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UW 12th After First Round Of NCAA Central Regional
Release: 05/09/2013
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May 9, 2013

SooBin<!> Kim is tied for 12th after the first round of the NCAA Central Regional at Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club.


NCAA Central Regional

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NORMAN, Okla. -- Washington fired a first round total of 6-over 294 in the NCAA Women's Golf Central Region at the University of Oklahoma's Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club on Thursday and are tied for 12th on the team leaderboard.

T12 Washington 294 294
T13 SooBin Kim (1) 71 71
T35 Ying Luo (4) 73 73
T48 Jennifer Yang (3) 74 74
T77 Charlotte Thomas (2) 76 76
T77 Cyd Okino (5) 76 76

The Huskies were led by first team All-Pac-12 selection SooBin Kim, who was the only UW golfer to shoot under par. The sophomore shot 1-under 71 at the 6,298 course and sits tied for 13th among individuals. Oklahoma's Emily Collins shot 67 and leads Florida's Elcin Ulu by one shot.

The team lead belongs to Florida after the Gators combined to shoot 6-under 282. Host Oklahoma is one shot behind in second and the region's top seed Duke is third at -4. They are the only three teams under par after day one.

The top eight teams from each of three regions advance to the NCAA Championship, May 21-24 at the University of Georgia Golf Course. There are 54 holes of actions at each region played today through Saturday.

If the fourth-seeded Huskies are going to get themselves above the eight-team cutline, they will have to eliminate three-putts, according to UW Coach Mary Lou Mulflur. She estimated the team had eight three putts.

"That's the difference between a mediocre, average round and what could have been a pretty good round," the Huskies' 30th-year head coach said.

"We're only 12 shots back of the lead and overall that's a pretty manageable number. We feel like we can make a move tomorrow and close that gap."

The Huskies were part of a morning wave that saw the top 12 seeds play and started the round on the 10th tee. The Huskies had more success on their first nine holes, with the five combining to make the turn at +4. The second nine was tougher for the team as they combined to shoot 6-over.

Mulflur and her team had never played on the Sooners' home course before, so Thursday was a little bit of a feeling out process for the Huskies.

"The greens are really big on the back and are pretty small on the front. It's almost like they were different courses," Mulflur said. "Neither side was more difficult than the other. It was fair on both sides."

Kim led the Huskies with four birdies and had a team low three bogeys. She was -2 after four holes before giving strokes back on No.'s 16 and 1. She remained even until back-to-back birdies on No.'s 7 and 8. Unfortunately, she ended with a bogey on the par-4 closing ninth hole.

Kim was not alone by struggling on the 9th hole. Jennifer Yang both closed their rounds with bogeys.

Fortunately, freshman Ying Luo closed her morning with a birdie on the final hole. That put her 1 over on the day with a 73. She is second among Huskies, tied for 35th.

Yang is third among UW players after she shot 74. The sophomore is tied for 48th.

Sophomore Cyd Okino and the freshman Thomas each shot 76 (+4) and are tied for 77th in the 126 player field.

The Huskies will have a chance to get plenty of rest tonight and tomorrow morning. Washington is scheduled to be among the last groups teeing off at 12:56 p.m. CT (10:56 a.m. PT) from the No. 1 tees, paired with Arizona State and UC Davis.

Course:Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club: Championship Tees     Par 72 - 6298 Yards
team scoring rounds total
to par thru today 1
9 Florida
-6 F   -6 282 282
4 Oklahoma
-5 F   -5 283 283
3 Duke
-4 F   -4 284 284
45 TCU
+2 F   +2 290 290
27 Michigan State
+3 F   +3 291 291
16 UC Davis
+3 F   +3 291 291
  Mississippi State
+4 F   +4 292 292
15 Arizona State
+4 F   +4 292 292
+4 F   +4 292 292
+4 F   +4 292 292
39 Coastal Carolina
+5 F   +5 293 293
28 Iowa State
+6 F   +6 294 294
10 Washington
+6F  +6294294T12
22 NC State
+6F  +6294294T15
21 Texas Tech
+8F  +8296296T15
33 SMU
+8F  +829629617
41 Wake Forest
+11F  +11299299T18
34 Campbell
+13F  +13301301T18
  Illinois State
+13F  +1330130120
+14F  +14302302T21
46 Gonzaga
+15F  +15303303T21
+15F  +1530330323
+17F  +1730530524
+24F  +24312312
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