Huskies Ninth After First Round Of Ihlanfeldt Invitational

Oct. 8, 2007

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SAMMAMISH, Wash. - Playing in its fall opener, the Washington women's golf team is in ninth place after the first round of the 26th annual Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational at Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Wash., Monday.

The Huskies, whose lineup features a young five-woman group of two sophomores and three freshmen, shot 26-over 314 on the first 18 holes of their own tournament. Sophomore Christina Yoon leads Washington and is tied for 20th at 5-over 77.

'I think it was a disappointing performance in terms of the number but we have three players playing their first collegiate event and the other two are only sophomores,' UW head coach Mary Lou Mulflur said. 'The good thing I saw was none of them quit. Their attitudes have been outstanding, in practice leading up to this and through today. We'll just go to work - they were anxious to get to work, to practice and iron some things out - and be ready to go tomorrow.'

Southern California jumped out to a five-stroke advantage after the first round and leads the 16-team field that features eight squads ranked in the latest Golf World/NGCA Golf Coaches' poll. The fourth-ranked Women of Troy shot 8-over 296, while second place and third-ranked Arizona State carded a first round score of 13-over 301.

Just one shot separates the next three teams, led by No. 15 Stanford at 16-over 304. No. 22 California (17-over 305) and No. 7 Arizona (17-over 305) are tied for fourth.In the individual standings, USC's Belen Mozo and Arizona State's Anna Nordqvist share the lead at 2-under 70. Defending Ihlanfeldt Invitational champion Mari Chun from Stanford is just one shot behind the leaders and in third place at 1-under 71. Arizona's Alison Walshe is fourth at even-par 72.

Behind Yoon for the Huskies were freshman Nicole Ferrero who shot 6-over 78 in her collegiate debut (tied for 31st) and freshman Anya Alvarez who carded a first round score of 7-over 79 (tied for 36th). Sophomore Molly Aronsson (8-over 80) and freshman Katie Saucier (12-over 84) rounded out Washington's lineup. Sophomore Molly Boyle played as an individual and shot 15-over 85.

The Huskies' leader Yoon regrouped after a front-nine performance that saw her shoot six-over, to recover on the back nine with a 1-under. She tallied four birdies on the day.

'Christina is a completely different player than she was last year,' Mulflur said. 'I think she had back-to-back doubles on eight and nine but other than that played a solid round. I just think that she came back a lot more mature, a lot more dedicate to her game and it shows. Maybe that score today didn't reflect it, but it really does show with her maturity and the way she is going about things. So I'm really excited for her.'

The Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational is named for the founder of the Washington women's golf program. One of the Pacific Northwest's most honored golfers, Ihlanfeldt started the UW program in 1974. She never accepted payment for her work as the Huskies coach, instead donating her salary back to the program to fund scholarships.

The second round of the tournament tees off Tuesday at 10 a.m. with the final round to be played Wednesday starting at 9 a.m. Wednesday's third round will feature a shotgun start. The Huskies will tee off Tuesday at 10:45 a.m. with UNLV and Pepperdine.

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