Husky Golfers Score Better in Second Round of Play

May 19, 2004

Auburn, AL - The 12th-ranked Washington women's golf team rebounded to post a second-round score of 10-over 298 at the 2004 NCAA Championships at the Lake Course at Grand National in Auburn, Ala. Due to the threat of lighning late in the afternoon round, play was suspended with 12 teams still on the course. The Huskies were in 19th place at 27-over 603 and could move up several more spots when the second round concludes early Thursday. Play will resume at 7 a.m. for the teams needing to complete their second round. The rest of the field will start third-round play as scheduled at 8 a.m. local time. Washington will tee off at 8 a.m. from the 10th tee. The Huskies will be paired with Texas A&M and Baylor.

Texas A&M and Baylor are among the teams still playing when the tournament was suspended. They were tied for 20th at 28-over, one stroke behind the Huskies.

Of the teams that completed their rounds, UCLA owns a one-stroke lead at 4-under 572. Top-ranked Duke is second at 573 while Vanderbilt finished their second round at 6-over 582. California completed 36 holes at 15-over 591, USC was at 17-over 593, Stanford at 23-over 599. Arizona and Florida State were tied at 602, just one stroke ahead of the Huskies. North Carolina was at 604 followed by UNLV at 607 and Michigan State at 612.

In medalist play, UCLA's Susie Mathews used a second-round 69 to lead the field at 4-under 140. Vanderbilt's Sarah Jacobs was second at 141.

While the Huskies improved their team score by seven strokes over their first-round effort, big scores again prevented them from making a significant climb on the leaderboard. Washington entered Wednesday's play in 18th place after starting the tourament with a 305.

'Again, the big numbers just killed us,' said Husky coach Mary Lou Mulflur. 'We just need to find a way to keep away from the big number. I think we scored eight shots that were double and triple bogie yesterday and five today. Counting 13 shots is a lot. That would have put us in a much better position without doing anything else. We're close. We're just not quite there. We're not all clicking at the same time. Hopefully Thursday we'll get it turned around and get everybody going.'

Husky freshman Amber Prange led Washington by posting an even-par round of 72. Prange opened the tournament with an 8-over 80 and was in 105st place entering Wednesday's round. She carded 12 pars, three birdies and three bogies during her second tour of the Grand National course. She admitted to be more comfortable during the second round of her first NCAA Championship.

'Tuesday, the first six holes I was more nervous than I had been all year,' said the freshman from Noblesville, Ind. 'My putting hurt me. I hit 16 greens and shot 80. Normally if I hit 16 greens I'm shooting par or better.

'I had 39 putts yesterday, which I haven't had all year, and I went to 26 putts today. The up-and-downs were there when I needed them. I was hittingthe fairways. I was just going at things more and taking more risks. If I didn't get them, I would make it up with an up-and-down.'

Prange, playing in the number-five spot for the Huskies, was in the threesome directly behind her older sister Ashley, a senior at North Carolina. Like her younger sibling, she also shot 72 during the second round.

'It was pretty cool to be behind her,' Prange said. 'She would look back to see where I was hitting and I was keeping an eye on her.'

Sophomore Sung Ea Lee was Washington's second best scorer, carding a 1-over 72 after posting a 76 to open the tournament.

'I felt like I had nothing to lose,' Lee said. 'If I was going to go long, well then it was going long. I was more aggressive and closer to the hole today. That gave me a lot more chances for birdies.

'It was nice to see Amber (Prange) come back from a tough day yesterday,' Mulflur said. 'She did not hit the ball that well, but she ends up shooting even. Sung came in with a nice solid round and she was all over the hole today. She really had a lot of chances.

Mackenzie suffered through her worst postseason NCAA tournament round. Her troubles started on the par-3 third hole when her drive went left into a hazard. She left her drop shot short of the green and finshed the hole with a six. She then picked up three more bogies and finihed the front nine at seven-over par. The Husky sophomore managed the back nine much better, finishing with a 6-over 78.

'It is so unusual for Paige to have two big hole scores like that,' Mulflur said. 'She's a tough player and won't let it bother her. She'll bounce back just fine.'

Morgan posted a 3-over 75 on Wednesday, improving on her opening round of 78. This is her fourth consecutive trip to the national tournament. Freshman Ashley Bickerton suffered through a tough round finishing at 85. She opened play with a 78.

'We were more aggressive today, but we still left ourselves short too many times,' Mulflur said. 'We definitely fired at the pins more. Now it is just a matter of fine tuning our distance so that when we do go at the pin we are at it and not short of it with a 30-footer.'

The Huskies have shown a knack for rallying in tournament play this season. The team shot a third-round school record score of 3-under 285 at the NCAA West Regional on the final day of play to pull off a fourth-place finish.

'I don't see any reason why we cannot shoot under par,' Mulflur said. 'Amber has shot even. Page was just over yesterday and Sung was right there today. Both Lindsay and Ashley are also both capable of doing that. We need to put together a really solid round tomorrow and make our move. We've done that more than once on the third day of a tournament this year.'

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