Women's Golf Heads To New Zealand

Sept. 11, 2009

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Seattle -- The University of Washington women's golf team will be travelling to New Zealand from Sept. 12-25 for both an educational and golf-filled trip. The entire team, coaches Mary Lou Mulflur and Andrea VanderLende, and accompanying professor John Webster, will be playing nine courses in the southern hemisphere over 11 days--all on New Zealand's North Island.

Not only will the Students-Athletes be playing golf, they will be studying under the watchful eye of Professor Webster and receive University credit. They will be writing both while playing the courses in New Zealand and after they return to Seattle. Leading up to the trip, the students have been researching and writing about the country beyond just the courses they play.

VanderLende will be submitting blog reports and photos during the excursion, so return to GoHuskies.com and the Women's Golf Blawg and the UW Women's Golf Facebook page for reports as they are filed from overseas.

Here is some more information about the group participating in the overseas trip.

The Team:
Washington returns its top five players from the 2008-09 season, which saw the Huskies finish 10th at the NCAA Central Regional. The Huskies have five players from the state of Washington on their roster, and one each from California, Oklahoma, Vermont and Ontario, Canada. The top returnee for the UW is junior Anya Alvarez (Jenks, Okla.), who had a 74.8 stroke average last season and set a school record low three-round total of 203 (68-66-69).

Mary Lou Mulflur is entering her 27th year as head coach at the University of Washington. She has led the Huskies to the NCAA's in 12 of the last 13 seasons and has coached 24 All-Scholar athletes during her time. Andrea VanderLende joined the UW this past July. She is a former All-American golfer from the University of Florida and appeared in the Golf Channel's Big Break X.

Professor John Webster:
John Webster is an Associate Professor of English and is one of the UW Distinguished Teaching Award Recipients. The class that the Student-Athletes are participating in is part of a larger partnership with the UW Honors Program and Undergraduate Academic Affairs. Several other Husky teams (Men's Basketball trip to Greece, Women's Soccer trip to Brazil) have participated in similar foreign trips.

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