Arizona's Strong Finish Nets Ihlanfeldt Title

Oct. 8, 2003

Seattle - Arizona outdueled California and UCLA during the final nine holes of play to claim its first Edean Ihlanfelt Invitational title since 1991. The third-ranked Wildcats turned in a final round score of 304 at Sahalee Country Club to win the tournament by three strokes at 32-over 896. California, which held a one-stroke lead heading into the final round, tied UCLA for second at 899. Three-time defending champion USC was fourth at 914. Washington placed ninth at 930.

'I told the team in the van this morning that par on this course was a good score,' said Arizona coach Greg Allen. 'When the wind came up and it started to rain and the cedar needles were blowing around on the greens, I started believing that bogie was going to be a good score today. The course played really tough today, but our players hung in there and made a couple of big putts on 16 and 17 that were the difference.'

The Wildcats were led by Erica Blasberg, who tied USC's Irene Cho for medalist honors at 3-over 219. Blasberg shot 74 during the final round, which proved to be the second best score for the day. No player managed to break par Wednesday as occasional showers combined with gusty winds to challenge the field.

Blasberg played the Sahalee course even until the final two holes when she carded a double bogie on the 155-yard par-3 17th hole. That proved to be the Wildcats only miscue down the stretch. Mar Garcia managed par on the 16th hole and Whitney Welch knocked in a birdie on 17 to allow the Wildcats to complete the three finishing holes at even par and hold on for the win.

'Our goal this year is to be in every tournament coming into the final nine holes,' Allen said. 'We did that during our first tournament, but we were not as good at that in the second one. I thought we played ourselves back into that position yesterday. It has been a while since UA has won this tournament, so it is a good feeling.'

Cho was one of three players who shot 1-over 73 during the final round. San Francisco's Kristi Larsen also carded a 73 to move from up from 10th to third on the final round's leaderboard.

Washington, which shot 309, had moved all the way to fifth place before the Huskies finished their final two holes at four-over par.

'It was disappointing in terms of what we did today and where we finished overall,' said Husky coach Mary Lou Mulflur. 'I liked the way our freshmen performed this week and it was great to see Paige Mackenzie turn in our best finish.'

Mackenzie, playing in her first college tournament in 10 months due to a back injury, shot 74 during the final round to place 17th overall at 13-over 229. She opened the tournament with an 81 before posting back-to-back scores of 74.

Washington freshman Ashley Bickerton was 21st at 230 while classmate Amber Prange finished 34th at 234. Sung Ea Lee shot 238 and Lindsay Morgan did not break 80 during the week while posting a 245 score. Freshman Amy Wang, competing as a non-scoring player, shot 243 while fellow freshman Courtney McCracken completed her first tournament at 246. She was also a non-scoring player.

The Huskies return to the links Oct. 17-19 for the Stanford Intercollegiate tournament.

2003 Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational
Sahalee Country Club
Par 72, 5,953 yards

3rd Round Results

Team Results

 1  Arizona        299-293-304-896 2  California     285-306-308-899 2  UCLA           297-295-307-899 4  USC            293-308-313-914 5  Oregon         308-304-312-924 6  Stanford       304-312-309-925 7  San Francisco  305-311-311-927 8  UNLV           310-309-309-928 9  Washington     321-300-309-93010  Brigham Young  300-323-322-94511  Arizona St.    306-322-318-94612  Nevada         320-316-328-96412  Oregon St.     321-319-324-96414  Washington St. 316-319-341-97615  Long Beach St. 324-341-320-985

