Huskies Open Spring Campaign at Trinity Forest Invitational
The 2020-21 Huskies finally get to return to the course for the first time since March this week as they head to the SMU Trinity Forest Invitational, Monday-Tuesday, Feb. 1-2, held at Trinity Forest Golf Club in Dallas, Texas. The two-day tournament, which will have 36 holes on Monday followed by 18 on Tuesday, and all teams will play as fivesomes with their own teammates.
Tournament: SMU Trinity Forest Invitational
Where: Trinity Forest Golf Club – Par 72, 6,258 yards
Teams: Baylor, BYU, Chattanooga, Kansas State, Memphis, Missouri State, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, SMU, Texas, Texas Tech, Tulsa, UTSA, Washington
Washington Lineup: Camille Boyd, Brittany Kwon, Stefanie Deng, Rino Sasaki, Martha Lewis
The Huskies posted three top five finishes a year ago and had two individual tournament victories. They finished the shortened season with their best showing, placing third at the Juli Inkster Meadow Club Collegiate.
Washington saw victories from senior Rino Sasaki and graduated senior Karen Miyamoto during the season. Miyamoto claimed her first collegiate win at the season-opening WSU Cougar Cup while Sasaki took home the title at the Pac-12 Preview in Hawaii. Sasaki led the Huskies with her 73.75 stroke average and four rounds under par. Junior Martha Lewis is the Dawgs' next best stroke average returner from a year ago as she averaged 75. 35 in seven events.
Along with Sasaki and Lewis, the Huskies also welcome back Brittany Kwon, who's best finish as a freshman was when she tied for 11th at the Bruin Wave Invitational, and Winnie Ng, who competed for the Dawgs in five events a year ago. Manhua Chen, who is a sophomore for the Dawgs has yet to be able to join the team and is still in China.
The new faces this season include Camille Boyd (Shanghai), Stefanie Deng (Shanghai) and Adithi Anand (Redmond, Wash.). The 2020-21 Huskies are led by Mary Lou Mulflur who is in her 38th season with the Huskies and Associate Head Coach Courtney Jones Roberts. Hear from the Huskies head coach before they open the season in Dallas:
What was fall like, not having everyone one on campus and keeping everyone focused on training and preparing for the spring season?
It was obviously very different for everyone. We only had 4 players in Seattle until November for a variety of reasons. From a coaching standpoint it was actually great for Courtney (Jones Roberts) and me to be able to spend that much time with the players that were here.
A lot of the international players stayed abroad during the fall quarter, how was it helping them manage their schoolwork and training from afar?
Courtney worked with our academic support staff and between the three of them they did an amazing job keeping all of our student-athletes on track academically, especially with the different time zones. They met with them individually once a week and still do.
Talk through the roster for us, who's new, who's back?
We have three freshmen this year. Adithi Anand from Redmond, Camille Boyd from southern California but has been going to school in Shanghai and Stefanie Deng from China. Adithi has been with us since the fall, Camille joined us in November and Stefanie just got here in early January. The three of them have fit in extremely well and bring a lot of great energy to the team.
Our returning members include second year players, Brittany Kwon from here in Washington and Winnie Ng from K. Manhua Chen has been unable to make it back from China, unfortunately. One junior, Martha Lewis from England and our two seniors are Rino Sasaki from Japan and Wenyan Ma from China.
What are you looking forward to with this team?
Just being with them!! Honestly, it has been tough for everyone and to have the opportunity to take them on the road to compete; Courtney and I are extremely grateful for that. When we tee it up on Monday it will have been 327 days since we last competed. Again, we are just grateful and excited.
With last season ending so abruptly and how do you use that adversity moving forward? How has the team handled it as well?
For sure, it was such a strange way to end a season. It may sound funny, but it's been a tremendous opportunity to grow and really take a good hard look at things. It helps to put things in perspective and really process what has and is occurring. The players are so resilient which is an excellent quality that has served them well through all of this. Again, they are just grateful to be back together, to be practicing and to be competing.
What have practices been like now that the team is all back together preparing for the first tournament of the year?
Practices have been competitive, spirited and fun. Even though we have had some suspect weather, they have not let it bother them. It's been so great just to see the excitement on their faces and the joy they appear to be taking in what they are doing. We want to keep that mindset throughout this entire season, however long that is.