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UW Men 12th, Women Receive Votes in Nike/Golf World Poll

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In the latest Nike/Golf World coaches poll the men are 12th and the women received 18 votes, which would put them at 30th.

Oklahoma State remains No. 1 on the men's side, while Alabama heads up the women's poll.

For a complete list ... click here.

Aronsson Makes Cut For LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament

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VENICE, Fla. -- Recent Husky grad Molly Aronsson has made the cut at the second of two Q-School qualifying tournaments and will play in the 90-hole Final Qualifying Tournament in early December.

Aronsson saved her best round for last, shooting a 1-under 71 in the final round of the Sectional Qualifier being held at Bobcat and Panther Course in Venice, Fla. She entered the final round in 42nd place but pushed her way up to 28th (top 30 move on) in the last day.

Aronsson will now play in the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament, which is a 90-hole, five-day event, taking place on both the Legends and Champions courses at LPGA International. The first 72 holes are played on both courses, while players play the Champion course during the final round. The cut, historically held after 54 holes, will now reduce the field to the low 70 players and ties after 72 holes.

Q-School helps to determine those who will be offered Tournament Division Membership in the Ladies Professional Golf Association with priority status for the 2011 season. The top 20 qualifiers will receive priority status in Category #11. The top 20 players will alternate with players 81-100 on the 2010 LPGA Official Money List. In addition, qualifiers finishing in position #21-30 will receive priority status in category 16 and qualifiers in position 31-40 in category #20.

Mackenzie Enters Final Round of Canadian Open in 53rd

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- UW grad Paige Mackenzie enters Sunday's final round of the CN Canadian Women's Open tied for 53rd. She is +4 overall (72-76-72-220) at St. Charles Country Club.

Mackenzie is slated to tee off at 8:41 a.m. ET from the Winnipeg, Manitoba course.

You can follow her progress online at or her scorecard.

Saucier Plays Round With Fred Couples

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Husky senior Katie Saucier had the golfing experience of a lifetime during the Boeing Classic Pro-Am.

Saucier, from Bainbridge Island, is serving as a Boeing Classic intern this year and was inserted as a replacement player for an injured golfer in a foursome. Luckily for her, the foursome included Seattle golf legend Fred Couples.

The Seattle Times has more info about Saucier's experience ... read more

Friberg and Mackenzie Miss Women's British Open Cut

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Husky alums Louise Friberg and Paige Mackenzie missed the cut for the RICOH Women's British Open on Friday.

Friberg finished tied for 86th at +7 overall, missing the cut by two strokes at Royal Birkdale Golf Club. She shot a 3-over 75 in today's second round after a first round 76.

Mackenzie couldn't recover from a first round 82, but did improve with a 3-over 75 on Friday. She was +13 overall and in 122nd place.

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Friberg, Mackenzie Updates From Women's British Open

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Husky alums Louise Friberg and Paige Mackenzie struggled to find their footing in the first round of the RICOH Women's British Open on Thursday.

Friberg shot a 4-over 76 and is tied for 79th, while Mackenzie shot a 10-over 82 and is tied for 138th at Royal Birkdale Golf Club.

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Two Huskies Playing in Women's British Open

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Husky grads Louise Friberg and Paige Mackenzie are among the field for the RICOH Women's British Open which begins on Thursday at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport, England.

Mackenzie tees off at 8:31 a.m. local time (11:31 p.m. PT, Wednesday), while Friberg will tee off at 9:26 a.m. from England.

Fans can follow the leaderboard at by clicking here.

Follow UW Women's Golfers Today

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Several Husky women's golfers will be playing in tournaments in Washington and Minnesota today.

Darcie Richmond and incoming freshman Kelli Bowers are both competing in the Washington State Women's Amateur in Sequim. Heading into today's second and final round at The Cedars at Dungeness Course, Richmond is tied for 10th at 4-over-par 76 and Bowers is 12th at +6. Pamela Burneski leads the tourney after a first round 2-under-par 70. Follow live scoring from Sequim here.

UW sophomore-to-be Brittany Tallman and incoming freshman A Ram Choi are each participating in the Women's Western Golf Association's 110th National Amateur Championship at Rochester Golf & Country Club. Here is a look at Wednesday's pairings.

Mackenzie Ends Up 72nd At ShopRite LPGA Classic

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GALLOWAY, N.J. -- For a second consecutive day, Husky alum Paige Mackenzie shot a 3-over-par 74 at the ShopRite LPGA Classic to end up tied for 72nd overall at +4 (69-74-74-217).

