Huskies Begin Fall Season Hosting Ihlanfeldt Invitational
Oct. 2, 2009
Edean Ihlanfeldt Tournament Central
SAMMAMISH, Wash. - The Washington women's golf team will make its 2009 fall debut hosting the 28th annual Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational at the par-72, 6,136-yard Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Wash., Monday, Oct. 5 through Wednesday, Oct. 7.
The tournament features a 54-hole format with 18 holes to be played each day. First round tee times on Monday begin at a 9 a.m., with second round action on Tuesday teeing off at 10:30 a.m. and the final round to start at 8 a.m., Wednesday. Live scoring of the event will be available at golfstat.com and tournament information can be found on GoHuskies.com at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Tournament Central page.
The 13-team field for this year's event includes six squads that are ranked in the top 50 of the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Ratings: No. 8 Pepperdine, No. 17 California, No. 24 Stanford, No. 33 Idaho, No. 38 Oregon and No. 45 San Jose State. Also in the field are No. 57 San Francisco, No. 80 BYU, No. 89 Long Beach State, No. 97 Washington State, No. 99 Oregon State and No. 107 New Mexico State. The host Huskies are unranked due to not playing in any tournaments in 2009.
Washington State [Kelli Kamimura] and California [Nancy (Kessler) McDaniel] are each coached by former Husky players.
Three players currently ranked in the top 25 of Golfweek's Individual ratings will also compete: Oregon's Kendra Little (No. 6), Pepperdine's Taylore Karle (No. 20) and Cal's Pia Halbig (No. 25).
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 have never won the team title at the Ihlanfeldt Invitational, but two Washington players have claimed medalist honors. Nancy Kessler won the individual title in 1987 and Dodie Mazzuca, on the strength of a final-round score of 65, tied Stanford's Andrea Baxter for medalist honors in 1996.
The Huskies' lineup for the tournament will include seniors Christina Yoon (Toronto, Ontario) and Molly Aronsson (Shelburne, Vt.), junior Anya Alvarez (Jenks, Okla.), sophomore Darcie Richmond (Bothell, Wash.) and redshirt-freshman Brittany Tallman (Issaquah, Wash.). UW will also have four individuals playing in the tournament: sophomore Sadena Parks (Tacoma, Wash.) and juniors Karinn Dickinson (Mukilteo, Wash.), Katie Saucier (Bainbridge Island, Wash.) and Nicole Ferrero (Lodi, Calif.).
Washington head coach Mary Lou Mulflur is entering her 27th year as the head coach at Washington. The team returns its entire starting lineup from the 2009 squad that finished 10th at the NCAA Regional Tournament. Alvarez led the team in stroke average as a sophomore (74.37).
Last year Stanford won the team title by 16 strokes over Oregon, led by senior Mari Chun who won medalist honors for the second time in her career. Only two of the 69 competitors managed rounds under par, including Chun who equaled a tournament-low 1-under 71 in the second round. It marked the sixth time Stanford won a team title at the Ihlanfeldt Invitational after claiming top honors in 1990, 1994, 1996, 1997 and 2006.
After their debut at the Ihlanfeldt Invitational, the Huskies will compete in three more fall tournaments - the Stanford Intercollegiate (Oct. 16-18), the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown (Oct. 26-28) and the Turtle Bay Resort College Invitational (Nov. 2-4). The traditional spring season starts for UW at the Peg Barnard Invitational (Feb. 12-13).