Huskies Tie For 8th At Pac-12 Women's Golf Championship
April 29, 2012
While Jennifer Yang led the Huskies with a final round 69 at the par-72, 6,200-yard Palouse Ridge Golf Course, it was SooBin Kim that finished highest among Husky competitors, tying for 12th at +6. Kim shot 75 on Sunday and Cyd Okino shot 77, the third best round by a Husky.
Kim entered the final round 3-over par and tied for 5th. She had five bogeys and two birdies on the final day. Despite dropping a few notches in the standings, Husky Coach Mary Lou Mulflur was impressed with her freshman's composure.
"It was such a great experience for her to be in that situation as a freshman," she said. "I thought she handled herself very well. A couple putts here and there and it might have been a different outcome. She definitely didn't have her best day, but she battled. She made some clutch putts when she had to.
"I was just really proud of her and I know that her experience today is going to help her down the road next time that happens."
Kim finished five shots behind Pac-12 Champion Doris Chen of USC. Chen was +1 to finish one stroke better than Tiffany Lua of UCLA and Giulia Molinaro of Arizona State.
Yang was the only other Husky to earn a top-25 finish. The high school teammate of Kim tied for 25th after shooting 8-over 225 in the Championship. Most importantly, her stellar final round 69 that featured five birdies and just two bogeys.
"I'm excited for her because we all know she is a really good, solid player," Mulflur said. "She has had glimpses of that with parts of her rounds, so I was glad to see her finish the deal today and have a really great round.
"That momentum going into regionals should really help her."
Sadena Parks was third among all Huskies, five shots behind Yang. Parks shot 79 in the final round to end up at 230 and +14 overall. She tied for 39th.
Okino tied for 44th at +16 for the tournament. Kelli Bowers tied for 53rd at +26.
California won the team championship by one shot over USC. Cal's Joanne Lee birded 18 to give the Golden Bears a one shot advantage over USC with one hole to go. Daniela Holmqvist then finished the tournament with a par on 18 in the final pairing to seal the win for Cal.
Former Husky golfer Nancy (Kessler) McDaniel led Cal to their second-ever championship and first since 2003.
Arizona was third at +20 and No. 1 ranked UCLA was fourth at +21. Arizona State was fifth at +23 and Colorado sixth at +24. Stanford ended up +36 and 7th.
Oregon State was 11th behind UW, WSU and Oregon at +53.
"We obviously feel like we could do a lot better," Mulflur said of her team's finish.
"But now it's a clean slate for everybody. Everybody is tied for first going into regionals and it is nice to have a whole new start."
The field for the NCAA regionals will be announced on Monday at 3:00 p.m. PT. Penn State Golf Course, The Ohio State University Golf Club and Colorado Nationals Golf Club will host to the three regional sites.