Dawgs Conclude Season at NCAA Columbus Regionals
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The University of Washington women's golf team's season came to an end on Wednesday as the Huskies finished 12th at the NCAA Columbus Regionals with a 41-over 905 (296-316-293). Washington was led by freshman Stefanie Deng who tied for 33rd.
"It was nice to finish today with a better round," said head coach Mary Lou Mulflur. "We learned a lot about our team this week and can use that to build towards next year. We've been lucky to have Rino as part of our family these last four years. She had a very nice career as a Husky and is going to be missed."
Deng's best round of the three-day NCAA regional came on Wednesday as she finished with a 1-over 73 to climb seven spots on the leaderboard finishing tied for 33rd (9-over 225). The freshman's front nine was clean as she added one birdie on the 14th to make the turn at 1-under. She would add another birdie on her back nine but knocked in three bogeys to finish at 1-over 73.
Also making moves during the final day was senior Rino Sasaki who jumped 24 spots to tie for 41st thanks to a final round score of 1-under 71 which was a 13-stroke improvement from her round two total. In her best round of the tournament, Sasaki only made two errors on the day, a bogey on her first hole and another on her 16th. She added three birdies and made par on the remaining 13 to turn in a final scorecard of 11-over 227 (72-84-71).
Freshman Camille Boyd's best round was on Wednesday as well as she turned in an even-par 72. Boyd moved 23 spots up the leaderboard and finished tied for 45th with a 13-over 229 (77-80-72). Boyd's eight-stroke improvement from round two was done by three birdies to just three errors on the day.
Joining Boyd in a tie for 45th was junior Martha Lewis as she also finished with a 13-over 229 (76-76-77). Despite a rough start which saw Lewis get to four over after the first four holes, the junior responded with a birdie and just two more errors before closing the day with eight-straight pars. Rounding out the UW lineup was sophomore Brittany Kwon who placed 72nd with a 17-over 233 (73-83-77).
Georgia, Duke, Arizona State, Kentucky, Michigan and Kent State were the six teams that advanced out of the Columbus regional to the National Championships.