Deng Shares Lead After Day One of Silverado Showdown
NAPA, Calif. – University of Washington women's golf freshman Stefanie Deng put together UW's best round of the season to kick off the opening day of the Silverado Showdown as she leads the field with a 5-under 67. After nearly a month since their last event, a win at the Juli Inkster Meadow Club, Washington as a team is in second place at 2-over 290.
"I was definitely encouraged by the play of our team today, especially after such a long break between events," said head coach Mary Lou Mulflur. "During the break I thought they worked really hard and kept the mindset to keep it rolling and it was good to see them pick up where they left off today. Stefanie was just solid, we just let her be and play out her round which was really impressive. Camille has just been rock solid and it's been good to see them take off. It was also good to see Brittany come around a little with her finish. This course suits us well and the team is starting to build more confidence with each round."
Deng's round was error free as she cruised to her best scorecard as a Husky. She was the only player out of 74 without one bogey or more on the day. Deng opened with a strong, solid start, making par on her first eight holes before turning up the heat with three-straight birdies over the next three.
Following another par on the 12th, she rattled off two more birdies and four more pars to close the round at 5-under 67, which ties the best score by a Husky this season but is the only round error-free round turned in by a Dawg this season. Additionally, it's the first scorecard without a blemish for UW since Rino Sasaki's third round (-4) at the 2019 NCAA Regionals on May 8 at Tumble Creek.
"I really liked how my swing felt today even though I'd been struggling with it so I'd say it's coming around and overall today was just really steady," said Deng. "This is the first bogey-free round of my career actually. Having the break between events was actually good to get my body back in shape and really just focus on everything I could do with my short game along with keeping my mindset in competitive mode."
Deng shares the individual lead with Oregon State's Ellie Slama as both are three strokes ahead of the tie for third.
Freshman Camille Boyd turned in Washington's next-best score as she sits at even-par 72 in a tie for ninth following round one. Despite a bogey on her first hole of the day, Boyd bounced back with birdies on two of the next three to get to 1-under. She would go on to add two more bogeys but closed her final seven holes at 1-under to get back to even.
Also finding herself in the top 15, is sophomore Brittany Kwon as she is tied for 13th with a 1-over 73. Kwon's up and down round featured four birdies that all followed a bogey on the previous hole. Senior Rino Sasaki is tied for 55th with her 6-over 78 while junior Martha Lewis is in a tie for 62nd at 7-over 79.
Washington currently sits two strokes behind team-leader UCLA at even-par and is one stroke ahead of the tie for third (USC and Oregon State) at 3-over.
The second round of the Silverado Showdown tees off Tuesday morning at 8 a.m.