibert, USC 75-75-79-22912. Carolina Llano, Pepperdine 74-80-75-22915. Claire Dury, California 76-75-79-23015. Paige Mackenzie, Washington 78-79-73-23015. Amber Prange, Washington 80-74-76-23015. Mariko Shimozaki, San Francisco 80-74-76-230
Washington Results 6. Kim Shin 76-72-77-225 9. Courtney McCracken* 78-71-78-22715. Amber Prange 80-74-73-23015. Paige Mackenzie 78-79-76-23025. Amy Wang* 80-80-75-23528. Sung Ea Lee 78-82-76-23631. Ashley Bickerton 78-83-76-237* Competing as individual