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Washington coach Mary Lou Mulflur figures there are about six to eight teams good enough to win the NCAA women’s golf championships, a four-round event with 24 teams that begins Tuesday at the Tulsa (Okla.) Country Club.

And, in borrowing a phrase from Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, the mantra for the Washington women has been “Why not us?”

The sixth-ranked Huskies certainly seem capable. A week ago they were second in the NCAA West Regional at Tumble Creek Club at Suncadia Resort outside Cle Elum, losing by just a shot to top-ranked USC.

“I think we are playing very well, and they know that they are too,” Mulflur said. “It’s about staying patient, staying in the moment and not worrying about the past or the future. It’s a long week. This is a marathon.”

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It is the only four-round event of the year for UW, which has finished as high as sixth in this event.

Senior Kelli Bowers, juniors SooBin Kim and Jennifer Yang and sophomores Charlotte Thomas and Ying Luo will represent Washington. The top four scores count each day.

The Huskies entered last spring as the No. 1 team in the country, then failed to make it to the NCAA championships.

Mulflur said she thinks that experience helped her team this year.

“I think we are more comfortable with where we are,” Mulflur said. “We understand that rankings don’t matter. Rankings don’t hit the ball.”

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