TEMPE, Ariz. – Washington finished off a good weekend in the desert, finishing tied for second at the PING/ASU Invitational. The Dawgs fired a final round of 4-under 284 to finish the weekend at 5-under 859.
“It was a good weekend for us,” said head coach Mary Lou Mulflur. “Everyone contributed and did their share. We felt like we let a little bit get away from us yesterday, but it was nice to see the team rebound today.”
No. 7 South Carolina took the tournament title, finishing at 11-under, while No. 6 Arizona State and No. 3 Duke tied the Dawgs in second, six back of the Gamecocks. Just four teams finished under par as Washington was well ahead of Pac-12 rivals, No. 9 Arizona, No. 2 UCLA and No. 8 Stanford who finished fifth through seventh, respectively.
“This is our best finish at this event,” said Mulflur. “It was a stacked field just like it always is at this tournament. We had the low round of the day again today, so doing that twice in a tournament (also the first round) is good to see.”
The Dawgs were led by a big day from Ying Luo, who finished with a final round of 3-under 69. Luo made six birdies on the day, including four over the final seven holes to help the Dawgs catch up to Arizona State and Duke. Luo finished the week tied for 20th at 2-over, battling back on Sunday after being under the weather for the Saturday’s second round.
Washington’s top overall finisher was once again Jennifer Yang as she continued her great play. Yang shot a final round of ever-par 72 to finish tied for eighth at 2-under for the tournament. Yang also finished well, making two birdies over the final five holes as the Dawgs charged up the leaderboard.
The other top-10 for Washington was SooBin Kim, who tied for 10th at 1-under for the tournament. Kim was not at her best on Sunday, having her score thrown out after shooting a 4-over 76.
Picking up the slack for Kim were Charlotte Thomas and Kelli Bowers. Thomas had her best round of the tournament, a 2-under 70 that included three birdies and just a single bogey. Bowers fired a round of 1-over 73, including a big birdie on the par-5 17th that the Dawgs needed to climb into the tie for second overall. For the week, Thomas was tied for 20th at 2-over, while Bowers was tied for 33rd at 5-over.
Next up for the Dawgs will be the final tournament of the spring before getting into championship play. The Huskies will travel to Napa, Calif., to take part in the Silverado Invitational on April 14 and 15.