Individual Results

 1  Erica Blasberg         Arizona        76-69-74-219 1  Irene Cho              USC            70-76-73-219 3  Kristi Larsen          USF            75-73-73-221 4  Susie Matthews         UCLA           71-73-78-222 4  Anna Temple            California     70-72-80-222 4  Kim Welch              Washington St. 73-73-76-222 7  Sofie Andersson        California     69-77-77-223 7  Whitney Welch          Arizona        73-76-74-223 9  Bridget Dwyer          UCLA           77-71-76-224 9  Mar Garcia             Arizona        74-72-78-224 9  Charlotte Mayorkas     UCLA           72-75-77-22412  Erin Andrews           Oregon         76-73-76-22512  Rachel Bell            USC            71-74-80-22514  Stephanie Lue          Stanford       76-78-73-22715  Sarah Huarte           California     74-76-78-22815  Kimberly McCready      Oregon         76-75-77-22817  Paige Mackenzie        Washington     81-74-74-22917  Sunny Oh               UNLV           77-74-78-22917  Seema Sadekar          UNLV           79-76-74-22917  Tiffany Tavee          Arizona St.    81-74-74-22921  Ashley Bickerton       Washington     80-71-79-23021  Veronica Feilbert      USC            74-78-78-23021  Elena Kurokawa         UNLV           77-77-76-23021  Natalie Newren         BYU            74-77-79-23021  Lauren Todd*           Stanford       78-76-76-23026  Sophia Sheridan        California     72-82-77-23126  Mariko Shimozaki       USF            77-75-79-23128  Alana Condon           Nevada         76-76-80-23228  Claire Dury            California     75-81-76-23228  Lani Elston            Arizona        76-76-80-23231  Kelly Husted           Stanford       75-78-80-23331  J. Tangtiphaiboontana  Stanford       78-77-78-23331  Gina Umeck             UCLA           79-78-76-23334  Cassandra Kirkland     Arizona        80-76-78-23434  Amber Prange           Washington     78-75-81-23434  Erin Tone              Arizona St.    74-83-77-23437  Alexis Edwards         BYU            74-83-78-23537  Therese Wenslow        Oregon         76-78-81-23539  Jordan Auten           USF            73-83-80-23639  Hannah Jun             UCLA           77-76-83-23639  Johnna Nealy           Oregon         80-78-78-23642  Josefin Gustafsson     Arizona St.    73-83-82-23842  Sung Ea Lee            Washington     82-81-75-23842  Laura Skinner          Oregon St.     79-75-84-23842  Leah Whiting           Oregon St.     82-77-79-23842  Hayley Wilkinson       Long Beach St. 71-88-79-23847  Nikki Jacoby           USF            80-80-79-23947  Wendra Liang           Stanford       75-79-85-23949  Hwanhee Lee            UNLV           77-82-81-24050  Stephanie Parsley      Washington St. 74-78-89-24151  Margaret Gibby         BYU            80-82-80-24251  Rachel Newren          BYU            72-81-89-24251  Angela Rho             Stanford       82-82-78-24254  Amy Wang*              Washington     80-79-84-24355  Stephanie Hickerson    USC            78-80-86-24456  Kelly Ferris           Oregon St.     78-82-85-24556  Lindsay Morgan         Washington     82-80-83-24556  Michelle Timpani*      Oregon         76-82-87-24559  Erin Long              Nevada         82-78-86-24659  Courtney McCracken*    Washington     80-87-79-24659  Seiko Onoue            USC            82-82-82-24662  Melanie Furuta         Long Beach St. 89-78-80-24762  Erin LaPlaunt          Nevada         83-83-81-24762  Jay Lee Longbottom     Washington St. 82-79-86-24765  Beth Holtermann        Long Beach St. 80-87-81-24865  Alexandra Lucio        Oregon St.     82-86-80-24867  Beatriz Conti          Arizona St.    82-82-85-24967  Chandeni Gill          Nevada         88-80-81-24969  Nicole de Gennaro      Nevada         79-82-89-25069  N. Newren-Chandler     BYU            81-84-85-25071  A. Johannsdottir       USF            81-85-85-25172  Jess Carlyon           Oregon         84-86-84-25472  Tina Mabanta           UNLV           84-83-87-25474  Marie Louise Juul      Long Beach St. 89-88-80-25775  Lindsay Eide           Oregon St.     93-85-81-25976  Amanda Pentecost       Long Beach St. 84-89-91-26476  Rebekah Saxon  *       Oregon St.     82-89-93-26478  Heather O'Leary        Washington St. 87-89-90-26679  Lindsay Bogden         Washington St. 88-95-92-275-   Jamie Michaud          Arizona St.    78-94-WD

* Competing as non-scoring player.

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