Surging Huskies Finish Fifth At Pac-10 Championships

April 21, 2010

EUGENE, Ore. -- The Washington Husky women's golf team combined to shoot an 8-over-par 296 in Wednesday's final round of the Pac-10 Championships and finished fifth, equaling the school's second-highest finish at the conference championships.

Washington entered the final day of action at Eugene Country Club 18 strokes behind California in the standings, but the Bears struggled with a +29 to open the door for the Dawgs. Washington finished at +42 (296-314-296-906), while Cal ended at +45. It marked the sixth time UW has finished fifth in the tournament and the first time since 2002. Arizona shot an even-par 288 in the final round to win the team title by three strokes over UCLA.

'We got two out of three days where we played really well,' said Husky coach Mary Lou Mulflur, who's team shot a 26-over-par 314 on Tuesday. 'So it's hard not to look back and say 'what if?' But, overall I'm really pleased, especially the way we bounced back today after having such a tough day yesterday.'

Sophomore Sadena Parks led the way for the 38th-ranked Huskies on Wednesday by shooting a 1-over-par 73. She ended the tournament at +6 overall (70-79-73-222) and alone in 13th place. Parks was paired with USC's Jennifer Song, the defending NCAA Champion, and matched her shot-for-shot. The Bethel, Wash. native would have had a better score if not for a pair of double bogeys, but she still managed to convert four birdies.

'She just looks a lot more comfortable out there and like she belongs,' said Mulflur about Parks and her career-best 13th-place finish. 'Other than those two blow-up holes, she really had a great round today. She is so talented, so it is really good to see her play up to her capabilities.'

Senior Molly Aronsson had a steady round of 74 on Wednesday and finished tied for 16th at +8 overall. The Vermont native had three bogeys and one birdie to go with her 14 pars. Junior Anya Alvarez also had a relatively steady round, except for a pair of double bogeys that negated two birdies on the day. She finished 26th at +12.

Karinn Dickinson and Darcie Richmond each saved their best for last, shooting a 74 and 78, respectively. Dickinson equaled Parks with four birdies on the day, but also had six bogeys. She ended up 29th at +16. Richmond was +5 after five holes, but steady her game and was 1-over during the last 13 holes. She finished +27 and in 40th place.

ASU had only three golfers on the course after a two had to withdraw due to illness, but a pair of Sun Devils -- Carlota Ciganda and Juliana Murcia -- tied for medalist honors at -2 (214) overall. Five golfers tied for third at +3 (219) overall.

The Huskies could be peaking at the right time. They will find out which of the three NCAA Regionals they will head to on Monday, April 29. The regionals are scheduled to be held from May 6-8.

'It feels like were moving in the right direction and players are starting to step it up a bit,' said Mulfur. 'If you're going to start to play good, now is a great time to do it.'

Team Results
1. Arizona, +14
2. UCLA, +17
3. Oregon, +25
4. USC, +27
5. Washington, +42 (296-314-296-906)
6. California, +45
7. Stanford, +64
8. Washington State, +101
9. Oregon State, +103
DNF Arizona State, DNF

Washington Individuals
13. Sadena Parks, +6 (70-79-73-222)
T16. Molly Aronsson, +8 (75-75-74-224)
26. Anya Alvarez, +12 (72-81-75-228)
29. Karinn Dickinson, +16 (79-79-74-232)
40. Darcie Richmond, +27 (81-84-78-243)

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