PALOS VERDES, Calif. – No. 4 Washington had another solid round at the Northrop Grumman Challenge and currently sits in sixth place at 19-over after two rounds at the Palos Verdes Golf Club. The Dawgs fired a round of 11-over 295 and are in a group of teams fighting for second, trailing No. 1 USC who has built a sizeable lead.
The Trojans are the only team under par, leading by 14 strokes after a round of 5-under 279. No. 2 UCLA is in second at 13-over for the week, three strokes better than No. 3 Duke. Baylor sits in fourth just two strokes better than UW, while No. 13 Arizona is one stroke ahead of the Dawgs.
Washington is seven strokes clear of the next team and hopes to climb the leaderboard in Tuesday’s final round. Despite being in sixth, the Huskies are closer to second than seventh due to the tight bunching at the top.
“It was tough out there today,” said head coach Mary Lou Mulflur. “The wind really picked up, which I though made the course two or two and half strokes tougher than yesterday. Really I think we played a little better than yesterday even though our score was higher.”
Individually, Jennifer Yang continues to lead the Dawgs as she sits in a tie for 11th at 2-over for the tournament. Yang was steady in her second round, making just two bogeys, but also went without a birdie. She is 10 shots off the blistering pace set by Annie Park of USC who is 8-under and five strokes clear of the rest of the field.
“Jen has just been as steady as can be,” said Mulflur. “To make 16 pars and just two bogeys in those conditions speaks volumes about how she manages her game.”
Also playing well on Monday was Ying Luo who matched Yang’s 73. She made three bogeys and a birdie for her second-straight round of 2-over and sits in a tie for 17th at 4-over 146.
SooBin Kim had the best round of the day going for the Dawgs, birdieing the 12th to get to 1-under for the day, before making four bogeys over the last six holes to finish with a 74. Kim is now 6-over for the tournament and tied for 27th.
The final scoring golfer on Monday was Charlotte Thomas who shot a round of 4-over 75. Thomas is now 7-over for the tournament and tied for 29th.
Kelli Bowers made two birdies on the final three holes to help salvage a round of 9-over 80. She is tied for 68th at 14-over for the tournament.
Washington will be back at it on Tuesday for the final round from Palos Verdes. The Dawgs are in good position to gain ground on the elite field with some low scores.
“We just need to start playing with more confidence,” said Mulflur. “If we can do that the scores will take care themselves.”