Dickinson, UW Third At Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitiational

Oct. 8, 2008

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Samammish, Wash. - The final day of the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational belonged to Stanford, as the Cardinal took top honors out of the team and individual standings on Wednesday at the Sahalee Country Club.

The Stanford women finished the three-day tournament with a final score of 905 (303, 303, 299), or 41-over par, beating second-place Oregon by 16 strokes. Coming in first place in the individual tournament was Stanford senior Mari Chun, who was the only player to shoot even-par or better throughout all three rounds, and posted a low score of 218 (75, 71, 72), which was four strokes ahead of the competition. Stanford coach Caroline O'Connor attributed her team's dominant play by her players' ability to finish their rounds strong.

'I think in the last three holes we got better every day,' O'Connor said. 'One of the things we talked about was getting off to a good start after the first day. But today, for sure, we talked about putting up good scores in the last six holes. I think generally speaking we started off really well and faltered, but we were able finish it out.'

Stanford, which was ahead of second place Oregon by just two strokes, shot a tournament best 299 in the final to distance itself.

'I feel at least for myself that I had individual goals and in that respect I felt like if I achieved my own personal goals my results would produce what we wanted and I'm sure the team felt the same way,' Chun said. 'We were thinking about `let's see what we can get back from the course' rather than, `let's see where we match up with our opposing teams.''

Posting the field's second best score on Wednesday was the Huskies, who finished third with a score of 922 (310, 310, 302).

'I think that realistically speaking, third was a goal for us on the last day after we looked at the scoreboard,' said Washington coach Mary Lou Mulflur. 'It's disappointing to get third because you always want to win, but I'm proud of them for what they did on the final day.

Rounding out the top five were San Francisco and California, which both shot a 927. Following Chun in the individual standings were Idaho's Kayla Mortellaro (74, 73, 75, 222), and San Francisco's Danielle Cvitanov (79, 72, 74), Washington's Karinn Dickinson (74, 79, 73), Oregon's Monika Graf (73, 78, 75) and Long Beach State's Kay Hoey (74, 71, 81) tied for third with a score of 226 apiece.

Dickinson was the Huskies' leader throughout the tournament and Mulflur said her offseason work on her short game was the reason why.

'You can tell she worked really hard on chipping and putting,' Mulflur said. 'She has the length and the temperament for this level, but that work she is putting into the short game is what will see her go from a good player to a great player.'

Mulflur was particularly impressed with her underclassmen, such as sophomore Anya Alvarez, who finished tied for 10th place with a score of 228.

'It's improvement,' Mulflur said. 'It gives these guys an idea about where they are at and what they are capable of.'

Next up on the Dawgs' schedule is the Stanford Intercollegiate Sept. 17-19 at Stanford Golf Course in Palo Alto, Calif.

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