A UW Women’s Golf alum pays forward her formative Husky experience
With her roots in Portland, Oregon, and a family full of Ducks, Big W Club member and Women’s Golf alum Molly Boyle jokes that her parents wanted better for her and her brother — which is why they attended the University of Washington.
A multisport athlete, Molly began golfing around the age of six. But by the time she reached high school, other sports just weren’t making the cut. “I doubled down on Golf. I loved competing and meeting new friends and knew I wanted to continue playing.”
When asked what was most special about her time at UW, the 2009 graduate shares, “I don’t know if I can sum everything up into words” — a sentiment that many whose lives have been touched by this university and athletics program share.
“UW Golf helped me learn a lot about myself, how to work with others, manage my time and succeed in my professional life. We had a lot of responsibilities between traveling to competitions, missing classes, getting schoolwork done and following up with professors. Navigating this new environment while living away from home for the first time was where I learned to hold myself accountable.”
Having benefited so much from her time at UW, Molly knew that she wanted to give back somehow. When the Mighty Are the Women Title IX Fund was launched this year as part of our yearlong celebration, she jumped at the chance to support UW women’s teams and female student-athletes.
She shares, “Empowering women is really important to me. I have a daughter, and I want to be a part of enabling people to have these experiences. UW is just a fantastic environment. Every person I met in college made an impact on me.”
This includes her coach, Mary Lou Mulflur, who is still with the program today. “She was a great role model and leader,” explains Molly. “Without her, my experience would not have been the same. My friendship with her is also a big part of my continued engagement.”
If you’re thinking about donating, Molly says, “Don’t think, just do it. The environment that the university fosters for student-athletes is genuine and amazing.”
“It has nothing to do with me. It has everything to do with UW. That’s what captured me. And that’s what’s continued to make me support women’s athletic programs here at the University of Washington.”