Not on the course. In the mind. UW volunteer assistant coach and performance specialist David Elaimy shows Huskies golfers -- and Swedish Medical Center neurosurgeons -- a new way to succeed.
Washington is leading at the Windy City Classic at 4 over, despite the absence of their ailing coach.
Anya Alvarez, who wrapped up her Husky career in 2011, will compete in the Golf Channel's Big Break Atlantis.
Photos from Sahalee Golf Club, site of the 2011 Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational.
Andrea VanderLende was named assistant women's golf coach by Mary Lou Mulflur on July 8, 2009.
In 2012-13, VanderLende was instrumental in helping the Huskies obtain a No. 1 ranking heading into the spring season. The Huskies won two tournaments and were second in two others to amass a 58-2 head-to-head record. SooBin Kim, a player she helped recruit to Washington, reached No. 1 in Golfstat.com's rankings during the season and earned second team WGCA All-America honors.
VanderLende has helped Mulflur build a roster that is one of the most talented in the team's history. In 2013 it featured three sophomores and two freshmen and finished a school best second at the Pac-12 Tournament. Kim has earned All-Pac-12 recognition twice and freshman Charlotte Thomas earned all-conference honors in 2013. Kim finished 2013 with the lowest scoring average (71.97) in team history, while Thomas was third (72.91).
At Washington, she has helped lead the Huskies to the NCAA Regionals four times and to the NCAA Championships in 2011, where they ended up 16th -- the sixth best finish in school history.
Prior to joining the Huskies, VanderLende has been working in operations for the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA). Prior to that, she played on the Duramed Futures Tour from 2007 to 2009.
From 2006-2007, VanderLende was an assistant golf professional at Carmel Country Club in Charlotte, N.C.
In 2008, VanderLende appeared on the Golf Channel's Big Break X, where one of her competitors was former Husky golfer Amber Prange. VanderLende, from Orlando, Fla., was a highly-successful collegiate golfer for the University of Florida from 2001-2005. She was the 2003 NCAA Championship runner up and was an Honorable Mention NCAA All-American in 2002 and 2003.
She was the Gator's team captain from 2003 to 2005 and earned 2004 & 2005 Southeastern Conference All-Academic Honor Roll recognition.
VanderLende graduated from Florida with a bachelor's degree in commercial recreation.
She attended high school at Lake Mary HS in Lake Mary, Fla., a suburb of Orlando.