SEATTLE -- Washington head coach Mary Lou Mulflur has been notified that she will be the 45th inductee into the Women’s Golf Coaches Association Hall of Fame this December. The 30-year veteran of the Husky women’s golf program joins legendary Husky head coach Edean Ihlanfeldt with their profession’s most prestigious honor.
“I am honored and humbled to receive this award,” said Mulflur. “I never dreamed to be in this position when I started coaching. It is very special to be recognized by your colleagues who you work side-by-side and compete with year after year.”
Mulflur enters her 31st season as the Husky head coach, leading the Dawgs to 20-straight NCAA Regional appearances and nine trips to the NCAA Championships. She just returned from Tokyo, Japan where the No. 12 Huskies earned a 50-stroke victory at the Topy Cup.
Mulflur heard about the honor while the Dawgs were at their preseason retreat last week at Suncadia Resort. She saw an Ohio number on her cell phone, but did not answer because she was on the golf course. Later, Mulflur listened to a message from Cincinnati head coach Janet Carl who is the President of the WGCA Board of Directors and called her back. Carl gave Mulflur the news that was beyond her wildest dreams.
Mulflur said her first call was to her partner Martha and also emailed her family.
“It was a little weird because it almost seems boastful to be telling people about,” said Mulflur. “I am just so honored and never thought I would be in this position.”
The Huskies’ head coach will be recognized at the WGCA Hall of Fame luncheon in December. She is the third-straight coach from the Pac-12 to be inducted, following Carrie Forsyth of UCLA and Andrea Gaston of USC. She will also join her coach at Washington, Ihlanfeldt who was inducted back in 2007.
Mulflur played for Ihlandfeldt from 1976-80, where she was a four-year letter winner and three-time individual medalist. She took over as the Huskies’ head coach in 1983 and has overseen one of the top programs in the nation ever since.
In addition to the team honors, several of Mulflur’s players have gone on to play professionally, including Paige Mackenzie and Nancy Kessler-McDaniel. Just this past summer, current Husky SooBin Kim competed in the LPGA’s Safeway Classic.
A native of Portland, Ore., Mulflur is already a member of the Portland Interscholastic League Hall of Fame as well as a Hall of Famer at her alma mater, Grant High School. In 2010, Mulflur was awarded the NCGA Founders Award for her service to the sport.
Washington resumes its fall season on Tuesday, Oct. 8-9 when they host the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational at Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish. The two-day tournament hosts some of the nation’s best teams for 36 holes on Tuesday and an 18-hole final round on Wednesday.