Husky Women Finish Tied For 12th At Ihlanfeldt Invitational
Oct. 10, 2007
SAMMAMISH, Wash. - The 26th annual Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational came to a close at Sahalee Country Club, Wednesday afternoon, with host Washington finishing the three-day 54-hole tournament in a tie for 12th with New Mexico. USC won the team title, while USC's Belen Mozo and Arizona's Alison Walshe claimed co-medalist honors.
The event marked the season debut for the Huskies whose lineup featured a young group of two sophomores and three freshmen. UW shot a final round score of 23-over 311 to finish at 62-over 926. Sophomore Molly Aronsson led the way for the Huskies, finishing in a tie for 20th at 11-over 227. Aronsson's 4-over 76 was the low score for UW's final round.
'It's disappointing,' UW head coach Mary Lou Mulflur said. 'We're a really young team and they're trying as hard as they can but we've got some things to work on. It gives us a little gauge of where we are. We've got a quick turnaround with Stanford (next week) and we just have to regroup in a couple days. They are already talking about what they need to work on and what they need to do in practice, so that's a really good sign.'
USC won the tournament by nine strokes, finishing at 18-over 882. The Women of Troy shot a final round score of 7-over 295, as did runner-up Arizona State. The Sun Devils finished at 27-over 891, while Oregon was third at 36-over 900.
It was the seventh Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational title for the USC, which took home three straight crowns in 1999, 2000 and 2002.
'We knew that Arizona State was making a pretty good run at us earlier in the day, but you really can't play match play - the girls just played their best golf, kept fighting all the way through,' USC head coach Andrea Gaston said. 'I think we had some strong finishes with some birdies in the end and that seemed to give us a big cushion. I'm extremely proud of all of them and we've had a great week just being here. We're excited to get our first victory of the fall.'
USC was bolstered by the play of co-medalist Mozo, who carded a final round score of even-par 72. Walshe was the leader going into today's last 18 holes, but let Mozo catch up with her after shooting 4-over 76. Both players finished at 1-over 217. Arizona's Adriana Zwanck was third at 3-over 219, while four players tied for fourth. Zwanck's 2-under 70 was the low score of the day.
A pair of freshmen finished two and three for the Huskies, with Anya Alvarez tying for 38th at 16-over 232 and Nicole Ferrero tying for 41st at 17-over 233. Both Alvarez and Ferrero shot 6-over 78 in the final round. Sophomore Christina Yoon, who led the Huskies after the first round, finished in a tie for 43rd at 18-over 234. Freshman Katie Saucier was 78th (32-over 248) and sophomore Molly Boyle, playing as an individual, tied for 59th (23-over 239).
Along with the team and individual winners, UNLV was honored as the recipient of the Sahalee Spirit Award which recognized outstanding sportsmanship displayed during the tournament.
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 Huskies will next travel to the Bay Area for the Stanford Intercollegiate, Oct. 19-21, in Palo Alto, Calif.