In the history of the Husky women's golf team, two individuals stand out as the cornerstones for the program. The first is Edean Ihlanfeldt, the namesake of the Huskies' annual fall tournament. She was Washington's first coach, starting the program in 1974-75. So dedicated to seeing women have an opportunity to compete on the intercollegiate level, Ihlanfeldt never accepted a paycheck for her efforts; funneling her salary back into the program. The second is current head coach Mary Lou Mulflur, who is in her 31st season directing the Huskies.
A player for Ihlanfeldt, Mulflur's passion and commitment to Husky golf makes her former mentor proud. Mulflur's dedication, teaching and coaching skills as well as her fundraising abilities have allowed her to build the Husky program into one of the nation's most competitive teams on an annual basis.
In 30 seasons as the Husky women’s golf coach, Mulflur has led the Huskies to 20 of the 21 NCAA Regionals that have been contested since their inception in 1993. She has also led her teams to ten NCAA Championships with their best finishes coming in 2004 and 2006 where the Huskies placed sixth.
Mulflur has coached several Huskies who have gone on to play professionally and/or coach at the collegiate level. Nancy Kessler-McDaniel, a member of Mulflur’s first recruiting class, played at Washington from 1984 to 1988 and finished her career as an All-American in 1987-88. Kessler-McDaniel went on to play professionally and is the current head coach at Cal-Berkeley. Former Husky All-American Kelli Kamimura is currently the head coach at Washington State University.
Mulflur also coached current LPGA players Paige Mackenzie and Louise Friberg. These two former Huskies played together at the 2008 SBS Open at Turtle Bay, the first time two UW alumni have played in the same LPGA event. Mackenzie is the only player from a “Northern” school to win the individual conference title, claiming victory in 2006. She also recorded 24 top-10 finishes, ranking first in Husky women’s golf team history. Friberg has 13 total top-10 finishes, ranking fourth all-time. Friberg won on the LPGA tour in 2005 in Mexico with a final round 65.
Mulflur's players have also achieved in the classroom. Mackenzie was named to the Women’s Golf Coaches Association All-Scholar Team three-straight seasons and during Mulflur's tenure, 16 UW golfers have earned the distinction on 25 occasions. She also boasts a 100% graduation rate.
Twice during Mulflur's career she has been named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year. She is also the only coach who has attended every PAC-10/12 championship since the inception of a women’s conference tournament in 1987.
As a student-athlete, Mulflur went on to earn four letters as a Husky. During her collegiate career she won three regular-season tournaments, including the inaugural Ihlanfeldt Invitational in 1980.
While attending Grant High School in Portland, Mulflur won state high school titles in 1974 and 1975. In October of 2004, Mulflur was inducted into the Portland Interscholastic League Hall of Fame. And in 2006 she was inducted into the Grant High School Hall of Fame. Her 1974 state championship team was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame in October, 2013. She also won the 1975 Oregon Junior Championship. Mulflur won Southern Oregon titles in 1980, 1982, 1995 and 1997 as well as the Oregon Coast Invitational in 1979, 1982, and 1990.
Mulflur has competed in five United States Golf Association events. The U.S. Amateur in 1979, 1980 and 1982 and the U.S. Open in 1979 and 1980. In addition, she competed in four National Collegiate Championships. Mulflur graduated from Washington in 1980 with a degree in speech communications. She is a former vice-president of the Women’s Golf Coaches Association as well as having served on numerous committees within the Association. Mulflur served on the LPGA SAFECO Classic Advisory Board for many years and along with SAFECO, developed a junior golf program for inner city girls. She also served as a member of the NCAA Women’s Golf Committee from 2008 – 2011.
In 2010 Mulflur was presented with the WGCA Founders Award which recognizes a coach who has made significant contributions to the sport during the year. In October, 2013 she was also recognized by the Northwest Golf Media Association’s “Local Legend” Award which honors those individuals who have distinguished themselves either as golfers or for their involvement with the golf community in the Pacific Northwest over an extended period of time.