Mulflur Sets The Table For 2010
June 12, 2009
SEATTLE -- To say that finishing the 2008-09 season five strokes and two spots away from a trip to the NCAA Championship left a bitter taste in Mary Lou Mulflur's mouth, and that of her team, would be an understatement.
Nevertheless, that how the UW women's golf team ended their season, with wondering of what might have been after placing eighth, when the top six advanced to Maryland for a chance to play for the National Championship.
"It's disappointing to not go to the finals," Mulflur said. "We were in position to go that final day, but we had two or three girls struggle and you just can't make that up. They were ticked off, which is exactly what I wanted. They knew we were right there and we had a chance to get there."
But uncertain outcomes are a fact of college golf, especially when a team is without a senior, and seven of its 10 players are either freshmen or sophomores. But the young Huskies set out this season to gain the experience to win both now and in future years. And, at times, they showed the ability for both, such as the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational, and the Lady Buckeye Invitational, where the Dawgs finished in third place. It can been seen as a sign of things to come for the Huskies on the links, as flashes of brilliance are rarely isolated events. And while that lightning came from different spots on Washington's roster throughout the year, Anya Alvarez had her fair share.
"Anya played really well, except for maybe one or two rounds and I think she can still get much better," Mulflur said. "Her ball-striking skills are very good and her course management skill are getting better."
The sophomore from Oklahoma led the Huskies in scoring in six of their nine regular season tournaments. Alvarez, a Pac-10 Honorable Mention, was the top Dawg, scoring an average of 74.37 strokes per 18 holes, and had four top-10 finishes, including one third-place performance at the UNLV Spring Rebel Invitational.
Behind Alvarez in the Huskies' lineup was Molly Aronsson, who carded top-20 finishes in the last three regular season tournaments for the Huskies, including the team's highest finish of the season, No. 2, at the Lady Gator Invitational. And then the Huskies got a key contribution from freshman Sadena Parks, who played in more than half of the tournaments and stepped up at the NCAA Regional, placing in a tie for 20th.
"Sadena really started to figure it out at the end of the year and she played well at regionals," Mulflur said. "To have a freshman step into that situation and be your low player is pretty impressive."
And the best part for the Huskies is yet to come, as everyone is scheduled to return to Montlake with a new Husky Golf Center and a clearer inclination of what it takes to play for a national championship.