Mackenzie's scorecard in Sunday's final round from the Bay Course at Dolce Seaview Resort had four birdies on it, but also had five bogeys and a double bogey on the par-4 second hole. She will pocket $2,843 for her week's efforts.

Ai Miyazato shot a 7-under 64 in today's final round and finished with a two stroke win at 16-under 197 overall.

Mackenzie Makes the Cut at ShopRite LPGA Classic

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GALLOWAY, N.J. -- Former Husky All-American Paige Mackenze made the cut for the ShopRite LPGA Classic at Dolce Seaview Resort and is tied for 67th at +1 overall for the 54-hole tournament.

Mackenzie was unlucky in Saturday's second round with a 3-over-par 74 but was just good enough to squeak by and make the cut right at the line. She would have been even for the day but was forced to count a triple bogey on the par-4 fifth hole.

Fellow UW alum Louise Friberg missed the cut by two shots. She was +3 overall for the tourney after following a first round 72 with a second round 73.   

Mackenzie and Friberg Wrap Up First Round at ShopRite LPGA Classic

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GALLOWAY, N.J. -- Paige Mackenzie shot a 2-under par 69 in the first round of the ShopRite LPGA Classic at Dolce Seaview Resort and is tied for 31st overall. Fellow Husky alum Louise Friberg is 1-over par and tied for 78th after shooting a 72 on the par-71 Bay Course.

Mackenzie was two over-par after six holes but was able to get back to even with birdies on No. 7 and No. 9. She had one more bogey on No. 11, but was able to end strong with birdies on holes 13, 17 and 18.

Friberg, who started her round from the 10th tee, went birdieless and had three bogeys until No. 7 and 8 where she would card back-to-back birdies.

The tournament is just 54 holes and the top 70 golfers will advance to Sunday's final round after tomorrow's 18 are played.

Former Dawg Greggain Wins Washington State Women's Open

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FEDERAL WAY, Wash. -- Jennifer Greggain, a 1999 graduate of the University of Washington, won the 2010 Washington State Women's Open at Twin Lakes Golf and Country Club on Wednesday. She shot a two round total of 1-over 145 to win the tournament by one stroke.

Greggain shot a first round 2-under-par 70 and then held on after a second round 3-over 75. She won by one stroke over Katy Jarochowicz.

Fellow former Husky Sung Ea Lee finished sixth overall.

Mackenzie Finishes 44th in Mexico

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MORELIA, Mexico - Paige Mackenzie had a disappointing final round at the LPGA's Tres Marias Championship in Morelia, Mexico shooting a 3-over-par 75 on Sunday and falling all the way to 44th place. The former Husky All-American finished even overall at 292.

Mackenzie won $5,544 for her efforts. She finished 19 shots behind Ai Miyazato, who won by one shot over Stacy Lewis. Lorena Ochoa was sixth in her last tournament as a professional.

Mackenzie 17th After Three Rounds In Mexico

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MORELIA, Mexico - Paige Mackenzie shot a 2-over-par 75 in Saturday's third round of the Tres Marias Championship but remains in contention at -3 overall and tied for 17th. Mackenzie is 10 strokes back of leader Ai Miyazato.

Mackenzie shot a 35 on the front nine and a 40 on the back nine. Saturday proved to be the toughest day of the tourney as just 18 of the 69 remaining competitors were under par.

The Husky grad will tee off at 10:36 local time for Sunday's final round.

Mackenzie 16th After Second Round in Mexico

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MORELIA, Mexico - Former Husky golf standout Paige Mackenzie continued her strong play in the Tres Marias Championship, shooting a second-round 3-under 70 to go 5-under 141 overall for the tournament. She is tied for 16th, seven strokes behind leader Michelle Wie.

Mackenzie had four birdies and one bogey during her round. She shot 35's on both sides.

Fellow Husky alum Louise Friberg did not fare as well as Mackenzie, failing to make the cut at +7 overall.

Mackenzie will tee off at 11:08 local time.


Mackenzie 27th, Friberg 97th at LPGA Event in Mexico

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Paige Mackenzie shot a 2-under 71 in the first round of the Tres Marias Championship in Morelia, Mexico on Thursday, while fellow Husky alum Louise Friberg was 4-over-par (77) for the day. Mackenzie is tied for 27th and Friberg is tied in 97th place.

