Huskies Shoot ‘Best, Complete Round’ To Open Pac-12 Preview
KAILUA-KONA, HAWAI'I – The Washington women's golf team opened the Pac-12 Preview with a first-round score of 1-under 291 at Nanea Golf Club on Monday and are third out of 12 teams competing on the Big Island of Hawai'i.
The Huskies had a slow start to their day at the par-73 course, but got on a birdie roll in the middle of their round to work their way near the top of the leaderboard. When the dust finally settled, UW was three shots off the lead.
"I am proud of the way the team battled back after a tough start to our day," Husky coach Mary Lou Mulflur said following her team's round. "We got on a nice roll and they were able to make lots of birdies. They also hung in there when the wind picked up.
It was our best, complete round of the year."
No. 1 ranked Stanford showed off its depth shooting a 4-under 288, despite playing without four golfers, including the world's top amateur, Rose Zhang. No. 22 ranked USC is second at -2.
The Huskies lead No. 5 Oregon (E) by one shot.
USC's Katherine Muzie leads the 60-person field after an opening 5-under 68.
The five Huskies are all within three shots of each other. They were led by sophomore Camille Boyd once again. She has been the Huskies' top finisher in each of their three tournaments this fall. She put herself in position to make it four-straight tourneys as the top Dawg by opening with a 2-under 71, good enough to sit tied for sixth on the leaderboard.
Teeing off from No. 12 in a shotgun-format, Boyd opened birdie-birdie. She bogeyed No. 15, but answered back with a birdie on No. 16. She would go on to record one more birdie and one more bogey.
Stefanie Deng and Jamie Hsieh each fired even-par rounds of 73 and are tied for 11th. Deng had a team-high six birdies during the round and Hsieh had the second most with five. Both battled back from being 2-over during the day to get back to even-par.
Winnie Ng recorded the other counting score for the team, shooting a 1-over 74. She is tied for 25th after battling back from an early double bogey and getting her round to as low as 1-under though 11 holes.
Brittany Kwon is tied for 27th after shooting an opening 75 (+2). She was 2-over after her opening four holes and worked her way back to get even through 15 holes. As the wind picked up, she had to count a couple of bogeys to end the round.
The Huskies tee it back up on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. PT. and will be paired with Stanford, USC and Oregon.