Top Husky Moments Of 2009: Women's Golf Alums Shine

Dec. 29, 2009

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Top Husky Moments Of 2009: Women's Golf Alums Shine

Paige Mackenzie was one of three Huskies to play in the LPGA's CN Canadian Open in September.

For the last several years, former Husky women's golfers Paige Mackenzie and Louise Friberg represented their former University proudly on the LPGA. Friberg (2000-03) even went on to win an event in 2008, while Mackenzie (2002, 2004-06) was one of the most improved professionals on the Tour in 2009.

The only thing better than two Huskies on the LPGA Tour is three Huskies on the Tour. For one weekend in early September, that came to fruition when Amber Prange (2004-07) earned a sponsor's exemption and participated in the CN Canadian Women's Open with Friberg and Mackenzie.

While Friberg and Prange failed to make the cut in the tournament, Mackenzie was able to represent the Dawgs well with a 33rd place finish and $17k payday. Although things didn't turn out with a 1-2-3 Husky finish, it is a source of pride that three UW grads were all on the links at the highest level on the same weekend. Mackenzie would ultimately have her best season as a professional, winning $140,671 and making the cut in 10 of 16 events.

Mackenzie, Prange and Friberg weren't the only Husky alums making coach Mary Lou Mulflur proud in the golf world. Kelli Kamimura (1999-2002) was named the head coach at Washington State University, while Nancy (Kessler) McDaniel (1985-88) continues to shine at California, including a win at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational this October at Sahalee Country Club.

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