TULSA, Okla. — On a tough day when par was a good score at Tulsa Country Club, the No. 6 University of Washington women finished the first round of the NCAA Women’s Golf Championships tied for eighth place among 24 teams, 11 shots behind leader Oklahoma, ranked No. 7.
Washington, led by 4-over 74s by Charlotte Thomas and Ying Luo, was at 19-over 299. Second-ranked UCLA was second at 11 over, followed by a three-way tie for third at 13 over that included top-ranked USC, third-ranked Duke and No. 5 Arizona State.
Just seven of 126 players were under par. There was a three-way tie atop the leaderboard, with USCs Doris Chen, Denver’s Tonje Daffinrud and Stanford’s Lauren Kim at 3 under.
Already a tough course, the winds kicked up to over 30 mph and scoring suffered.
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“It was so hard out there,” said UW coach Mary Lou Mulflur. “It really was about surviving. The wind has just made it so difficult. Being one of the last teams out was tough. Usually the wind dies down in the afternoon, but today it just didn’t.
“We need to know we are still in it. It’s not like anyone is running away with it. It’s still anybody’s golf tournament.”
Thomas had one birdie and five bogeys and was tied for 28th.
“It was a grind-it-out kind of day,” said Thomas. “If you get a couple of birdies along the way, they feel like eagles and are a bonus.”
Jennifer Yang shot a 75 for UW. Yang was tied for 41st after an up-and-down day that included birdies on both par 5s, but five bogeys and a double bogey. Yang did have it going with the putter, making several long putts.
The final score kept was a 6-over 76 from SooBin Kim. Kelli Bowers shot an 80.
From team reports