Head Women's Golf Coach Mary Lou Mulflur
In the history of the Husky women's golf team, two individuals stand out as the cornerstones for the program. The first is Edean Ihlanfeldt, the namesake of the Huskies' annual fall tournament. She was Washington's first coach. So dedicated to seeing women have an opportunity to compete on the intercollegiate level, Ihlanfeldt never accepted a paycheck for her efforts. She funneled her salary back into the program. The second is current head coach Mary Lou Mulflur, who is in her 30th season in 2012-13 directing the Huskies.
A player for Ihlanfeldt, Mulflur's passion and commitment to Husky golf makes her former mentor proud. Mulflur's dedication, teaching skills and fundraising abilities have allowed her to build the Husky program into one of the nation's most competitive teams on an annual basis. The 2010-11 Huskies returned to the NCAA Championship for the first time in five season. Their 16th place finish at Texas A&M's Traditions Course tied for the team's sixth-best finish at the Championship.
In 2006, the Huskies matched a school-record with a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Championships, its second Top-10 finish in three years and third overall. Senior Paige Mackenzie led the way, winning Washington's first individual Pac-10 title and the second-ever NCAA West Regional title. Mackenzie also notched her second-straight Top-10 NCAA finish with an eighth-place standing. Mackenzie culminated her career with her second-straight All-America honor.
In 2005, the Huskies placed 14th at the NCAA Championships, with Mackenzie recording Washington's first ever top 10 NCAA finish. She placed 10th and received honorable mention All-America honors after the season. The 2005 season was the 13th consecutive year the Huskies advanced to the NCAA Regional Championships. Washington has competed at the Regionals all but one year since its inception in 1993.
In 2004, Washington experienced one of its greatest campaigns, finishing sixth at the NCAA Championships. It was the highest finish ever by a UW team at the NCAAs. The Huskies were led by Mackenzie, who placed 11th at the national championships and was named a second-team All-American. Classmate Sung Ea Lee was named an honorable mention All-American. In Mulflur's tenure at Washington, six Huskies have earned All-America honors a total of 10 times.
In 2001, Mulflur led Washington to a 16th-place finish at the NCAA Championships. At the time, it was the best showing by a Husky team at the national championships. UW's 2002 NCAA Championships appearance was the fifth by the Huskies over a stretch of eight years. That season the Huskies won the Oregon Duck Invitational and the Peg Barnard California Collegiate, and tied for fifth at the Pac-10 Championships.
Mulflur's players have also achieved in the classroom. Mackenzie was named to the National Golf Coaches Association's All-Scholar Team three-straight seasons. During Mulflur's tenure, 12 UW golfers have earned the distinction on 23 occasions. Twice during Mulflur's career she has been named the Pac-10 Conference Coach of the Year. The first time she received the honor was in 1988. She picked up the award for the second time in 1999.
In 1995, Mulflur directed the Huskies to their first team NCAA Finals appearance on the strength of a sixth-place finish in the NCAA West Regional. In 1988, the UW had its best Pac-10 finish ever, placing third in the conference tournament. That year brought Mulflur her first Pac-10 Coach of the Year award. Mulflur has coached several Husky players who have gone on to play professionally or coach. Nancy Kessler-McDaniel, who played at UW from 1984 to 1988, went on to play professionally and is now the head coach at California. Former Husky All-American Kelli Kamimura is the head coach at Washington State University.
Currently playing in the LPGA are Mulflur products Mackenzie and Louise Friberg. Both former Huskies played together at the 2008 SBS Open at Turtle Bay, marking the first time two UW alumni have played in the same LPGA event. Friberg won on the LPGA tour in 2005 in Mexico with a final round 65. 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.
The Portland, Ore., native went on to earn four letters as a Husky. 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. While attending Grant High School in Portland, 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 graduated from Washington in 1980 with a degree in speech communications. She is a former vice-president of the National Golf Coaches Association and served on the LPGA SAFECO Classic Advisory Board.
She currently serves as a member of the NCAA Division I Women's Golf Committee. She appears annually as a celebrity player in several local golf events and fundraisers. In October of 2004, Mulflur was inducted into the PIL Hall of Fame in Portland. And in 2006 she was inducted into the Grant High School Hall of Fame. This past December she was awarded the NGCA Founders Award which honors a coach who has made significant contributions to the sport during the year.