NCAA Championships Up Next For No. 6 Washington
THE DAWGS AT THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Huskies will compete in their 12th NCAA Championships in program history, May 20-23, at the Tulsa Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Dawgs will look to improve on an all-time best finish of sixth place, accomplished in both 2004 and 2006. Washington enters the week at the sixth-ranked team in the country after finishing second at the NCAA West Regional last week in Suncadia, Wash. The 24-team NCAA field includes 19 teams ranked in the top-25, including seven from the Pac-12. This is the first NCAA Finals for the Dawgs since 2011 when the team finished 16th. Kelli Bowers is the only remaining player left from that squad. She led the Huskies with a T-26th as a freshman and now returns for her second NCAA’s.
Mary Lou Mulflur will send a talented and experienced group to Tulsa to play in the NCAA Championships. It will be the same lineup the placed second at Regionals and sixth at the Pac-12 Championships. Four of the Husky players are ranked in the top-60 in the golfstat.com rankings, including Jennifer Yang and SooBin Kim who are currently 19st and 21st. Kim has been the Huskies hottest player, finishing as the NCAA West Regional runner-up in her last tournament. She won the final regular season event, the Silverado Invitational and then led the Huskies with a 13th-place finish at Pac-12’s. Yang is second on the team with six top-10’s and was the Dawgs top finisher in four-straight tournaments at one point this spring. Also with national rankings are Charlotte Thomas and Ying Luo. Thomas is currently ranked 28th and is third on the team with a 72.85 scoring average. She is coming off a final round at regionals where she was the only player to break par on a difficult windy day. Luo is ranked 66th and has three top-10 finishes for the Huskies this season. She made the NCAA Championships last season as an individual, placing T-50th. Bowers is the only Husky with NCAA team experience and is coming off a T-39th at regionals.
UW IN 2013-14
Washington has been consistently in contention this season, including two tournament victories. The Dawgs opened the fall season with a historic 50-stroke victory at the Topy Cup in Japan, but then did not win again until mid-April with an impressive 13-stroke win at the Silverado Invitational against a field that included top-ranked USC. Overall, the Dawgs have eight top-three finishes, including last week’s runner-up spot at the NCAA West Regional. Individually, Thomas opened the season with a win at the Topy Cup in Japan, while Kim won at at the Silverado Invitational. In addition to the wins, Kim has two runner-ups, Yang has a pair of third-place finishes and Luo also has a third.
Tulsa Country Club’s original 18 hole golf course was designed by A.W. Tillinghast in 1920. The course was redesigned and opened on July 1st, 2011 by Rees Jones. For the NCAA Championships, the course will play to a par 70 and measure 6,194 yards.