Mackenzie had six birdies on the front nine to go along with two bogeys. On the back nine, she balance a bogey and a birdie until a double-bogey 7 on the par-5 18th hole. Friberg also found trouble on the No. 18 with a triple-bogey 8.

Mackenzie tees off at 7:30 a.m. on No. 10, while Friberg is a couple groups behind teeing off at 8:58 a.m.


Aronsson Featured in Seattle Times; Mulflur Interview

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Several Husky women's golf features to pass along:

? Molly Aronsson was featured in the Seattle Times on Saturday in a story written by Scott Hansen. Did you know if Aronsson wasn't playing golf, she probably would be playing competitive hockey?

? caught up with head coach Mary Lou Mulflur on Friday. She previewed the upcoming Pac-10 Championships and the season that was.


Mackenzie and Friberg Make Nabisco Cut

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RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. -- The Kraft Nabisco Championship, one of the LPGA's four major championships, will include a pair of Huskies in the final two rounds.

Paige Mackenzie and Louise Friberg made the cut after shooting a +5 and +6, respectively, over the first two rounds at Mission Hills Country Club. Mackenzie is tied for 60th and Friberg is tied for 66th -- right at the cutline.

Song-Hee Kim leads the tournament at 7-under 137.

Follow the Kraft Nabisco Championship by clicking here.


Mackenzie, Friberg Tied For 70th At Nabisco Championship

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RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. - Louise Friberg and Paige Mackenzie each shot a 3-over 75 in the first round of the Kraft Nabisco Championship and are tied for 70th. 

Friberg started out on fire and was 4-under par after eight holes to find herself in second place. But from there, she struggled and was 7-over-par over the last 10 holes.

Mackenzie was also 3-over on the day. She teed off on No. 10 and  was even after the first six holes, but bogeyed two of the next three holes. She bounced back with a birdie on No. 2, but would go on to bogey No. 5 and No. 8.

Suzann Peterson leads the tournament, which is one of four Majors on the LPGA Tour, after shooting a 5-under 67.

Paige Mackenzie, Louise Friberg In Action

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Both Paige Mackenzie and Louise Friberg will be battling for the Kraft Nabisco Championship title this weekend at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

The former Huskies are among a stellar field playing in the LPGA major event.

Mackenzie is on the course right now and Friberg tees off at 12:30 pm PT.

Follow the event all weekend long at


More on UW's Graduation Rates

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The NCAA released its annual report of graduation success rates among Division I instititions and, once again, the University of Washington showed it ranks second in the Pac-10 and second among all public institutions on the West Coast.  Washington's football federal graduation rate is just two percent shy of the rate for all Division I student-athletes.  For the complete story and links to the NCAA reports, visit this piece posted yesterday on  The Associated Press also wrote a good story on the topic, which you can find here.

A couple of facts that were not widely reported included the graduation success rate (GSR) among football programs in the Pac-10.  Among scholarship athletes, the Huskies rate second in the league in both graduation success rate and the four-year rolling federal graduation rate average.  Below is a chart showing how the UW fares against league rivals.


School GSR Fed Rate
Stanford 89 85
Washington 69 61
California 64 57
Washington State 62 58
Arizona State 58 49
USC 58 52
Oregon State 57 43
UCLA 51 40
Oregon 49 45
Arizona 41 35


A couple of other key facts that the report revealed about the academic success of various UW sports programs:


? The graduation rate for UW scholarship student-athletes who exhausted their eligibility at the school during this reporting period was an impressive 90 percent.  A total of 503 student-athletes fit into this category.
? Six UW sports achieved a GSR of 100 percent:  Men's golf, women's basketball, women's golf, women's soccer, softball and women's tennis.
? 10 of the 18 sports calculated (men's crew is not a NCAA sport and track/cross country are counted as one sport. The discontinued swimming program is also included), achieved a GSR of 90 percent or better.

Washington Golf Center Featured By

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They spent the morning with men's coach Matt Thurmond and several of the players, including Nick Taylor, Chris Killmer and Darren Wallace. The guys showed them the facility and captured the essence of the facility excellently.

Check out the video of the Golf Center by clicking here.

Husky Athletics Honors Scholarship Donors

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Recently, Washington Husky athletic department officials and student-athletes showed their appreciation to its scholarship donors at its annual luncheon in the Don James Center.  Husky student-athletes Victor Aiyewa and Danielle Lawrie presented thanks to the benefactors on behalf of all of the UW's scholarship student-athletes. 

