Husky Golfers in 18th Place at NCAAs

May 18, 2004

Auburn, AL - The 12th-ranked Washington women's golf team turned in an opening round score of 17-over 305 and stands in 18th place at the NCAA Championships at the Grand National in Auburn, Ala. Washington was led by sophomore Paige Mackenzie, who used a birdie on her final hole to post a 1-over 73. Mackenzie stands 18th on the leaderboard and is four strokes behind Ohio State's Allison Hanna.

Oklahoma State shot even-par 288 to grab the first-round lead. The 10th-ranked Cowgirls were led by Karin Sjodin who shot 1-under 71. Top-ranked Duke and UCLA, the West Regional champion, trail Oklahoma State by one stroke. Ohio State is fourth at 8-over 296. USC, the defending NCAA champion, is 20th at 19-over 307. Only six strokes separate the teams between eighth and 20th place.

With the exception of a pair of par three holes, the Huskies had a solid first day of play. Starting on the back nine, the Huskies cruised through their opening holes before faltering on the par three 15th hole. A 160-shot over water, Washington's four scoring players played the hole at 5-over par. Washington made the turn at 10-over.

'We just stumbled on the par threes,' said Husky coach Mary Lou Mulflur. 'Other that that we played pretty good for the first day. Nobody gave up. They kept fighting and clawing. It's a four-day tournament, so we've got some time to get some things back. If we can hit a couple of better shots then we might finish at 296 or 297 instead of 305.

'That (par three play) is unusual for this team. We just need to do a better job and be a little more confident. It's not like the holes are 190 yards over water. They were 150, 160-yard shots. Those should not be tough shots for us. Play backed up there and they had to wait and watch poor shot after poor shot. From now on I'll tell them not to watch. Just turn the other way and concentrate on what you have to do.'

Sophomore Sung Ea Lee is in 58th place at 4-over 76. Senior Lindsay Morgan and freshman Ashley Bickerton are tied at 83 at 6-over 78. Amber Prange is 105th at 80.

'I had a lost ball and three three-putts and wound up shooting one over,' Mackenzie said. 'I knew coming in and possibly shooting 74 did not portray how I felt I played today, so it was good to finish with a birdie.'

Mackenzie is one of just two Huskies to have previous experience at the NCAA Championships. She placed 25th in 2002 during her freshman season when the event was held at Washington National Golf Club. She feels the Huskies have plenty of room for improvement.

'As a team I know we're disappointed in how far over par we are,' Mackenzie said. 'We're also a team that likes to rally, so I don't think anyone is too worried about it. There's three rounds left and anything can happen.'

'We don't mind coming from behind,' Lee said. 'We sort of have the attitude that we don't really have anything to lose. We have three more days to go, so we'll see how it goes.'

This year marks Washington's sixth appearance at the NCAA Championships. The team's previous best finish was 16th in both 1995 and 2001.

'We did not shoot ourselves out of it today,' Mulflur said. 'I think we need to be a little more aggressive in the second round. We need to get the ball to the hole a little bit more. A lot of the three putting we had was a result of not putting ourselves in a good position on the green.'

Washington started its round at 1:20 and before all of the players could get on the course play was halted for 39 minutes to the threat of lighting in the area. Mackenzie tapped in her three-foot birdie put just in the fading twilight of the day.

The Huskies will tee off at 8:50 a.m. Tuesday during the second round of play. The final round of play is scheduled for Friday.

NCAA Championships
Lake Course at Grand National
Auburn, AL
Par 72, 6,615 yards

Team Results

 1  Oklahoma State           E    288 2  Duke                    +1    289 2  UCLA                    +1    289 4  Ohio State              +8    296 5  Wake Forest            +10    298 5  Vanderbilt             +10    298 7  Baylor                 +11    299 8  Florida State          +13    301 9  Arizona                +14    302 9  Furman                 +14    302 9  Georgia                +14    302 9  Texas                  +14    302 9  Michigan State         +14    30214  Stanford               +15    30314  Tennessee              +15    30316  New Mexico             +16    30416  North Carolina         +16    30418  Washington             +17    30519  Texas A&M              +18    30620  Southern California    +19    30720  Purdue                 +19    30722  UNLV                   +20    30823  California             +21    30924  Arizona State          +22    310

Washington Results

 18  Paige Mackenzie      73 58  Sung Ea Lee          76 83  Lindsay Morgan       78 83  Ashley Bickerton     78105  Amber Prange         80

