Huskies Place Sixth At Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational
Oct. 7, 2009
SAMMAMISH, Wash. - Washington shot a 27-over par 315 on Wednesday and placed sixth out of 13 teams in the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational at Sahalee Country Club.
Over three days, Washington shot a combined 75-over 939, five shots behind fifth-place San Jose State. The Huskies were playing in their first tournament since placing ninth at the NCAA Regionals to end the 2008-09 season.
'It's like I told the team when we finished, `It's October. It's not April or May,'' said Husky head coach Mary Lou Mulflur. 'We don't need to re-invent the wheel. We've got a lot of things we need to work on and we have three more events this fall to improve ourselves. I feel good about this group and we'll be okay.'
California was a first-time winner of the tournament, beating Stanford by 14 strokes after shooting a combined 33-over-par 897 during the three days. The Bears head coach, Nancy (Kessler) McDaniel, won the tournament as a player for Washington in 1987.
Junior Anya Alvarez was the Huskies' top finisher, tying for 10th at 12-over par 228. She shot a 7-over 79 in the final round.
San Jose State's Katrina Delen Briones won the individual title after shooting a 1-under 71 in the final round and 3-over 219 overall. She beat San Francisco's Natasha Podmore by one stroke.
Two Huskies competing as individuals were the next highest finishers for Washington. Karinn Dickinson tied for 17th at +15 (231) and Sadena Parks was tied for 20th at +17 (233). Dickinson shot a 6-over 78 while Parks shot an even par 72, the best round of the tournament by any one from the Washington contingent.
Parks began the final round tied for 36th but moved up 16 spots, thanks in large part to a much more consistent round. She countered four bogeys with four birdies to stay even on the final day.
'The first two days I was putting too much pressure on myself,' said the sophomore from Tacoma. 'Today I was just thinking about playing for myself. I never thought ahead. I thought hole-by-hole, shot-by-shot. The goal today was just to play within myself.'
Senior Molly Aronsson equaled Parks 20th place finish. She led all the players on the day whose scores counted toward the team total, carding a 3-over 75.
Sophomore Darcie Richmond also saved her best round for last, shooting a 4-over 76 on the final day to finish 27th overall. She had six bogeys and a double bogey during her round, but she also managed four birdies during the day - enough of a sign of improvement to believe better days are ahead for her and the rest of the team.
'I think this was a challenging course, especially since it was our first tournament,' said Richmond after completing her first collegiate tournament while competing for the team. 'We can only go better from here. It was a learning experience for all of us and we all know what we need to work on for rest of the season and I think it is only going to get better from here.'
The Huskies return to action next week, playing in the Stanford Intercollegiate from Oct. 16-18.
Husky Individual Results:
T10. Anya Alvarez, +12 (75-74-79-228)
T17. Karinn Dickinson*, +15 (80-73-78-231)
T20. Sadena Parks*, +17 (78-83-72-233)
T20. Molly Aronsson, +17 (79-79-75-233)
27. Darcie Richmond, +19 (81-78-76-235)
44. Brittany Tallman, +27 (75-83-85-243)
55. Katie Saucier*, +34 (82-86-82-250)
T52. Christina Yoon, +35 (82-83-86-251)
72. Nicole Ferrero*, +65 (97-92-92-281)
* competing as an individual