UPDATED: Huskies Burn Up Back Nine to Earn NCAA Berth

STANFORD, CA -- Any anxiety by the 12th-ranked Washington women's golf team about qualifying for the NCAA Championships disappeared quickly during the back nine of the final round at the West Regional Championship at Stanford. Washington posted a 3-under score of 285 Saturday to finish fourth and earn one of the regional's eight berths to the national championships hosted by Auburn May 18-21.

UCLA won the regional with a 54-hole total of 3-under 861. California was second at 868, Stanford was third at 883 and the Huskies finished fourth at 892. Washington's finish was the best ever by a Husky team at a regional.

Other teams qualifying from the regional included Georgia (900), Ohio State (901), Arizona State (908) and Texas (913). The Longhorns earned the final berth by winning a three-way playoff with Washington State and Oregon. Texas, played the playoff in 2-under, while Washington State was even and Oregon finished at 1-over.

'We certainly didn't do it the easy way,' said Husky coach Mary Lou Mulflur. 'I was really proud of the way they played today. They just kept battling. I told them they have always been successful on this golf course and that we could get it done. There is no question; they really stepped up today. And, you're talking about a lineup with two sophomores and two freshmen.'

The Huskies entered the final round in ninth place and were battling to stay in the top eight when they made the turn at 5-over par. Over the final nine holes Washington's golfers combined to post 14 birdies and the four scoring players finished at 8-under par.

Leading the charge was sophomore Paige Mackenzie, who shot a career-best 5-under 67 to finish seventh overall at 1-over 217. She had a 10-hole stretch where she posted seven birdies and one bogie. She completed her round with eight birdies and three bogies.

'I had not putted very well this week and once those putts started to fall, it just snowballed,' Mackenzie said. 'It's exciting to have this kind of round, but I'm more excited that the team qualified for nationals.'

Washington will be making its third appearance at the NCAA Championships in the last four years. Last season the Huskies placed 13th at the NCAA Regional. The Huskies were without Mackenzie last year. She was sidelined by a back injury.

'I'm really proud of Paige,' Mulflur said. 'She has really worked hard to come back from that injury. A year ago, we didn't even know if she would be playing again. Her performance was really awesome.'

Washington freshmen Amber Prange and Ashley Bickerton played key roles in the Husky rally. Both shot 2-under on the back nine. Bickerton, who carded an 82 during the second round, recorded five birdies and five bogies during her final round to shoot even-par 72. Prange finished at 1-over 73 along with sophomore Sung Ea Lee. Lindsay Morgan shot 77 during the final round.

Mackenzie finished the regional at 1-over 217 while Lee shot 5-over 221 to place 15th. Bickerton finished 45th at 229, Prange posted a 54-hole total of 230 and was 47th and Morgan finished 63rd at 234.

The Huskies' final round score of 285 was the program's best single-round score in postseason history and marked the best team effort in the third round of a tournament. Washington's team score was the best final round effort at any of the three NCAA regionals and figured as the second-best single-round total by any team in any round of NCAA play. UCLA's 282 during the first round of the West Regional was the only score lower than the number the Huskies posted Saturday.

Vanderbilt won the Central Regional title with a score of 893. Other teams that advanced from that site include: Arizona (902); Michigan Sate (906); Southern California (910); Baylor (915); Purdue (917); New Mexico (918) and Texas A&M (926).

Top-ranked Duke ran away with the East Regional title with a score of 859. Other teams advancing from the East included: UNLV (891); North Carolina (892), Florida State (904), Wake Forest (906); Furman (907); Tennessee (918). Oklahoma State (920) defeated Florida for the eight and final spot out of the East Regional.

Complete results of all three NCAA regional championships can be found at www.golfstat.com

NCAA West Regional Championship
Stanford Golf Course
Stanford, CA
Par 72, 6,159 yards

Team Results

 1  UCLA              282  292  286  861 2  California        290  289  289  868 3  Stanford          293  297  293  883 4  Washington        298  309  285  892 5  Georgia           304  298  298  900 6  Ohio State        303  302  296  901 7  Arizona State     312  298  298  908 8  Texas             306  296  307  913 8  Washington State  302  304  307  913 8  Oregon            305  303  305  91311  Denver            302  299  314  91512  Pepperdine        300  312  305  91713  Texas Tech        304  309  309  92213  Brigham Young     310  307  305  92215  San Jose State    311  308  305  92415  San Diego State   310  303  311  92417  San Francisco     308  313  311  93218  CSU-Northridge    310  305  321  93619  New Mexico State  318  305  317  94020  Portland State    320  308  315  94321  Oral Roberts      328  320  321  969

Washington Results 7 Paige Mackenzie 75 75 67 21715 Sung Ea Lee 72 76 73 22145 Ashley Bickerton 75 82 72 22947 Amber Prange 76 81 73 23063 Lindsay Morgan 80 77 77 234

