CORVALLIS – After a late start due to another rain delay, the No. 8 Husky women had another steady day at Pac-12 Championships, finishing with a round of 13-over 301 to place sixth. Washington had another solid round, but was unable to make up any ground again the loaded conference that includes six of the nation’s top-11 teams.
The Dawgs finished the weekend at 20-over 884, while No. 9 Stanford won the conference title at 5-over, one better than No. 11 Arizona. The Cardinal and Wildcats rankings were actually just fifth and sixth best in the conference, but they prevailed against the loaded field. No. 1 USC rebounded from a tough first round to finish third, while No. 2 UCLA placed fourth and No. 6 Arizona State was fifth.
Washington got its top overall finish from SooBin Kim after a final round of 4-over 76. Kim finished in a tie for 13th at 4-over 220 for the weekend. Kim made just two bogeys, but did not have a birdie and a double-bogey on the 17th holes dropped her out of the top-10.
The best final round for the Huskies came from Ying Luo as she fired an even-par 72. Luo made three birdies and three bogeys on the day to climb into a tie for 17th for the championship.
Charlotte Thomas also finished off a strong tournament, although she stumbled a bit in the final round. Thomas shot a 5-over 77 to place in the same tie for 17th as Luo at 5-over 221 for the championship.
The final scoring round for the Dawgs came from Jennifer Yang with a 4-over 76. Yang had been so solid all spring for the Dawgs, but was not at her best during the Pac-12 Championships. She finished tied for 37th for the tournament.
Senior Kelli Bowers finished with a round of 6-over 78. Bowers played very well over the first two days, but struggled a bit Sunday to drop back into a tie for 25th at 8-over.
The Dawgs will next compete at the NCAA West Regional on May 8-10. The NCAA will announce the regional assignments on Monday, but Washington is hosting the West Regional at Tumble Creek Golf Club at Suncadia Resort and thus knows its fate. The Dawgs find out their competition and seeding, but knows they will be staying home for the NCAA qualifier.