UW Women Start Season With Ihlanfeldt Invite

Oct. 6, 2008

SAMMAMISH, Wash. -- The Huskies couldn't be happier to start their season with a home match, despite the tough field that the women's golf team will tee off against at the 27th Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational, held from Oct. 6-8 at Sahalee Country Club.

'I think everybody is excited to get going,' said Washington head coach Mary Lou Mulflur. 'We're in a good frame of mind and for our tournament, it's going to be about knowing the golf course. The more you play on it, the wider it gets.'

Sahalee is known for its long and narrow fairways that are lined with Evergreens.

The Huskies aren't just banking on their course knowledge to get them through the tough competition, however, they have skills that transfer particularly well on any course.

'We've got some players that can hit it very long, and I think that especially helps at Sahalee,' Mulflur said. 'And the freshmen fit right into that mold, with solid short games.'

Joining Washington at the annual event will be Brigham Young University, California, California Long Beach, Eastern Washington, Idaho, New Mexico State, Oregon, Oregon State, San Francisco, New Mexico and Washington State.

'It's a little bit of a different field than we're used to, but there are some great teams and golfers ready to play,' Mulflur said, referring to Eastern Washington and Idaho, both of which are newcomers to the tournament.

This year will feature another difficult field as three teams finished in the regular season top-25 standings. Stanford, which had the highest finish in the standings, was fifth and back with another solid squad, as well as BYU (17) and New Mexico (22).

'Stanford always has a great team, and New Mexico and BYU have some very good rosters right now,' Mulflur said.

But those aren't the only highlights coming into the match. Stanford (20) and New Mexico (23) are currently ranked in the NCAA coach's poll, but so is California, which is tied for 20th.

Some of the notable players include two sophomores that earned Pac-10 honorable mention honors as freshmen last season in Oregon's Cathryn Bristow and Washington State's Amy Eneroth.

9 a.m. (1st tee) Idaho, New Mexico, San Francisco 9 a.m. (10th tee) Eastern Washington, New Mexico State, Individuals 9:50 a.m. (1st tee) BYU, Washington State 9:50 a.m. (10th tee) Oregon, Long Beach State 10:30 (1st tee) Washington, Stanford 10:30 (10th tee) California, Oregon State

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