Husky Golfers Open NCAAs Tied for Fifth

May 17, 2005

Sunriver, OR - Washington women's golf coach Mary Lou Mulflur told her team to imagine they were 10 strokes behind when they started their opening round of play at the NCAA Championships. The motivational tactic worked. The Huskies charged out in aggressive fashion and ended the first round tied with top-ranked Duke for fifth place after shooting 8-over 292.

USC owns a one-stroke lead over defending NCAA Champion UCLA at the top of the leaderboard. The Trojans shot 3-over 287. Auburn is third at 290 while Pepperdine is fourth at 291. California's seventh place showing gives the Pac-10 five of the top seven teams after the opening round of play.

After starting poorly the last few years in postseason play, Mulflur said it was time to make the slow starts an issue.

'This is the first time all year that we talked about the fact that we haven't played well early in tournaments,' Mulflur said. 'You cannot be in contention after a poor round. So I just told them to imagine they were 10 shots back and lets go make up some ground today. That was our mentality starting out and it obviously didn't hurt us.'

Playing in cold and windy conditions at the par-71 Meadows Course at the Sunriver Resort, the Huskies were hot during their opening nine.

Led by Mackenzie, UW made the turn at 1-over and were atop the leaderboard among the teams playing in the morning session.

'I was standing on the first tee and I heard coach shout, 'Remember, we're 10 strokes back,' Mackenzie said. ' So I said to myself, 'That's right we're down 10. Let's go.' I started par, birdie, birdie.' That approach, it gives you a sense of urgency. I think everybody took it the right way.'

Mackenzie and sophomore Amber Prange led the Huskies with 1-over scores of 72. They are tied with seven other players for 12th place and trail Pepperdine's Carolina Llano by three shots for the lead. Llano's 2-under 69 was one of only two scores under par on the opening day. USC's Dewi Schreefel shot 1-under 70.

Mackenzie was 11th at last year's NCAAs after placing 25th as a freshman. Her opening round was identical to last year's start at Auburn where she shot 1-over 73 during the first day. Prange carded an 8-over 80 in her NCAA debut last spring.

In addition to Mackenzie and Prange, the Huskies got solid outings by sophomore Courtney McCracken and Sung Ea Lee. Both golfers contributed 3-over 74 performances while freshman Kim Shin, slowed by a sore leg, shot 79.

Lee's opening round was her best in more than a month. She shot 79 to start the Pac-10 Championships and posted an 80 to open the NCAA East Regional.

'Sung played well and we need her and she knows that we need her to play better than she has the last couple of tournaments,' Mulflur said. 'She made a slight adjustment on the range this morning and that seemed to help her today. Getting her back is huge. The problems she has had the past few weeks, she didn't have any of them today.'

Washington enters Wednesday's second round in much better shape than a year ago. The Huskies finished their first round at the NCAAs a year ago in 18th place. They went on to post a sixth-place finish, the best in school history.

'We seem to have the mentality that we do better when we have to come from behind,' Mulflur said. 'We're not out her to protect anything. We want to keep playing aggressively.'

The 72-hole tournament continues through Friday. Washington will tee off at 2:10 p.m. during its second round. Live scoring of the event is online at golfstat.com

2005 NCAA Divison I Women's Golf Championships
The Meadows Course
Sunriver, Ore.
Par-71, 6312 yards
First Round Results

Team Results 1. Southern California  287 2. UCLA                 288 3. Auburn               290 4. Pepperdine           291 5. Washington           292 5. Duke                 292 7. California           295 8. Arkansas             296 9. Oklahoma State       29810. Stanford             30010. Tennessee            30012. Florida              30112. Ohio State           30114. Arizona State        30415. Michigan State       30415. Virginia             30417. Brigham Young        30517. Texas A&M            30517. Tulane               30520. Missouri             30720. Furman               30720. Tulsa                30723. Purdue               30924. UC Irvine            311

Individual Leaders1. Carolina Llano, Pepperdine 692. Dewi Schreefel, USC 703. Sara Brown, Michigan State 713. Amie Cochran, UCLA 713. Wendra Liang, Stanford 713. Charlote Mayorkas, UCLA 713. Amanda McCurdy, Arkansas 713. Brooke Shelton, LSU 713. Karin Sjodin, Oklahoma State 713. Marci Turner, Tennessee 713. Nicole Melton, Texas A&M 7112. Leanne Bowditch, Pepperdine 7212. Veronica Felibert, USC 7212. Stacy Lewis, Arkansas 7212. Paige Mackenzie, Washington 7212. Catalina Marin, USC 7212. Maria Martinze, Auburn 7212. Jennifer Pandolfi, Duke 7212. Amber Prange, Washington 7212. Abigale Schepperle, Auburn 72

Washington Scores12. Paige Mackenzie 7212. Amber Prange 7235. Sung Ea Lee 7435. Courtney McCracken 7498. Kim Shin 79

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