Individual Leaders 1 Hannah Jun, UCLA 67-71-71-209 2 Allison Hanna, Ohio State 71-70-70-211 3 Charlotte Mayorkas, UCLA 70-72-72-214 3 Anna Temple, California 71-72-71-214 5 Elizabeth Allen, CSU-Northridge 72-71-72-215 6 Sarah Huarte, California 73-71-72-216 7 Paige Mackenzie, Washington 75-75-67-217 8 Ashley Gomes, San Jose State 70-75-73-218 8 Sophia Sheridan, California 74-73-71-218 10 Stephanie Lue, Stanford 72-72-75-219 11 Sofie Andersson, California 72-73-75-220 11 Heather MacRae, San Diego State 75-71-74-220 11 Susie Mathews, UCLA 72-76-72-220 11 Jenni Tangtiphaiboontana, Stan. 74-75-71-220 15 Kim Kolb, Texas Tech 72-73-76-221 15 Ana Kostina, Washington State 72-74-75-221 15 Sung Ea Lee, Washington 72-76-73-221 18 Carolina Llano, Pepperdine 73-76-73-222 18 Whitney Wade, Georgia 73-73-76-222 18 Kim Welch, Washington State 71-75-76-222 21 Devan Andersen, Texas 74-70-79-223 21 Emily Hoeper, Denver 73-75-75-223 21 Lauren Todd, Stanford 72-77-74-223 21 Gina Umeck, UCLA 73-79-71-223 25 Kim Kouwabunpat, Stanford 77-73-74-224 25 Johnna Nealy, Oregon 78-72-74-224 25 Sara Odelius*, Hawaii 74-72-78-224 25 Danelle Perata, Arizona State 79-71-74-224 25 Eileen Vargas, Pepperdine 74-76-74-224 30 Lisa Ferrero, Texas 77-74-74-225 30 Tai Kinney, San Jose State 77-74-74-225 30 Alissa Kuczka, Arizona State 75-75-75-225 30 Kristi Larsen, San Francisco 76-76-73-225 30 Krystal Shearer, UCLA 79-74-72-225 30 Jenna Wilson, San Diego State 78-72-75-225 30 Angela Won*, UC Irvine 76-75-74-225 37 Rachel Newren, Brigham Young 75-72-79-226 38 Jackie Beers, Georgia 79-74-74-227 38 Angela Rho, Stanford 75-78-74-227 38 Therese Wenslow, Oregon 74-79-74-227 41 Lindsay Knowlton, Ohio State 76-76-76-228 41 Rachel Kyono, Pepperdine 73-80-75-228 41 Natalia Nicholls, Georgia 78-75-75-228 41 Alyssa Otero, Denver 76-73-79-228 45 Ashley Bickerton, Washington 75-82-72-229 45 Kristen White, Ohio State 78-77-74-229 47 Amber Prange, Washington 76-81-73-230 47 Michelle Timpani, Oregon 79-74-77-230 49 Natalie Newren, Brigham Young 76-79-76-231 49 Janice Olivencia, Texas 79-76-76-231 51 Erin Andrews, Oregon 74-78-80-232 51 Kelly Froelich, Georgia 83-76-73-232 51 Lauren Gray*, Northern Arizona 81-74-77-232 51 Mariko Shimozaki, San Francisco 76-80-76-232 51 Erin Tone, Arizona State 77-78-77-232 51 Lehua Wise, New Mexico State 83-72-77-232 57 Charmaine Erasmus, Arizona St. 85-74-74-233 57 Jackie Ey, Texas Tech 77-81-75-233 57 Allyson Harvie, Ohio State 78-79-76-233 57 Megan Hull, Texas Tech 77-76-80-233 57 Inah Park, New Mexico State 78-76-79-233 57 Kate Waggoner, Denver 76-75-82-233 63 Margaret Gibby, Brigham Young 81-76-77-234 63 Lindsay Morgan, Washington 80-77-77-234 63 Sarah Tiller, Portland State 81-73-80-234 66 Shayna Miyajima, San Diego St. 77-78-80-235 66 Stephanie Parsley, Washington St. 80-76-79-235 66 Toni Pyrum, Oral Roberts 79-74-82-235 66 Danielle Reilly, Portland State 77-77-81-235 66 Lisa Tyler, Georgia 74-83-78-235 66 Emma Wahlgren, CSU-Northridge 78-79-78-235 72 Nikki Jacoby, San Francisco 77-78-81-236 72 Nicole Newren-Chandler, BYU 79-80-77-236 72 Mariana Salazar, Texas 78-76-82-236 72 Tiffany Tavee, Arizona State 81-80-75-236 76 Claire Dury, California 82-77-78-237 76 Alexis Edwards, Brigham Young 80-82-75-237 76 Maria Kostina, Washington State 80-79-78-237 76 Alex Lee, New Mexico State 77-79-81-237 76 Jeana Lee, Portland State 80-82-75-237 76 Jay Lee Longbottom, Washington St. 79-80-78-237 76 Sheila Mendez, Texas Tech 78-80-79-237 76 Jennie Peek, Denver 83-76-78-237 84 Perry Swenson, Texas 77-79-82-238 85 Jordan Auten, San Francisco 79-79-81-239 85 Amanda Fisher, Oral Roberts 80-83-76-239 85 Rebecca Randolph, Portland State 82-78-79-239 85 Sara Silva, Denver 77-78-84-239 85 Leslie Wall, Texas Tech 80-80-79-239 90 Devon Newell, New Mexico State 82-78-80-240 91 Carmina Calle, San Jose State 83-77-81-241 92 Dana Je, Ohio State 79-86-77-242 92 Lindsey Marino, San Jose State 81-82-79-242 92 Kelly Zerson, CSU-Northridge 79-76-87-242 95 Courtney Clark, Pepperdine 80-80-83-243 96 Sandy Kim, San Diego State 80-83-82-245 96 Johanna Lundberg, San Jose State 84-82-79-245 96 Kimberly McCready, Oregon 81-83-81-245 99 Toni Lutz, San Diego State 81-82-84-247 99 Candice Satow, Oral Roberts 87-79-81-247101 Alexis Arnold, CSU-Northridge 81-82-85-248101 Lilia Maeda, Oral Roberts 82-84-82-248103 Lisa Kajihara, Portland State 86-80-83-249104 Kathy Pareja, CSU-Northridge 85-79-86-250105 Danielle Roseberry, New Mexico St. 81-83-87-251106 Maria C. Arenas, Pepperdine 81-85-86-252107 Kristin Nichols, San Francisco 81-94-82-257108 Ashley Mushunkashey, Oral Roberts 95-89-93-277

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