Women's Golf Preview: Part 1
Feb. 4, 2010
SEATTLE - For Mary Lou Mulflur and her Husky women's golf team, the 2009-10 season presents something that is rare in college athletics: stability. Sure, the UW team has had 27 years of consistency with Mulflur at the helm, but year in and year out, the players come and go. Not this season.
Washington returns its top five golfers from 2009 and eight of nine overall, losing only Molly Boyle who played in two tournaments last season for the Dawgs. Besides, that, all names on the roster are the same; the lone exception being that Brittany Tallman, who redshirted as a freshman last season, is in the mix now.
'The only newbie we have is our assistant coach [Andrea Vander Lende], and the team has been great with her,' said Mulflur.
Mulflur's veteran team has just two seniors on the squad: Molly Aronsson and Christina Yoon. The duo has seen their share of ups and downs, but are poised to be valuable members of the team in their final season.
'They are both great kids,' says Mulflur. '[They're] good teammates to have around. Whether they are playing or not they are making sure that everybody else is doing what they need to do.'
Aronsson was second on the team in 2009 in stroke average at 75.83 and really made strides as the season wore on. She was able to record top-25 finishes in four of the last five tournaments, including a career-best second place finish at the Lady Gator Invitational. The one tournament she failed to crack the top-25 in her last five was at the NCAA Central Regional, where she was 27th.
This fall, Aronnson had a couple top-25 finishes, but faltered a little bit in the final two tournaments. After a winter to work on her game, Mulflur is confident that Aronsson will turn a new page.
'She's finally taken another step up with her game,' says Mulflur. 'I expect her to have a really good spring, a really good spring. In the first round of qualifying she shot five under. It's hard for her sometimes to not get too far ahead of herself because of what she wants to do, but I think if she can just stay in the present and pay attention to what she's doing right now, she'll be fine. She's motivated.'
Aronsson's classmate, Yoon, is motivated too. Sometimes though, her golf motivation has share the limelight with her schoolwork. Yoon, from Etobicok, Ontario, is a political science major and would like to enter law school once her undergraduate work is done. This fall and winter, her class schedule often conflicted with her practice schedule, and like a true student-athlete, the call of duty in the classroom rightfully wins out often.
'It's been tough for her,' says a very understanding Mulflur. 'Academically she's got some challenges that are preventing her from practicing a little bit. She's got classes in the afternoon and that has been difficult.
'I think that the stuff we did [mental game training with Vision 54] before we started practice really helped her as far as the message that it's not being the quantity of your practice but the quality of your practice. She understands that she shouldn't feel bad if she can't be there every minute.'
Check back later to read about the rest of the Husky golf team.