Individual Results

  1  Allison Hanna, Ohio State            -3   69  2  Alison Curdt, Florida State          -2   70  2  Allison Fouch, Michigan State        -2   70  2  Ashley Gomes*, San Jose State        -2   70  5  Beth Hermes, Purdue                  -1   71  5  Susie Mathews, UCLA                  -1   71  5  Virada Nirapathpongporn, Duke        -1   71  5  Karin Sjodin, Oklahoma State         -1   71  5  Gina Umeck, UCLA                     -1   71 10  Candy Herrera, Oklahoma State         E   72 10  Ashley Hoagland, Wake Forest          E   72 10  Sarah Jacobs, Vanderbilt              E   72 10  Brittany Lang, Duke                   E   72 10  Adrienne Millican*, East Carolina     E   72 10  Sunny Oh, UNLV                        E   72 10  Ashley Prange, North Carolina,        E   72 10  Mallory Underwood, Oklahoma State     E   72 18  Elizabeth Allen*, CSU-Northridge     +1   73 18  Irene Cho, Southern California       +1   73 18  Adrienne Gautreaux*, South Carolina  +1   73 18  Mandy Goins, WakeForest              +1   73 18  Leigh Anne Hardin, Duke              +1   73 18  Sarah Huarte, California             +1   73 18  Elizabeth Janangelo, Duke            +1   73 18  Paige Mackenzie, Washington          +1   73 18  Michaelyn Morgan, Baylor             +1   73 18  Violeta Retamoza, Tennessee          +1   73 18  Samantha Richdale*, Illinois State   +1   73 18  Krystal Shearer, UCLA                +1   73 18  Jessica Shepley, Tennessee           +1   73 18  Christa Spedding, Texas A&M          +1   73 18  Jenni Tangtiphaiboontana, Stanford   +1   73 18  Annie Thurman, Oklahoma State        +1   73 34  Chris Brady, Vanderbilt              +2   74 34  Lani Elston, Arizona                 +2   74 34  Meaghan Francella, North Carolina    +2   74 34  Elena Kurokawa, UNLV                 +2   74 34  Katrina Leckovic, New Mexico         +2   74 34  Alejandra Martin, Arizona            +2   74 34  Charlotte Mayorkas, UCLA             +2   74 34  Kelli McKandless, Baylor             +2   74 34  Mariana Salazar, Texas               +2   74 34  Onnarin Sattayabanphot, Purdue       +2   74 34  Josefin Svenningsson, Baylor         +2   74 34  Whitney Wade, Georgia                +2   74 46  Sofie Andersson, California          +3   75 46  Jackie Beers, Georgia                +3   75 46  Monique Gesualdi, Furman             +3   75 46  Anna Grzebien, Duke                  +3   75 46  Sarah Johnston, Furman               +3   75 46  Sarah Martin, Michigan State         +3   75 46  Janice Olivencia, Texas              +3   75 46  Theresa Paik, Furman                 +3   75 46  Ashley Rollins, New Mexico           +3   75 46  Perry Swenson, Texas                 +3   75 46  Kristen White, Ohio State            +3   75 46  Courtney Wood, Vanderbilt            +3   75 58  Kailin Downs, New Mexico             +4   76 58  Christine Hallstrom, WakeForest      +4   76 58  Dana Je, Ohio State                  +4   76 58  Hannah Jun, UCLA                     +4   76 58  Cassandra Kirkland, Arizona          +4   76 58  Lindsay Knowlton, Ohio State         +4   76 58  Alissa Kuczka, Arizona State         +4   76 58  Sung Ea Lee, Washington              +4   76 58  Angela Rho, Stanford                 +4   76 58  Lisa Tyler, Georgia                  +4   76 68  Rachel Bell, Southern California     +5   77 68  Jaclyn Burch, Florida State          +5   77 68  Laura Cross*, Southern Methodist     +5   77 68  Stephanie Lue, Stanford              +5   77 68  Catalina Marin, Southern California  +5   77 68  Deborah Means, WakeForest            +5   77 68  Nicole Melton, Texas A&M             +5   77 68  Natalia Nicholls, Georgia            +5   77 68  Katie Quinney, Florida State         +5   77 68  Carrie Sordel, Florida State         +5   77 68  Jenny Suh, Furman                    +5   77 68  Kristen Svicarovich, Vanderbilt      +5   77 68  Tiffany Tavee, Arizona State         +5   77 68  Lauren Todd, Stanford                +5   77 68  Erin Tone, Arizona State             +5   77 83  Ashley Bickerton, Washington         +6   78 83  Erica Blasberg, Arizona              +6   78 83  Holly Cantwell, Tennessee            +6   78 83  Lisa Ferrero, Texas                  +6   78 83  Meredith Jones, Baylor               +6   78 83  Kim Kouwabunpat, Stanford            +6   78 83  Caroline Larsson, Florida State      +6   78 83  Hwanhee Lee, UNLV                    +6   78 83  Beth Marushak, North Carolina        +6   78 83  Lindsay Morgan, Washington           +6   78 83  Brenda Norris, Texas A&M             +6   78 83  Ginny Potthoff, Texas A&M            +6   78 83  Anna Rehnholm, Baylor                +6   78 83  Heather Rose, Michigan State         +6   78 97  Teesha Ash, Tennessee                +7   79 97  Connor Atkinson, Furman              +7   79 97  Christine Fernandez, New Mexico      +7   79 97  Kelly Froelich, Georgia              +7   79 97  Golda Johansson, Tennessee           +7   79 97  Shannon Johnson, New Mexico          +7   79 97  Ann Marie Kersten, Michigan State    +7   79 97  Maria Stinson, Purdue                +7   79105  Devan Andersen, Texas                +8   80105  Tanya Dergal, Southern California    +8   80105  Claire Dury, California              +8   80105  Charmaine Erasmus, Arizona State     +8   80105  Mar Garcia, Arizona                  +8   80105  Romi Irons, North Carolina           +8   80105  Katie Miller, North Carolina         +8   80105  Amber Prange, Washington             +8   80113  Veronica Felibert, So. California    +9   81113  Sophia Sheridan, California          +9   81115  Lindsay Anderson, Arizona State     +10   82115  Dayna Burleigh, Michigan State      +10   82115  Allyson Harvie, Ohio State          +10   82115  Kyla Neal, Texas A&M                +10   82119  Myrte Eikenaar, Purdue              +11   83120  Caroline Haase, Purdue              +12   84120  Seema Sadekar, UNLV                 +12   84120  Anna Temple, California             +12   84123  Jessica Castle, WakeForest          +13   85123  Young Pak, UNLV                     +13   85125  Ashley Knoll, Oklahoma State        +14   86
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