Kelli Kamimura Wins Spartan Golf Invitational
March 7, 2001
Salinas, CA - Husky junior Kelli Kamimura became Washington's all-time leader in tournament victories, firing a final-round 66 to capture medalist honors at the Spartan Golf Invitational in Salinas, Calif. Kamimura's 66, a career-low and the second-lowest round in school history, clinched her second tournament title in as many weeks.
Washington finished the tournament in fifth place, carding a 292, its best round of the tournament. The Huskies' three-day total of 890 broke the school record for lowest 54-hole total. Their final-round 292 was yet another record for lowest third-round score in a tournament. New Mexico State won the tournament at 5-over 869, one shot ahead of Pepperdine.
Kamimura's fourth career title was marked by a steady climb up the leaderboard. She shot an opening round 74, then moved up to fifth place through 36 holes with a second-round 69. Kamimura clinched the title with a strong finish, shooting a 31 on the back-nine in the final round. Her 54-hole total of 209 broke the Husky record for lowest three-round score.
Dodie Mazzuca holds the Washington record for lowest single-round score with a 65 at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational in Redmond, Wash. in 1997.
Kamimura, four shots off the lead to start the day, did not begin play on Wednesday with intentions of making a charge for the lead.
"I tried to focus on each shot and not my overall score or what anyone else was doing," she said. "I knew on my last hole what I was shooting and that I had a really good round. We had staggered starts today, so it was probably and hour to an hour and a half after I finished before I knew I had won the tournament."
"I'm very excited for Kelli," said head coach Mary Lou Mulflur who previously shared the record for most tournament victories. "She had a great round of golf, the best I've seen in the final round of a tournament. I think she knew she was pretty far back and would have to post a good number to have a chance to win. That's what she went out and did."
"She has a little bit more experience as a college golfer than most of the people who were ahead of her today, and I think that probably helped her to stay focused," Mulflur continued. "She has certainly been in this position before, but being that far back at the start of the round probably takes a lot of the pressure off of her as opposed to the players who enter the final round in the lead."
Lindsay Morgan and Elisha Au also helped Washington's record-breaking performance, each tying for 21st at 9-over 225. Louise Friberg and Bianca Clark posted their best rounds of the tournament, firing a 75 and 76, respectively, to finish with a score of 234. Michelle Grafos, competing as an individual and not counting toward the Husky score, finished 30th at 12-over 228.
Washington will take a month off before heading to the Arizona State Invitational at the Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz.
Team Results: 1. New Mexico State 869, 2. Pepperdine 870, 3. Arizona State 875, 4. Stanford 877, 5. Washington 890, 6. Oklahoma State 892, 7. Tulsa 894, 8. San Jose State 916, 9. Penn State 921, 10. Colorado 925, 11. Washington State 926, 12. Oregon State 931, 13. BYU 939, 14. Hawaii 973, 15. Rhodes College 986, 16. CSU-Monterey Bay 1239.
Individual Results: 1. Kelli Kamimura (Washington) 209, 2. Lindsey Wright (Pepperdine) 211, 3. Jimin King (Arizona State) 212, 4. Stacy Prammanasudh (Tulsa) 213, 5. Melanie Hunt (Arizona State) 215,
Husky Results: 1. Kelli Kamimura 74-69-66-209, 21t. Lindsay Morgan 72-75-78-225 and Elisha Au 74-76-75-225, 30t. Michelle Grafos* 79-73-76-228, 52t. Bianca Clark 79-79-75-234 and Louise Friberg 79-79-76-234. * Competing as an individual.