UW Women's Golf Kicks Off Spring
Feb. 19, 2009
PUERTO PENASCO, MEXICO -- The Huskies are set to tee off on the 2009 spring season playing against a highly-touted field on Sunday at the Peninsula Golf Club in Mexico.
Ten of the 18 teams in the 2009 Wildcat Invitational are ranked in the top 25, including the top three teams in the country, according to Golfweek. The University of Washington, which is ranked No. 33, will be looking to feed off the momentum it gained at the end of the fall season with a fifth-place finish tat the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown. Leading the way is Huskies sophomore Anya Alvarez, who is No. 42 among college golfers, and finished first for the Huskies in two of their three fall tournaments. Behind Alvarez is freshman Sadena Parks, sophomores Karinn Dickinson and Katie Saucier and junior Molly Aronsson.
The young Husky team will compete against a field that includes: Arizona State (No. 1), USC (2), UCLA (3), Oklahoma State (6), Duke (8), Denver (13), Pepperdine (14), California (19), Stanford (20), Oregon (24), Arizona, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Tennessee, Tennessee-Chattanooga, Tulsa, Tulane and UNLV.
The Penninsula Golf Club is a lengthy course, featuring a par-72, 7,210-yard stretch. The Huskies have played at the Wildcat Invitational in four of the past six years.
Alvarez will be looking for her third top-10 finish of the 2008-09 season. She finished 10th at the Huskies' home event, the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational, and fourth at the Las Vegas Showdown.