April 22, 2013
SooBin<!> Kim shot even-par golf in Monday's first round at the Pac-12 Championship and is tied for fifth.
VALENCIA, Calif. - Three Husky individuals are in the top 10 and Washington is third as a team after Monday's first round of the Pac-12 Women's Golf Championship at Valencia Country Club.
|T5||SooBin Kim (1)||72||72|
|T10||Charlotte Thomas (2)||73||73|
|T10||Ying Luo (3)||73||73|
|T25||Jennifer Yang (4)||75||75|
|T46||Cyd Okino (5)||79||79|
The fourth-seeded Huskies combined to shoot 5-over 293 in sunny and ideal conditions at the par 72 course in Los Angeles.
"I was really proud of them," 30th-year Coach Mary Lou Mulflur said of her team, which has finished no better than third in 26 previous Conference championships. "They hung tough. The golf course is hard and the greens were fairly quick, but I thought they got off to a good start."
The two Los Angeles schools lead the field. USC had all five of its golfers end day one among the top 10 and combined to shoot 8-under 280.
UCLA is second after shooting 2-over 290.
Arizona State is two strokes back of the Huskies and in fourth. Stanford is +10 and in fifth.
USC's Sophia Popov shot 66 and has a four stroke lead over teammate Annie Park. Two golfers, including UCLA sophomore and Silverdale, Wash. native Erynne Lee are tied for third at 1-under.
Husky sophomore SooBin Kim shot even-par 72 and is among five golfers tied for fifth. Kim had a clean scorecard on the front nine, but came out and bogeyed holes No. 10 and 13 to get to 2 over. She righted the ship on holes 15 and 16 with back-to-back birdies before finishing out with a pair of pars.
Thomas got her score down to as low as 2 under and remained the way through 12 holes before suffering through some hiccups on the course. She would bogey holes 13, 16 and 18 to end up at 73.
Luo was 1 under through 14 holes before having a skittish finish. She bogeyed holes 15 and 16, but was able to respond with a birdie on 17, before finishing with another bogey on 18.
Jennifer Yang shot a yeoman-like 75 to round out the Huskies' scoring in the play-five, count-four format. She weathered a tough early stretch that saw her go double-bogey, bogey and bogey from holes five through seven. But, she would play bogey-free golf over the final 11 holes and add a birdie on No. 10 to be the only Husky to shoot under par on the back nine.
Cyd Okino shot a non-counting 79. She started with a birdie - her only one of the day - but triple-bogeyed the second hole. She had five more bogeys during the round to end up +7.
"We feel good about the day. It's just a matter of going out and cleaning it up a little bit more tomorrow and then a little bit more after that," Mulflur said.
"Overall, you can't win after the first day, but you sure can shoot yourself out of it, and we certainly didn't do that."
The Pac-12 Women's Golf Championship continues on Tuesday. The Huskies will be paired with Arizona State and begin teeing off at 9:10 a.m. from hole No. 1.
|Course:Valencia CC: Pac-12 Tees Par 72 - 6300 Yards