NEW ORLEANS – No. 4 Washington wrapped up the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate on Tuesday, shooting a round of 3-over 291. The Dawgs finished the tournament at 15-over in 11th place after 54 holes in two days at English Turn after the first round was postponed due to rain.
No. 2 UCLA had the best round of the day to hang on for a 6-stroke victory over No. 1 USC. The Bruins finished the week at 21-under, followed by the Trojans and No. 18 Florida who was third at 6-under and the only other team under par.
“We are struggling a little bit so far this spring,” said head coach Mary Lou Mulflur. “Honestly, I felt like this was our worst tournament of the year. It’s frustrating when you know you have a good team, but we don’t perform well.”
The Dawgs had a steady day with all five players around par, but nobody making a run up the leaderboard.
“I felt like the ball striking was pretty good,” said Mulflur. “We struggled to get the ball up and down from some pretty easy spots. Championship teams need to be able to execute those shots and not make bogeys.”
Freshman Eimi Koga led the Dawgs in the final round, firing the lone Washington round under par. She make four birdies and three bogey for a round of 1-under 71 to finish at 4-over and tied for 37th. Koga got it going near the end of her round to birdie four of five holes to get to 3-under, before two late bogeys.
“Eimi played really well,” said Mulflur. “She had a stretch where she got really hot so that was good to see. She is a good player.”
Washington’s top finisher for the week was Jennifer Yang who was tied for 22nd at 1-over for the tournament. She fired a final round 73, making two birdies and two bogeys. Yang finished nine strokes back of individual champion, Marta Sanz of Auburn who finished with a 68 to win by one stroke at 8-under.
Finishing in a tie for 45th was Charlotte Thomas who shot a final round of 2-over 74. Thomas was 5-over for the tournament, but did have the Dawgs low round of 70 in the second round.
Washington will have a quick turnaround as they travel to the El Caballero Country Club in Tarzana, Calif., to play in the Bruin Wave Invitational hosted by UCLA and Pepperdine. The Dawgs tee it up for 36 holes on March 3, before the final round of 18 holes on March 4.
“The quick turnaround is good,” said Mulflur. “Our girls are anxious to get back out there.”