Check out this great photo gallery from the event.

Women's soccer coach Lesle Gallimore gave a passionate speech that outlined the tremendous responsibility each coach accepts as they makes decisions on who and when to award athletic scholarships.

"As a coach I am entrusted with the task of awarding scholarships to young women whom my staff and I determine are worthy of your generosity," said Gallimore. "This is a responsibility that I do not take lightly. I have done nothing for the dollars that I am doling out. It is not my hard work that has made these scholarships possible and yet it is my duty to select people that will live up to their commitment of striving for athletic and academic excellence.

A Few Husky-Related News & Notes Items

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Despite not having a Washington Husky football game, there are still a ton of athletics-related activities taking place this week.

? The Husky men's soccer team hosts Cal in a huge Pac-10 game Friday night at 7 p.m.  The Dawgs defeated the Bears 2-0 in Berkeley a couple of weeks ago, knocking Cal from its No. 4 national ranking!  A special promotion provides 4 tickets, 4 hot dogs and 4 sodas for just $25.  Call (206) 543-2200 for information.

? The Husky Ticket Office reports that approximately 64,000 tickets have been sold for the Nov. 28 Apple Cup game between rivals Washington and Washington State.  Tickets are available by calling (206) 543-2200 or through

? Huskies All-Access is scheduled for eight airings on FSN Northwest this week, starting with Wednesday's debut at 7 p.m.  The show will also feature at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. that night, 12:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Thursday and at 12:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Friday.

? The nationally-ranked men's and women's cross country teams are participating in the Pac-10 Championships Saturday in Long Beach, Calif.  The No. 1 ranked women will be looking to win its second-straight title while the 13th ranked men are the third-highest ranked team in the league behind No. 1 Stanford and No. 2 Oregon.  Check out for complete coverage.

? The UW men's and women's golf teams are in action today.  The men are making a late run at the Isleworth Invitational, while the women are in the hunt at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown.

? Women's soccer is on the road at Oregon Friday night, while the volleyball team is playing at Arizona.  Live coverage of those events is available on

Both Golf Teams On The Course

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Both the UW men's and women's golf teams are on the links today participating in tournament on opposite sides of the country.

The men are playing in the second round of the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational outside of Orlando. They are still trying to find their footing and are 14th out of 15 teams. You can follow them live on by clicking here.

Meanwhile, the women are preparing to tee off for the first round of the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown at Boulder Creek Golf Club.  Junior Anya Alvarez is aiming for her third-straight top-10 finish and is currently ranked 12th in the latest Golfweek individual rankings. Follow the Dawgs from Las Vegas by clicking here.

Mulflur To Be Inducted Into Grant HS Hall of Fame

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2009_BrittanyTallman_002.jpgPORTLAND, Ore. - Husky women's golf head coach Mary Lou Mulflur will be inducted into the Grant High School (Portland, Ore.) hall of fame on Monday.

The Porland-area school is honoring 53 former athletes and 10 former coaches in the inaugural event. Mulflur is one of several speakers for the event. Former NBA basketball player Terrell Brandon will also be inducted into the school's hall of fame and be a featured speaker.

The public is invited to this free event. The school is located at Northeast 36th Avenue and Thompson Street in Portland.

While attending Grant, Mulflur won state high school titles in 1974 and 1975. 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. Open in 1979 and 1980 and the U.S. Amateur in 1979, 1980 and 1982. In addition she competed in four National Collegiate Championships.

Mulflur, regarded as one of the most successful golfers to come out of the UW, came to Washington in 1976 and was one of the first female athletes to receive a scholarship at Washington.

During her collegiate career Mulflur won three regular-season tournaments, including the inaugural Ihlanfeldt Invitational in 1980. To date, Kamimura is the only Husky golfer with more career wins than Mulflur.

Mulflur is entering her 27th season as the head coach at the University of Washington.


Husky Lineup Set For Stanford Tournament

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The Husky women's golf team is heading to the Stanford Intercollegiate, which starts on Friday and runs through Sunday. We'll have more details later, but here are the early nuts and bolts:

 For Stanford our lineup is:

1. Anya Alvarez
2. Molly Aronsson
3. Sadena Parks
4. Darcie Richmond
5. Brittany Tallman

The field is as follows:

1. Stanford
2. Arizona
3. ASU
4. Cal
5. Denver
6. Hawaii
7. Oklahoma State
8. San Jose State
9. USC
10. Texas
11. UCLA
12. UNLV
13. San Francisco
14. Vanderbilt
15. Washington

Our first round starts at 8:30 Friday and we are paired with Denver and Vanderbilt.

