NEW ORLEANS – No. 4 Washington played 36 holes Monday after the first round was postponed due to rain on Sunday. The Dawgs sit in 10th place at 12-over after rounds of 11-over 299 and 1-over 289.
Playing against another elite field, Washington is 26 shots off the lead set by No. 2 UCLA. The Bruins are 14-under for the week after breaking the tournament record with a round of 11-under 277 in the second round.
“It wasn’t our best today” said head coach Mary Lou Mulflur. "Obviously, we really struggled this morning. I saw a lot of good putts, but none of them went in. I felt like the girls were really prepared and ready to go yesterday so maybe the delay hurt us.”
No. 1 USC at 10-under and No. 18 Florida at 4-under are the only other teams under par. The rest of the top-10 is tightly bunched giving the Dawgs a good opportunity to climb the leaderboard during Tuesday’s final round.
“A lot of the teams that played well have played this tournament before,” said Mulflur. “I think we learned the course as the day wore on and played better in the afternoon because of it. Hopefully that means we will play even better tomorrow.”
Washington was led by Jennifer Yang who was her usual steady self, finishing the day at even par. Yang shot a round of 1-over 73, followed by a round of 1-under 71 where she went without a single bogey. Yang is tied for 18th, seven strokes off the lead set by Tonje Daffinrud of Denver and Erynne Lee of UCLA.
Also playing well was Charlotte Thomas who got off to a rough start with a round of 5-over 77, but followed it up with UW’s low round of the day, a 2-under 70. Thomas made five birdies in the second and sits in a tie for 37th.
“Charlotte really started to look more like herself in that second round,” said Mulflur.
“This is Eimi’s first tournament in the starting five since Sahalee in the fall,” said Mulflur. “She got off to a rough start with four early bogeys, but then played much better.”
Finally, Ying Luo is tied for 56th at 6-over. Luo had rounds of 5-over 76 and 2-over 74, playing 36 holes without a birdie.
The Dawgs will be back at it on Tuesday for the final round, beginning at 5 a.m., PST. Washington will tee off on holes 10, 11 and 12 as part of the shotgun start.