Huskies Fall To 11th After Second Round Of Ihlanfeldt Invitational

Oct. 9, 2007

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SAMMAMISH, Wash. - Sophomore Molly Aronsson led the Huskies shooting a 1-under 71 in the second round of the 26th annual Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational at Sahalee Country Club, Tuesday, but the Washington women's golf team fell back to 11th in the team standings.

Aronsson's second round score was the lowest score of the tournament thus far for Washington which began the day in ninth place. UW shot 13-over 301 in today's second round, an improvement of 13 strokes from its first-round performance of 26-over 314. UW is 39-over 615 overall and justfour shots out of eighth place. The third and final round of the tournament tees off Wednesday with a shotgun start at 9 a.m.

'It was definitely a better day for some, but it's frustrating to play better only to feel like you're going backwards,' UW head coach Mary Lou Mulflur said. 'The golf course was very scoreable today and that was reflected by the scores from the field. It's early, so I feel good about the group. There are better days ahead.'

Fourth-ranked USC leads the field by nine shots (11-over 587) over No. 3 Arizona State (20-over 596). Oregon (21-over 597), No. 7 Arizona (25-over 601) and No. 22 California (26-over 602) round out the top five teams heading into the final 18 holes. The Ducks shot the best round of the day with a 2-over 290, catapulting them up to third place from sixth after the first round.

Arizona's Alison Walshe moved atop the leaderboard after shooting a 3-under 69 in the second round, one of three players in the field to card a 69. Oregon's Kendra Little and San Francisco's Danielle Cvitanov also shot 3-under 69. Walshe is 3-under 141 overall, just one stroke ahead of Arizona State's Anna Nordqvist at 2-under 142. Little and USC players Paola Moreno and Belen Mozo are tied for third at 1-over 145.

UW's Aronsson was one of five Huskies to improve upon their first round scores. Aronsson improved nine strokes after carding an 8-over 80 on Monday. Aronsson is tied for 17th at 7-over 151.

'Molly was like a completely different person out there,' Mulflur said. 'Joe Thiel (UW assistant coach) helped her with something on the range this morning and it really clicked for her. So that was great to see and we just need to get her a little more help.'

Washington freshman Anya Alvarez shot a 3-over 75 in the second round to improve to 10-over 154. She is tied for 34th. UW freshman Nicole Ferrero and sophomore Christina Yoon are tied for 39th at 11-over 155. Ferrero carded a 5-over 77, Tuesday, while Yoon shot six-over 78. Sophomore Molly Boyle, playing as an individual, improved 12 strokes from her first round score and is tied for 67th. Boyle shot a 3-over 75 after a 15-over 87 on Monday. Freshman Katie Saucier is tied for 72nd at 20-over 164.

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 final round of the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational will tee off at 9 a.m. with a shot gun start at the Sahalee Country Club. The Huskies will tee off from holes nine through 12 along with BYU, UNLV and New Mexico.

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