Mackenzie Makes Navistar LPGA Classic Cut

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PRATTVILLE, Ala. - Paige Mackenzie shot a 1-under 71 on Friday and is 4-under 140 overall and tied for 33rd after two rounds of the Navistar LPGA Classic. Mackenzie is six strokes behind a pack of five -- including Lorena Ochoa, Laura Davies and 14-year-old Alexi Thompson --  that are 10-under for the tournament,

Mackenzie had three birdies and two bogeys on the Robert Trent Jones golf course. She made her fifth-straight cut after making only four in the the first 10 tournaments she had entered.

Mackenzie will tee off at tomorrow at 10:15 a.m. local time.

Mackenzie Tied For 25th At Navistar LPGA Classic

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PRATTVILLE, Ala. - Husky alum Paige Mackenzie shot a 3-under 69 and is tied for 25th after the first round of the Navistar LPGA. Mackenzie shot a 1-under on the front nine and backed that up with three birdies and a bogey on the back nine.

She is five strokes behind leader Janice Moodie, who blazed through RTJ Golf Trail in Prattville, Ala., at 8-under 64. Moodie holds a one-stroke lead over 14-year-old Alexis Thompson.

Mackenzie, who is trying to make her fifth-straight cut, will be the first to tee off on Friday at 6:50 a.m. local time.

Final Day in New Zealand

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Husky assistant coach Andrea VanderLende checked in from New Zealand for after day 11. Here is her wrap-up from the 11 day trip.

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Our final round in New Zealand was at Paraparaumu Golf Club. This course has hosted the New Zealand Open 12 times in the history of the Championship. Once again we had terrible weather but played through it and ended up having a great time. We paired up with a group of Paraparaumu locals who were very accommodating and helped us navigate our way around the course. This round concluded our final portion of qualifying. The girls worked hard to battle in the wind and rain to prepare for the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational at Sahalee Country Club in Redmond. After playing many difficult courses, we are ready to tackle our first home tournament and want to begin the year with a win on our territory.



Women's Golf Checks In From New Zealand

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Husky assistant coach Andrea VanderLende checked in from New Zealand for after day 10. Here are reports and a photo gallery from days seven through 10 of the 11 day trip.

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DSCN0409.JPGDay 10

Today we played Waikanae Golf Club.  We were supposed to have terrible weather but once again the golf gods were with us.  It was a bit chilly, but the wind and quick greens made this course very challenging.  Waikanae is a traditional club, having one of the largest memberships in all of New Zealand.  We also learned that Steve Williams, Tiger Wood's caddy, spent most of his childhood learning the game of golf at Waikanae Golf Club.  There were tons of photos of Steve and Tiger displayed around the club.

Day 9

The day has finally come!!  We are off to play the highly anticipated Cape Kidnappers in Hawke's Bay.  Cape Kidnappers is the host to the 2009 Kiwi Challenge PGA Tour Event.  The defending champion Hunter Mahan and last year's runner-up Anthony Kim will be joined by  Sean O'Hair and Camilo Villegas for a 36-hole stroke play event.  This event will take place just around the corner on Nov. 11 and 12.

This course lived up to all of its expectations.  Once you made your way past the gate you had about a five mile drive that involved many hills and winding roads to reach the club house. On the drive we saw many sheep running around freely in the fields; in fact, our bus actually had to slow down to make sure we didn't hit one.   We had a terrible forecast for the day but we lucked out because it turned out to be a beautiful day.  Once again, it was a picturesque day and we had our cameras out on every hole.

Day 8

Our next round in Lake Taupo was at Wairakei International Golf Course.  This was a beautiful and challenging golf course that is ranked in Golf Digest's Top 100. It is a classic country club style course aligned with several trees and some hidden bunkers. It is a challenging course off the tee and placement was necessary in order to avoid severely sloped bunkers. The course was in great shape with fast greens that definitely challenged the girls on the team. 

