UW Women Golfers Head to Stanford

April 10, 2001

COMING UP: The Washington women's golf team, paced by the play of junior Kelli Kamimura, will defend its championship this week at Stanford's Peg Barnard Collegiate tournament, April 13-14. The tournament will be played at the par-72, 6,154-yard Stanford Golf Course. In addition to Washington and Stanford, the 11-team field includes California, CSU-Monterey Bay, Oregon, Long Beach State, San Diego State, Nevada, Northern Arizona, San Francisco and Washington State. Teams will play 18 holes each day.

KAMIMURA STAYS HOT: Fresh from being named the Rolex national player of the month for March, Husky junior Kelli Kamimura turned in her third straigth top-five finish last week at the ASU Invitational. Kamimura shot 219 to tie for fifth place. Kamimura won medalist honors at San Jose State's Spartan Invitational on March 7. She shot a final-round of 66 to post a total score of 209. The victory was Kamimura's fourth career tournament victory, the most in Washington history. She had picked up her third tournament win the previous week to lead the Huskies to the team championship at the Bay Area Classic. Kamimura pieced together back-to-back rounds of 69 to win that tournament. She has now been Washington's top scorer in five of eight tournaments.

LAST YEAR'S RESULTS: Washington tied UCLA for top honors at the the 11-team California Collegiate at the Stanford Golf Course. The Huskies and UCLA both shot 602. The Huskies were led by Kelli Kamimura, who tied for second place with USC's Candie Kung with a score of 146. UCLA's Amanda Moltke-Leth won the tournament with a score of 144. The Huskies saw two other players record top-10 finishes. Elisha Au shot 150 to place seventh while Michelle Grafos turned in a score of 151 to tie for ninth place.

LAST TIME OUT: Washington junior Kelli Kamimura shot a 3-over 75 on the final day of play to finish fifth at the PING/Arizona State Invitationl with a score of 219. Kamimura began the final round just one stroke behind leader Lorena Ochoa of Arizona. Ochoa shot 74 during the final round to fall to third place. Stanford's Stephanie Keever shot a 3-under 69 during the final 18 holes to win the tournament with an even-par score of 216. The Huskies carded their best round of the tournament on the final day of play, shooting 300, to finish 13th overall with a score of 919. USC turned in the tournament's best round, 286, to win the event with a three-day score of 889, four strokes ahead of second-place Arizona State. For the first time during the tournament, all five Huskies players shot below 80 in the same round. Freshman Lindsay Morgan turned in a 74, her best 18-hole score, to finish the tournament tied for 28th with a score of 226. Louise Friberg finished 59th at 237, Elisha Au shot 239 to finish 62nd and Michelle Grafos shot 241 to finish 67. Freshman Bianca Clark, competing as an individual, was 59th at 237.

NEXT UP: Washington will participate at the Pac-10 Championships April 23-25 at Arizona State's Karsten Golf Course.

JENNY KAMMIMURA TRANSFERS TO WWU: Washington freshman golfer Jenny Kammimura has transferred to Western Washington University. She competed in four tournaments as a Husky, averaging 81.00 stokes per round. She is the younger sister of Husky All-American Kelli Kammimura, a junior on the Husky team.

UW TO HOST NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP IN 2002: The NCAA has awarded Washington the 2002 NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship. The four-day tournament will be held at the University Course of the recently opened Washington National Golf Course in Auburn. Specific dates for the tournament have not been assigned, but it will be held in late May of 2002. The 2002 NCAA Championship will be the 22nd national championship sponsored by the NCAA in women's golf. It marks the first time Washington has played host to an NCAA women's national championship since the women's Final Four was played in Tacoma in 1989. The last NCAA championship hosted by the University was the men's basketball Final Four in 1995. This year's NCAA Championship is hosted by Stetson University and the Orlando Sports Commission at Mission Inn Golf and Tennis Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. The tournament will take place from May 23-26. Last year's NCAA Championship, won by Arizona, was played at the Sun River Resort in Sun River, Ore.

ABOUT THE COACH: Head Coach Mary Lou Mulflur is in her 18th season at the helm of Husky women's golf. She has been named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year twice, most recently following the 1998-99 season, in which she led the Huskies to a sixth place Pac-10 finish and a spot in the NCAA West Regional. Mulfur received the award for the first time in 1988 after directing the squad to a best-ever third-place conference finish. Mulflur looks to lead the Washington back to an NCAA appearance after a two-year absence.

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