Huskies Head to Austin For NCAA Central Regional Championship
May 6, 2008
2008 NCAA CENTRAL REGIONAL
Thursday, May 8 - Saturday, May 10
Host - University of Texas Austin, Texas
University of Texas Golf Club Par 72 - 6,301 Yards
Live Scoring - Golfstat.com/GoHuskies.com
NCAA Central Regional Up Next:
The Washington women's golf team will travel to Austin, Texas, for the NCAA Central Regional Championships, to be held at the University of Texas Golf Club, Thursday, May 8, through Saturday, May 10. Play begins on Thursday and Saturday at 8:10 a.m. CT, and at 8 a.m. CT on Friday. The tournament features a 54-hole format that includes one round of 18 holes to be played each day. The University of Texas Golf Club is a par 72, 6,301-yard course. Washington is the 16th seed in a field of 21 teams in the Central Region. The Huskies will be paired with Nebraska and Harvard and will open tournament play from the 10th tee Thursday at 12:30 p.m. CT. In Friday's second round, the Huskies will play from the 1st tee with the same two teams at 8 a.m. CT.
What's On The Line:
The top eight teams and top-two individuals not on an advancing team from the Central Regional will advance to compete in the NCAA Championships to be held in Albuquerque, N.M., May 20-23.
Fifteen of the 21 teams in the Central Regional field are ranked in the latest GolfWeek Top-50 led by second-ranked UCLA, sixth-ranked Purdue, 11th-ranked Denver, 12th-ranked Alabama and 15th-ranked Kent State. The 21-team field is as follows in order of seed: No. 1 UCLA, No. 2 Purdue, No. 3 Alabama, No. 4 Denver, No. 5 Kent State, No. 6 Pepperdine, No. 7 LSU, No. 8 Texas A&M, No. 9 Notre Dame, No. 10 Texas, No. 11 TCU, NO. 12 Florida State, No. 13 N.C. State, No. 14 East Tennessee State, No. 15 Texas Tech, No. 16 Washington, No. 17 Nebraska, No. 18 Harvard, No. 19 Texas State, No. 20 Illinois State, and No. 21 Fairleigh Dickinson. The three individuals competing are Steffi Kirchmayr (College of Charleston), Sara Wikstrom (Arkansas-Little Rock) and Araceli Felgueroso (Coastal Carolina).
Regional Live Scoring:
Fans can follow the Huskies in Austin with live scoring available at GolfStat.com.
The Huskies' lineup at regionals will feature freshman Anya Alvarez (Jenks, Okla.), sophomore Christina Yoon (Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada), sophomore Molly Aronsson (Shelburne, Vt.), freshman Karinn Dickinson (Mukilteo, Wash.) and freshman Nicole Ferrero (Lodi, Calif.).
UW Regional History:
Washington is making its 15th trip to the NCAA Regional Championship in the last 16 years, after missing a berth last since for the first time since the inception of the regional format. The Huskies' best NCAA Regional finish was its last - placing third at the 2006 event which they hosted at Washington National Golf Club. That same season saw then-senior Paige Mackenzie become the second Husky to win a regional title (68-69-71-208). Two of UW's last three regional finishes were top-four standings, the other being a fourth place finish in 2004.
Last Time At Regionals - 2006:
Paige Mackenzie won her second straight tournament title of the 2006 postseason at the NCAA West Regional, besting the 108-player field by eight strokes. The Washington senior shot 1-under 71 in the final round and finished the tournament with a career-best total score of 8-under 208, a mark that still stands as the school record for 54 holes. The 24th-ranked Huskies shot 9-over 297 on the day to place third at 24-over 888 and advance to the NCAA Championship at Ohio State. Purdue won the West Regional with a total score of 17-over 881 after carding a 10-over 298 in round three. Mackenzie's 71 on the day was her sixth straight round under-par, dating back to the first round of the Pac-10 Championship, which Mackenzie also won.
All five of Washington's players - three freshmen and two sophomores - will be making their first-ever appearances in a NCAA Regional tournament. Molly Aronsson and Christina Yoon were freshmen on last year's team that failed to earn a regional berth.
UW Aims To Make It To 11th NCAA Championship:
The Huskies will be aiming to advance to their 11th NCAA Championship this week in Austin. The last time UW played in a regional - 2006 - was also a year that saw the Huskies match their best NCAA finish (sixth). Prior to last season, UW advanced to three-straight NCAA championships (2004-06).
Pac-10 Championships Recap:
Washington finished ninth at this year's Pac-10 Championships hosted by USC, finishing the 54-hole tournament at 84-over 936. Freshman Anya Alvarez, who shot a final-round score of 4-over 75, was UW's top finisher, tying for 14th (12-over 225). Sophomore Christina Yoon was the other Husky to finish in the Top-25, tying for 22nd (16-over 229). Freshman Karinn Dickinson placed 40th at 26-over 239, while sophomore Molly Aronsson tied for 43rd (30-over 243) and freshman Nicole Ferrero tied for 49th (44-over 257).
Youth Is Served:
The Huskies' 2008 roster is extremely young with three sophomores and four freshmen. Washington's lineup has regularly included three freshmen and two sophomores throughout the season. UW's top finisher the last four straight tournaments has been a rookie, with Anya Alvarez leading the way three times in the last four events including the Pac-10 Championships. The other freshman to earn top honors during that span was Karinn Dickinson with her win at the Peg Barnard Collegiate.
Dickinson Wins First Career Title:
Freshman Karinn Dickinson won her first career tournament title when she claimed medalist honors in UW's last regular season event - the Peg Barnard Collegiate at Stanford (April 11-12). The Mukilteo, Wash., native carded back-to-back career-low rounds of even-par 71 to win the event by one shot. She became the first Husky to win a tournament title since Paige Mackenzie won the 2006 NCAA West Regional crown.
After her team-high finish at the Pac-10 Championships, freshman Anya Alvarez moved into the team lead for stroke average (76.35)...not far behind her is sophomore Christina Yoon with a 76.55 average...the pair is tied for third nationally for the lowest round of the season (67)...Yoon carded her 5-under 67 at the UNLV Spring Invitational (March 12) and Alvarez set her career-low of 5-under 67 at the PING/ASU Invitational (April 5)...they are the only two Huskies to break 70 this season...Yoon has been UW's top finisher three times, including back-to-back top-four finishes at the Spartan and UNLV Spring Invitationals...sophomore Molly Aronsson is third on the team with a 77.28 stroke average, followed by freshman Karinn Dickinson (77.45) and freshman Nicole Ferrero (79.73)...Yoon is the only Husky to finish a tournament under-par, going 4-under 212 at the UNLV Spring Invitational...including their runner-up finish at the Peg Barnard Collegiate, the Huskies have two other Top-5 finishes this season...UW placed fourth at both the Spartan Invitational (March 10-12) and the Duck Invitational (March 24-25).
Head Coach Mary Lou Mulflur:
Husky head coach Mary Lou Mulflur is in her 25th season at the helm of the UW women's golf program. Mulflur, who has the longest tenure of any current Husky coach in any sport, has mentored six players to earn All-America honors 10 times and eight players who have earned All-Pac-10 honors a total of 15 times. She was twice named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year in 1988 and 1999. In addition to leading UW to eight NCAA Championship appearances, including school-record sixth-place finishes in 2006 and 2004, three of her former Husky players are currently on the LPGA Tour - Paige Mackenzie, Louise Friberg and Jennifer Stapleton. Mulflur, a 1980 UW graduate, was also a standout player during her career in purple and gold, winning three regular season tournaments.