TANAGURA, Japan -- Washington women’s golf got the 2013-14 season off to a rousing start with a 50-stroke victory at the Topy Cup in Japan. The Dawgs shot a tournament record of 24-under par 280 to defeat second-place Oregon State and three Japanese universities.
The three-day total of 840 was the lowest in Washington women’s golf history, 10 strokes better than the previous record of 850 at the Stanford Intercollegiate in 2003. The 50-stroke margin of victory was also a Topy Cup record.
"What a great week by these guys,” said Mary Lou Mulflur. “They came in excited and just kept that energy all week."
“It was fun to watch the team battle for the individual win,” said Mulflur. “Charlotte once again came out on fire and basically won the tournament with her play on her first nine holes each day."
Thomas finished with a round of 3-under 69 and a three-day total of 7-under 209. It was tied for the fourth-best performance to par in Washington women’s golf history.
“I couldn't be happier for Charlotte," said Mulflur. I think she's the only player in our history to start each of her first two seasons with a win.”
Thomas also opened last season with a win, that time at the OSU Invitational in her first collegiate event.
Kim finished just one stroke out of the lead after a 4-under 68 on Thursday, the best round of the day. She settled for second, playing all three rounds under par for a three-day total of 6-under 210.
Cyd Okino finished in ninth place with a final round 71, her best of the tournament. Okino was 3-over for the event and had her score used for the first time in the final round.
The Dawgs will now have about a month off from competion, before welcoming an elite field for their home tournament, the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational. The two-day event will be October 8-9 at Sahalee Country Club.