UW Women's Golfers Open at New Mexico
Sept. 25, 2002
Seattle - The Washington women's golf team opens its 2002-2003 season at New Mexico's 24th annual Comcast - Dick McGuire Invitational Sept. 26-28. The 54-hole tournament will be played at the par-73, 6,069-yard UNM Championship Golf Course. Tee times start at 8:30 a.m. MT on Thursday and Friday and at 8 a.m. on Saturday.
The 19 team field includes: Arizona State, Baylor, BYU, Colorado State, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Northern Arizona, Oklahoma, Pepperdine, San Diego State, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Christian, Texas Tech, Tulsa, UNLV, UTEP, Washington and Wyoming.
Last year New Mexico won the team title while Texas Tech's Stephanie Dukes took medalist honors.
Washington enters its first tournament of the season with a lineup that includes four of five golfers who competed for the Huskies at last year's NCAA Championships. GolfDigest ranks the Huskies 23rd in its preseason rankings. The Huskies are not yet included in GolfWeek's rankings since that poll is based on tournament play.
Three Washington golfers are among the top-60 in Golfweek's preseason ranking based on their 2002 final standings. Senior Louis Friberg was ranked 52nd last year by GolfWeek, but heads into her final season at UW ranked 35th among returning players. Lindsay Morgan, ranked 78th last season, is 55th in Golfweek's preseason poll. Paige Mackenzie, ranked 85th last year, was 60th in the poll.
When husky head coach Mary Lou Mulflur, in her 20th year as Washington's head coach, announced the lineup for UW's first fall tournament, Mackenzie was seeded first followed by Friberg, Morgan, freshman Sung Ea Lee and senior Michelle Grafos.
Mackenzie helped the Huskies to a 20th-place finish at last year's NCAA Championships, placing 25th overall. She was the sixth highest finisher among Pac-10 competitors. She was third on the UW squad last year with a stroke average of 75.71. Friberg led the UW team with a 74.91 stroke average while Morgan was second at 75.62.
Rank Team Points
1. Duke (8) 318 2. Auburn (4) 306 3. Arizona (1) 271 4. Florida 247 5. Pepperdine 227 6. Georgia 225 7. Texas 221 8. Southern California 211 9. Vanderbilt 20510. Oklahoma State 18811. UCLA 17212. Ohio State 16113. California 15914. Arizona State 15215. Stanford 14616. Tulsa 13917. South Carolina 13718. Wake Forest 12319. Oklahoma 11020. Michigan State 8121. Tennessee 7722. Purdue 6123. Washington 5724. TCU 3025. Kent 2825. New Mexico 28