SAMMAMISH, Wash. -- Washington women's golf opens its 2013-14 season in the United States this week when they host the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational at Sahalee Country Club. The Dawgs earned a historic season-opening win at the Topy Cup in Japan, but now return to the regular collegiate schedule.
Washington and 12 other teams will play 36 holes, beginning Tuesday, Oct. 8, with a final round of 18 holes on Wednesday, Oct. 9. The Dawgs are the top-ranked team in the field according to the Golfweek rankings. Washington is the nation's second-ranked team, while other top-50 teams include No. 11 Stanford, No. 20 California, No. 31 Oregon, No. 36 Colorado and No. 49 UC Davis. The rest of the field incldues, Columbia, Gonzaga, Long Beach State, San Francisco, San Jose State, UCF and Washington State.
The Dawgs lineup includes SooBin Kim, Charlotte Thomas, Ying Luo, Monica Huang and Eimi Koga. In addition, Kelli Bowers and Cyd Okino will play as individuals. Jennifer Yang is away from the team playing in Stage II of the LPGA Qualifying School.
Thomas is coming off an individual win at the Topy Cup, leading the Dawgs to a 50-stroke win over the rest of the field. She was just one-shot better than teammate Kim, who placed second at the tournament. Luo also played well, tying for third in the same tournament.
Huang will be making her season debut, while Koga will be playing in her first collegiate tournament.
Washington will be defending the tournament title for the first time this season. Last season, the Dawgs won the Edean Ihlanfeldt title for the first time, ending a 31-year drought at their own tournament.
The Dawgs tee off the first hole beginning at 8:25 a.m. with five consecutive groups. Washington hopes to finish the day at or near the top of the leaderboard and be part of the last groups off on Wednesday, which will be designated for the leaders.
Live scoring throughout the tournament is available on golfstat.com.