Day 7

It's Saturday back in Washington and Sunday in New Zealand.  We are in Taupo sitting around the breakfast table following the Washington USC football game on our iPhones.  The team was excited to played Taupo Golf  Club, but to be honest we were definitely more excited about Washington beating USC!!!  Karinn's dad was giving us play-by-play and we all screamed when he finally said HUSKIES WIN!!!!!  Now, off to play some golf and for the team to compete in our first qualifying round of the season.


Women's Golf Report From New Zealand

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Husky assistant coach Andrea VanderLende checked in from New Zealand for after day five. Here are reports and a photo gallery from day five of the 11 day trip.

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We took the next day as a travel day to cross the country to Taupo.  We have an amazing view from our hotel room of Lake Taupo.  This area is famous for the bungee jumping and sky diving.  On our drive we stopped in Auckland and went to the top of Mount Eden for an amazing view.

Today we played the Kinloch Club which is a Jack Nicklaus course design.  The other courses that we have played offered amazing views but this course was more of a links style course.  This course was challenging but in excellent shape and everyone enjoyed playing a different style of golf course.  We have been lucky to have great weather, but today our luck ran out.   The high was 50 degrees with light rain and wind.  The weather obviously wasn't that terrible because half the team went on to play another 18 holes.  The course was that amazing! 


The Head Professional was very kind to give us an introduction to the golf course.  He told us his "friends" were out on the golf course and for us to be careful of the electric fences.  The Kinloch Club brings in cows to eat the grass.  The cows have been out for the last month so the rough was minimal. They find a section of rough and rope it off with electric fences and move it to different locations around the course.   

On our walk home from dinner we came across the Hole-In-One Challenge.   It's where you can purchase golf balls to hit into a floating island in the middle of Lake Taupo.   If you happen to make a hole in one you have the chance to win money, bungee jumping or skydiving.  Since I was the only professional who made the trip, I had to give it a try.  I was unsuccessful but it was definitely fun trying!

Women's Golf Report From New Zealand

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Husky assistant coach Andrea VanderLende checked in from New Zealand for after day four. Here are reports and a photo gallery from day three and four of the 11 day trip.

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Day Three
We truly enjoyed our first golf course in New Zealand at Gulf Harbour Resort.  The back nine offered amazing views on all nine holes.  But according to the locals, who took a peek at our itinerary, it's only going to get better as we go along.  The Carrington Golf Resort was the next course on our list. This course had many beautiful views of the Bay of Islands. The course took a little bit of time to get to, but definitely was worth the drive. 

Day Four
We played the most amazing golf course, Kauri Cliffs, which is an award winning five-star luxury Golf & Spa Resort located in Northland, Kerikeri, North Island.  This course is absolutely AMAZING!   The views were breathtaking and the team had their cameras out taking pictures on every hole. 

Kauri Cliffs was one of the two golf courses that hosted the 2008 Kiwi Challenge PGA Tour Event Challenge.  In 2008 the Kiwi Challenge featured four of the top young players in the world: Adam Scott, Brandt Snedeker, Anthony Kim and Hunter Mahan.  They played 18 holes each day over two days on two of the most picturesque courses in the world, Kauri Cliffs and Cape Kidnappers.  

I personally felt this was the best golf course I have ever played, but we were playing Cape Kidnappers in a few days, so it may change.  Can't's great to be Husky!  GO DAWGS!!!

Report From New Zealand

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The women's golf team has arrived in New Zealand. Assistant Coach Andrea Vanderlende is submitting photos and reports during the trip. Here are some excerpts from her photo captions:



WGolf-TeamDSCN0070.JPGThe time has come, we are finally in New Zealand!  This trip has been in the works for over two years and everyone is excited the day is finally here.   Our first thing to overcome was our 13 hour flight to Auckland.

It took us awhile to get through customs due to the soil on our golf shoes.  New Zealand is very protective of their land.  We met our driver and tour guide and loaded our luggage into the bus.  Having a bus driver is very nice especially because people drive on the opposite sides of the road compared to the United States. 

We all checked in and settled into our hotel rooms.  Shortly after we decided to do some exploring in Auckland.  It was about 10 am and we wouldn't have minded a nap but we know we have to stay up to adjust to the time change. We all took a walk to Takapuna beach which was only a 5 minute walk from our hotel.  

We wanted to make our way downtown and ended up taking a ferry into the city.  It was beautiful and at times reminded us of Seattle.  The even have a Sky Tower which is similar to the Space Needle that offers great views as well as bungee jumping.

