Husky Women Tee Off At Regional

May 7, 2009

The 45th-ranked Huskies hit the links for the NCAA Central Regional at the Scarlett Course, on the Ohio State Campus, April 6-9, for the first time since finishing ninth at the Pac-10 Championship a week ago. Washington was 17th at the 2008 Central Regional, and have made a regional tournament in 15 of the last 16 years, dating back to their inception in 1993.

What's on the Line
The top eight teams and top two individuals not on a top-eight team from the Central Regional will advance to compete in the NCAA Championship hosted by Georgetown University at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owing Mills, Md. The Huskies will be aiming to advance to their seventh NCAA Championship in the past 10 years.

The Field
The 21-team field is as follows in order of seed: No. 2UCLA, No. 4 Oklahoma State, No. 9 Purdue, No. 6 Wake Forest, No. 18 Louisville, No. 19 Kent State, No. 23 Michigan State, No. 27 Ohio State, No. 24 Stanford, No. 22 New Mexico, No. 29 Georgia State, No. 33 Notre Dame, No. 30 North Carolina State, No. 45 Washignton, No. 44 Kentucky, No. 46 Chattanooga, No. 49 Michigan, Harvard, Illinois State, Murray State and Farleigh Dickinson. The top eight teams and two individuals will advance to the NCAA Championship at the Caves Valley Golf Club in Owing Mills, MD.

Huskies at NCAA Regionals
Washington has missed playing at a regional just one year since thier inception in 1993. Last year, the Huskies finished 17th out of 21-team field to miss a spot in the NCAA Championship. Washington's best finish at a regional is third, which happened in 2006 -- arguably golf's best season at Washington -- when the Huskies shot a school-best 288-303-297-888 and Paige Mackenzie was medalist. Mackenzie and Dodie Mazzuca (1997) are UW's two regional medalists.

Husky Lineup
The Huskies will stick with the lineup they have used for the past month, which includes Molly Aronsson, Christina Yoon, Sadena Parks, Anya Alvarez and Karinn Dickinson. The lineup reflects the placing off the Huskies during the Lady Gator Invitational, when Aronsson tied for runner-up, shooting a 74-72-78 224. This lineup has produced the most consistant results for the Dawgs, resulting in a pair of fourth-place finishes and a third-place finish.

Good Things at Scarlett
The Huskies may have an advantage over many of the teams at this week's regional, as they have played the Scarlett Course once already with postive results. Along with Kent State, Michigan State, the host Ohio State and Illinois, the University of Washington participated in the 15-team Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational April 18-19. The Huskies had a pair of players finish in the top 13 with Anya Alvarez in third (71-78-71 220) and Molly Aronsson in 13th (74-76-79 229). The Huskies finished in third place, shooting 302-308-301 911. The only teams besting the Dawgs at the invitational were the two that outranked them, Ohio State and Kent State.

Young Huskies
One of the attributes of coach Mulflur's 2009 squad is the youth. Without a senior on the competitive roster, this same group of Huskies has made their second consecutive trip to a regional. Made up of primarily juniors and sophomores, the Huskies will look to rebound off an uncharacteristic 9th-place finish at the Pac-10 Championship. Before that, coach Mulflur praised her team's improvement over the previous four tournaments, as they placed inside the top four in three of them.

Alvarez Continues Solid Play
Anya Alvarez continues to lead the Huskies. The sophomore from Jenks, Okla., and Pac-10 Honorable Mention recipiant, has consistently been the lowest scoring Washington golfer. She has been as reliable as possible for the Dawgs, as she has been the Huskies' lowest scorer since coming to Washington. Her season stroke average of 74.37 tops UW's golfers by more than a stroke per 18 holes. She has finished in the top 10 four times this season and been the Huskies' No. 1 finisher in six of nine tournaments.

Aronsson Coming On
Junior Molly Aronsson has come on strong for the Huskies during April. Last month, Aronsson was the Huskies' top finisher in two of three tournaments, including three top-20 finishes, which included a runner-up performance at the Lady Gator Invitational, which was the highest finish for any Husky golfer this season.

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