MAUI, Hawai’i – No. 7 Washington is off to a hot start at the Anuenue Spring Break Classic, tying No. 8 Pepperdine for the first-round lead at 2-over 290. Kelli Bowers highlighted the day for the Dawgs, acing the 12th hole, while Ying Luo is tied for the individual lead.
“It was a decent day for us,” said head coach Mary Lou Mulflur. “We didn’t get off to a great start, but I was proud how they hung in there. It was very windy today so that made for tough conditions. I was thought they showed great effort. Ying finished really strong and overall I am pleased with the way we played.”
The Dawgs and Waves are six strokes clear of the rest of the field with San Jose State currently third at 8-over.
Bowers ace came on the 165-yard 12th hole as a part of a round of 2-over 74. She sits in a tie for 12th with teammate SooBin Kim who also shot a 74. Kim had an up and down round that included four birdies, but also for bogeys and a double.
Luo had the Dawgs best round, making four birdies and two bogeys, on route to a 2-under 70. She is tied with Betty Chen of UC Davis and defending champion Grace Na of Pepperdine for the overall lead. Luo birdied three of her final seven holes to catapult of the leaderboard.
Also playing well and just two back of the lead is Jennifer Yang. Yang shot a round of even-par 70 and is tied for sixth place. She eagled the par-5 15th and added two other birdies.
Eimi Koga completed the Huskies lineup on Monday with a round of 7-over 79. Playing in her home state, Koga is tied for 52nd after the first round.
Washington will be back in action on Tuesday for the second round of the Anuenue Classic from Kapalua’s Bay Course.
“Obviously we’ll need to get off to a better start, but if we can do that we are in a good spot, said Mulflur.”