In action on the golf course, the University of Washington Huskies defeated the Gulf Harbour Club Team by 13 strokes.  The low individual in the match was Molly Arronsson with a 73 and in second place was Karinn Dickinson with at 74.  

Mackenzie Has Another Strong LPGA Tournament

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Husky alum Paige Mackenzie had a strong showing for the third-consecutive week on the LPGA tour. She shot a 2-under 211 overall and tied for 21st at the P&G beauty NW Arkansas Championship in Rogers, Ark.

Her efforts earned her $18, 385 and has brought her total over the last three weeks to just over $75,000. For the season she has earned over $115k.

Mackenzie entered Sunday tied for 15th, but shot a 1-over 72 in the final round. She shot a 70 on Saturday and 69 on Friday.

Mackenzie Tied for 46th In Canadian Open

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Calgary, Alb., Canada -- Husky alum Paige Mackenzie has dropped into a tie for 46th place in the LPGA's CN Canadian Open at Priddis Golf and Country Club.

Mackenzie shot a 3-over 74 in Saturday's third round and dropped 16 spots in the overall standings. Mackenzie has a 215 overall.

Suzann Peterson is 14-under to lead the tournament.


Mackenzie Makes Cut At LPGA Canadian Open

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Calgary, Alberta -- Former Husky golfer Paige Mackenzie made the cut for the CN Canadian Open at the Priddis Greens Golf and Country Club in Calgary, Alberta. After two rounds, Mackenzie is tied with 18 other golfers in 30th place at 1-under 141.

Mackenzie shot a 2-over 73 on Friday after shooting a 3-under 68 on Thursday. In the second round today, Mackenzie shot a 2-under on the front nine but struggled on the back nine with a 4-over.

Mackenzie is scheduled to tee of from No. 10 at 9:10 a.m. local time on Saturday.

Other Huskies, Louise Friberg and Amber Prange, failed to make the cut. Friberg shot a 2-over 73 on Friday after shooting a 74 on Thursday. She ended up tied at 108th at 147 overall. Prange finished tied for 137th after ending up +9 over 151.

For more information and to see the scoring, click here.

Mackenzie Tied For Ninth After First Round of Canadian Open

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Mackenzie15.jpgCalgary, Alb. -- Husky alumni Paige Mackenzie (pictured) is tied for ninth at 3-under 68 after the first round of the LPGA's Canadian Open at the Priddis Greens Golf and Country Club. Mackenzie is one of three former Dawgs competing this weekend north of the border in Calgary, Alberta.

Mackenzie had five birdies on her second nine of the day (six overall) to put her in contention. She will tee off at 1:40 pm local time from the No. 1 tee on Friday.

Louis Frieberg shot a 3-over 74 and is tied for 99th, while Amber Prange shot a +4 and tied for 113th. Prange is making her LPGA debut.


Three Huskies Playing In Canadian LPGA Event

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Prange041005_05.jpgFormer Huskies Louise Friberg, Paige Mackenzie and Amber Prange (pictured) are all entered in this week's LPGA event, the CN Canadian Open. The tournament starts on Thursday at the Priddis Green Golf and Country Club in Calgary, Alberta.

Mackenzie is coming off a top-10 finish in last week's Safeway Classic. She is teeing off from the 10th tee at 8:00 a.m. local time.

Friberg, who failed to make the cut at the Safeway Classic, tees off at 8:40 a.m. from the No. 1 tee.

Prange is making her first appearance in an LPGA event. She received a sponsors exemption after finishing third in the 2009 Order of Merit. Prange will tee off at 7:40 a.m. from the 10th tee.

Return to the women's golf page Thursday through Sunday as we will keep you posted on the progress of the Huskies competing this weekend. Good luck to all!!!

Women's Golf Blawg: Andrea VanderLende Excited To Come To UW

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Mary Lou Mulflur announced the hiring of former Florida Gator player Andrea VanderLende as an assistant coach last week. She officially starts at Washington on Aug. 1 and will be a guest blawgger for the UW throughout the season. She decided to get a jump start and submitted an entry on Monday!

andrea-vl.jpeg Life is truly an adventure and can be extremely exciting. That is how I feel about making one of the biggest moves in my life.  I am trading in my blue and orange for purple and gold and coming to the Pac-10 which is the best conference in the country right now.  Yes, you can say I am excited. 
Upon graduating from the University of Florida, I knew I wanted to stay in golf but was not sure where the industry would allow me to excel and make a difference.  It was while working at Carmel Country Club in Charlotte, North Carolina with the Junior Program that I started to see myself coaching. With that in mind, I have spent the last few years trying to acquire the skills and insight it takes to build a strong foundation for coaching.  I know I am ready and what could be better than being Coach Mulflur's assistant coach.  Who wouldn't want to learn from the best! 
The University of Washington's golf program is outstanding and offers their student athletes every opportunity to excel on and off the course.  I was thrilled to see the new indoor practice facility and what golfer wouldn't want to call Washington National their home course.


