PALOS VERDES, Calif. – No. 4 Washington finished off a grueling week at the Northrop Grumman Challenge with one of the best rounds of the day to move up to a tie for fourth. The Dawgs shot a round of 10-over 294 to finish at 29-over 881.
No. 1 USC took the tournament title at 14-over, while No. 3 Duke was the runner-up. No. 7 Arizona State had the best final round to jump into third place, while No. 2 UCLA tied the Dawgs in fourth.
"We came in ranked fourth so I guess we finished where we should have on paper," said head coach Mary Lou Mulflur. "Still, it was a little disappointing because we had another stretch today where we made some bigger numbers. We just haven't been able to string together a complete 18 holes."
"USC came back to the field a little bit today, so it was there for the taking. We would have had to play great, but I think our team is capable of that."
Washington got its best round of the week from Ying Luo who fired a 1-under 70. Luo made three birdies and just two bogey to vault into the top-10 overall. She finished at 3-over for the tournament in a tie for eighth. Annie Park of USC took the individual medalist honor, finishing at 6-under, seven strokes clear of the rest of the field.
Also with a high individual finish was Jennifer Yang who finished the week at 6-over. Yang shot a round of 4-over 75 on Tuesday, ending the tournament in a tie for 15th.
SooBin Kim shot her third consecutive round of 3-over 74, making five bogeys and two birdies. She finished the week at 9-over in a tie for 25th.
Playing her best round of the week was Kelli Bowers, carding 4-over 75. Bowers made three birdies and seven bogeys, but avoided any doubles that had plagued her in the first two rounds. She finished the week at 18-over in a tie for 62nd.
Finally, Charlotte Thomas had her score thrown out on Tuesday, but still completed a solid week at 12-over in a tie for 35th. She shot a round of 5-over 76, making a single birdie to go with four bogeys and a double.
"It wasn't the best week for SooBin or Charlotte," said Mulflur. "It says a lot about our team and the way Ying and Jen stepped up that we could still be in contention."
The Dawgs will next compete at the Allstate Sugarbowl Intercollegiate, beginning on February 23 in New Orleans. Washington will again test itself against an elite field as they prepare for championship season in April and May.