MAUI, Hawai’i – No. 10 Washington finished as the runner-up at the Anuenue Spring Break Classic as No. 15 Pepperdine took the tournament title. The Dawgs fired a round of 11-over 299 to finish at 14-over 879 and nine strokes back of the Waves.
“I am really disappointed today,” said head coach Mary Lou Mulfur. “Our effort was just not what it needs to be. We came out flat and just didn’t recover. It wasn’t any one individual or any one hole; it just seemed that they weren’t focused on winning.”
“It was just a really frustrating day for me because I know how talented they are. We didn’t play up to our capabilities or our expectations. Now, it’s back to the drawing board to see if we can recover.”
Pepperdine’s final round of 6-over 293 was the low of day and good enough to take the title. The Dawgs finished as the runner-up for a second-straight season, ending up 11 strokes better than third-place UC Davis.
Jennifer Yang continued her excellent spring, firing a final round of even-par 72 to finish third overall. Yang made four birdies and four bogeys on the day. She finished at 1-under and 10 strokes back of individual medalist Grace Na of Pepperdine.
Also finishing off a great tournament was Ying Luo who shot a round of 3-over 75 on Wednesday. Luo ended up fourth a 1-over for the week. Luo got off to a rough start, getting to 6-over after 10 holes, but righted the ship and finished with three birdies and no bogeys over the final eight.
Finishing in tie for sixth after also shooting a 3-over 75 was SooBin Kim. The junior completed the week at 3-over 219 after making five bogeys and two birdies in the final round.
The final scorer for the Dawgs was Kelli Bowers who finished at 5-over 77. Bowers completed the week tied for 26th at 12-over.
Eimi Koga fired a round of 6-over 78 and finished tied for 55th.
The Dawgs will be back at it next weekend, traveling to Tempe, Ariz., to play in the PING ASU Invitational. The tournament begins Friday, April 4 and continues through Sunday, April 6.