Pepperdine Rallies to Claim Ihlanfeldt Title
Oct. 12, 2005
Sammamish, WA - Pepperdine overcame a six-shot lead by Arizona State to win its first Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational held at Sahalee Country Club. The second-ranked Waves took advantage of Carolina Llano's final round 4-under 68 to topple the ninth-ranked Sun Devils by a single stroke. Pepperdine won the 54-hole tournament with a 27-over score of 891, including a 2-over 290 during Wednesday's final round.
Arizona State, which shot 9-over 297 during the final day of competition, did not go away empty handed. Sun Devil freshman Jennifer Osborn posted a final-round 73 to take medalist honors by two shots at 1-under 215. Southern California's Irene Cho fired a tournament best 67 to make the stroke play race interesting. She was the runner-up at 217.
Osborn entered the final round with a commanding five-shot lead over UNLV's Da Sol Chung. Chung posted a 77 to fall back into a tie for seventh place.
'This is really special to me and I'm very proud of our team's effort,' said Pepperdine coach Laurie Gibbs. 'I played in this tournament, so it was nice to also win it.'
Afterwards Gibbs presented assistant coach Kelli Kamimura the championship trophy. Kamimura played for host Washington from 1999 to 2002.
Pepperdine saw three of its players post top-five finishes led by Leanne Bowditch's third-place showing at 221. Llano was fourth at 222 and Eileen Vargas tied for fifth at 223. Stephanie Gelleni was 14th at 227 while Marina Choi shot 233 to paldce 28th.
Pepperdine's victory was the first ever by the Waves in the 24-year history of the Ihlanfeldt Invitational. Osborn's victory marked the first time a Sun Devil had finished first at the event.
Thanks to Cho's hot play, USC rallied for a third-place finish at 909. UNLV was fifth at 915 and Arizona was fifth at 918.
Washington slipped back to a ninth-place tie with Oregon after shooting 313 during the final round. The eighth-ranked Huskies' three-day total was 66-over 930. Washington played the event without senior All-American who is competing in The Spirit International Amateur Championships in Houston.
Washington was led by junior Courtney McCracken who tied for 12th at 10-over 226. She shot 72 during the final day, the best single-round score of any Husky. UW's Sung Ea Lee was 33rd at 234 while Amber Prange placed 43rd at 236. Amy Wang was 45th at 237 and Kim Shin shot 243 to finish 56th. Ashley Bickerton, competing as an individual, was 46th at 238.
Washington plays at the Stanford Invitational Oct. 21-23 in its next fall tournament.
Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational
Sahalee Country Club
Par 72, 6,192 yards
Team Results 1. Pepperdine 294-307-290-891 2. Arizona State 300-295-297-892 3. USC 312-304-293-909 4. UNLV 306-301-308-915 5. Arizona 302-314-302-918 6. Stanford 300-317-306-923 7. Long Beach State 306-309-310-925 8. California 311-315-302-928 9. Washington 308-309-313-930 9. Oregon 313-312-305-93011. BYU 306-325-317-94812. Washington State 318-321-314-95312. Oregon State 315-316-322-95314. San Francisco 327-316-318-961
Individual Leaders 1. Jennifer Osborn, Arizona State 73-69-73-215 2. Irene Cho, USC 75-75-67-217 3. Leanne Bowditch, Pepperdine 74-75-72-221 4. Carolina Llano, Pepperdine 73-81-68-222 5. Elena Kurokawa, UNLV 77-73-73-223 5. Eileen Vargas, Pepperdine 73-77-73-223 7. Da Sol Chung, UNLV 72-75-77-223 7. Jenni Tangtipaiboontana, Stanford 72-76-76-224 9. Lauren Espinosa, Arizona 74-78-73-224 9. Ana Kostina, Washington State 75-77-73-225 9. Azahara Munoz, Arizona State 75-74-76-22512. Courtney McCracken, Washington 80-74-72-22612. Mika Takayama, California 76-76-74-22614. Stephanie Gelleni, Pepperdine 74-76-77-22715. Alissa Kuczka, Arizona State 77-77-74-22815. Tiffany Tavee, Arizona State 75-79-74-22815. Grace Woo, UNLV 78-73-76-228
Washington Scores12. Courtney McCracken 80-74-72-22633. Sung Ea Lee 75-80-79-23443. Amber Prange 78-76-82-23645. Amy Wang 75-79-83-23756. Kim Shin 82-81-80-24346. Ashley Bickerton* 77-79-82-238* Playing as individual