Yoon Leads Huskies After Pac-10 Championships Opening Round
April 23, 2007
SEATTLE - Washington freshman Christina Yoon shot a career-low 1-over 73 to lead the Husky contingent in the first round of the Pac-10 Women's Golf Championships hosted by UW at Broadmoor Golf Club in Seattle, Monday. Yoon is tied for fourth in the individual standings, six strokes behind leader Anna Nordqvist of Arizona State. As a team, Washington finished the day in seventh place carding a 25-over 313.
Led by Nordqvist, the nation's second-ranked player as a just a freshman who shot a 4-under 68 in the first round, the top-seeded Sun Devils jumped out to an early six-stroke lead in the team race at 9-over 297. Chasing ASU are USC at 15-over 303 and UCLA at 17-over 305.
Including Yoon, the Huskies had two players finish among the top-10 individuals in first round action with senior Amber Prange carding a 3-over 75 to tie for ninth. Despite moving up from a ninth-place seeding to seventh place after the first round, UW head coach Mary Lou Mulflur thought her team still has much to improve upon.
'Well it was frustrating, it didn't go too well,' Mulflur commented on her team's opening round performance. 'I feel like we hit the ball better and played better than we scored. That is always disappointing. If anything we were a little too pumped up about being at home in the conference tournament. They battled hard and I know we'll have a better day tomorrow.'
The bright spot for the Huskies was Yoon, who started the tournament playing fourth in the UW lineup and will tee off as Washington's leader in the second round.
'Christina played well today,' Mulflur said. 'She struggled mightily all spring and man she came out strong today. I felt she did a spectacular job.'
Rounding out Washington's other competitors were freshman Molly Boyle who shot a 10-over 82 (tied for 34th), as well as junior Kim Shin and freshman Molly Aronsson who carded identical rounds of 11-over 83 (tied for 36th).
'We did so many things well today, so we really just wanted to focus on those things and what we can do to get better,' Mulflur said regarding the team's outlook heading into the second round. 'Their spirits are good and this team hasn't given up once all year. They have battled and battled all year and I expect that to continue in the next couple of days.'
Nordqvist and Stanford's Mari Chun were the two players to finish the first round under par. Chun finished the day at 1-under 71. USC's Paola Moreno is in third carding an even-par 72 followed by UW's Yoon who is tied with Cal's Allison Goodman.
The Pac-10 Championships continue on Tuesday with second round action at Broadmoor set to tee off at 9 a.m. Washington will be paired with Washington State and will tee off at 10:04 a.m. from the 10th hole. The final round of the tournament takes place Wednesday. Admission to the public is free.
2007 Pac-10 Women's Golf Championships
Broadmoor Golf Course; Seattle, Wash.
Par 72, 6,196-yards
April 23-25, 2007
Team Results - First Round1. Arizona State 297, +92. USC 303, +153. UCLA 305, +174. Stanford 309, +214. Arizona 309, +216. California 312, +247. Washington 313, +258. Washington State 317, +299. Oregon 324, +3610. Oregon State 329, +41
Top-10 Individuals 1. Anna Nordqvist, Arizona State 68, -42. Mari Chun, Stanford 71, -13. Paola Moreno, USC 72, E4. Christina Yoon, Washington 73, +14. Allison Goodman, California 73, +16. Sydnee Michaels, UCLA 74, +26. Tiffany Joh, UCLA 74, +26. Sophia Janer, California 74, +29. Alison Walshe, Arizona 75, +39. Amber Prange, Washington 75, +39. Dewi Schreefel, USC 75, +3