The last time I played Washington National was at the NCAA Championship my freshman year.  The course and Seattle left a lasting impression and who would have known I would be calling it home eight years later. 
In a few short weeks, I will have the move behind me and will be able start preparing for a great season ahead.  I am looking forward to meeting the UW staff and especially our student athletes.  With the help of understanding co-workers and my Garmin, the University of Washington will feel like home in no time.

Friberg Ties For 34th At U.S. Open

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Former Husky Louise Friberg finished the LPGA's U.S. Open being held at the Saucon Valley Country Club in Bethlehem, Pa., tied for 34th. Friberg shot a 4-over 75 on Sunday and ended the tournament tied with five others at 11-over 295.

Friberg had missed the cut in the previous 11 events she had entered. The 34th place finish was her best of the season and earned Friberg $20,702.

Congrats to Friberg!!


Husky Pro Tour Golf Notes From Saturday

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This weekend, a couple of Husky pros are playing well on the LPGA and Nationwide Tours.

Louise Friberg is representing the Husky women  at the LPGA's 2009 U.S. Open in Bethlehem, Pa., and is tied for 23rd at 7-over (75-72-73=220) after three rounds. Friberg, who lettered for Washington from 2000-2003, was 2-over on Saturday  and is nine strokes behind  leader Cristie Kerr (2-under overall) .

On the Nationwide Tour, Alex Prugh has been making a steady climb all weekend long. On Saturday, he jumped into a tie for 11th place after he began the third round tied for 29th. Prugh, who lettered at Washington from 2004-07, shot a 4-under 67 for a second-consecutive day to move to 10-under overall at the Ford Wayne Gretzky Classic Presented by Samsung. Roger Tambellini leads the tournament at 18-under.

Friberg 28th at U.S. Open; Kamimura Named Head Coach at WSU

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Former Husky standout Louise Friberg is tied for 28th after two rounds of the LPGA U.S. Open at Saucon Valley Country Club in Bethlehem, Pa. Friberg is 5-over for the tournament and shot a 1-over 72 on Friday. Cristie Kerr tops the leaderboard at 3-under overall.

After a stellar rookie season in 2008, Friberg has struggled to find her swing in 2009. She has missed the cut in her last 11 LPGA events this season, but hopefully this week's results from Pennsylvania will get her back on track.

In other news, former Husky Kelli Kamimura will be named head coach at Washington State University. That makes three former Husky players [Mary Lou Mulflur, Kamimura and Nancy (Kessler) McDaniel at Cal] leading Pac-10 programs!!

What a great year for Husky sports teams!  An incredible 15 of the 18 sports that have completed its regular season participated in NCAA postseason championships.  Washington is ranked among the top-10 in the Learfield Sports Director's Cup and three teams won Pac-10 titles!

Last weekend, the women's tennis team kept its national title hopes alive with a gutsy 4-3 upset victory at USC in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Huskies now travel to College Station, Texas for the NCAA round of 16 match against South Carolina. The winner faces either Georgia or South Carolina in the quarterfinals.

The softball team clinched second place in the Pac-10 with a thumping of Cal in its regular-season finale, then found it it would be the No. 3 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Women's golf finished just five strokes from advancing to the NCAA Championship round after finishing 10th at the NCAA Central Regionals in Columbus, Ohio. A great accomplishment from a team that did not finish as well as it would have liked at the Pac-10 championships.

Men's tennis staged one of the most incredible comebacks ever in its first-round NCAA victory over Texas Tech, but didn't have enough left in the tank on the road Texas in the second round.

The baseball team took two of three games against #25 Oregon State and Husky freshman Jeremy Taiwo placed third at the Pac-10 Multi-Event Championships.

With just more than a month left in the college sports season, there are plenty of chances for Husky greatness ahead. Keep an eye on and cheer on the Dawgs!

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