STANFORD, Calif. – Washington women’s golf got off to a hot start at the Stanford Intercollegiate hosted by Condoleezza Rice, firing a round of 2-under 282. The Dawgs sit in second place, six strokes back of first-round leader USC.
“It was nice to bounce back and be a little more like our normal self,” said head coach Mary Lou Mulflur. “I think we wanted to get that bad taste out of our mouth after not performing up to our expectations at the last tournament at Sahalee. “
The Dawgs are one stroke better than Stanford and Oregon who are tied for third at 1-under.
Charlotte Thomas led Washington, shooting her best collegiate round with a 3-under 71. The Husky sophomore had previously shot 69 a several occasions, but finally broke through with her first collegiate 68. Thomas made four birdies, before finally bogeying the 15th for her only blemish on the scorecard. Thomas is tied for second overall, two strokes behind first round leader Sophia Popov of USC.
Also under par for the Huskies were SooBin Kim and Kelli Bowers who is playing as an individual. Both are tied for 11th after a round of 1-under 70. Kim bogeyed two of the first six holes, but played the rest of the round 3-under, including birdies on 16 and 17. Bowers returned after withdrawing from the Edean Ihlandfeldt Invitational with back spasms to make a team-best six birdies.
“We didn’t make as many birdies as we normally do,” said Mulflur. “There are more out there the rest of the tournament.”
Washington’s other scoring golfers Jennifer Yang and Ying Lou who each fired rounds of 1-over 72. Yang made three bogeys on the front nine, but responded with two birdies and no bogeys on the back. Luo played a stead round that included just two bogeys and one birdie. Each is tied for 22nd overall heading into round two.
Finally, Cyd Okino rounded out the Husky squad with a round of 3-over 74 and is tied for 45th. She doubled-bogeyed the ninth to spoil and otherwise steady round.
The Dawgs will be back in action on Saturday for the second round of the Stanford Intercollegiate. Washington hopes to close the gap towards USC, while staying clear of the rest of a stellar field.