The #6 ranked Washington Women's Golf team didn't do it in impressive fashion. But they did it.
Given the dark cloud hanging around Washington athletics at the moment, we'll take it.
The Lady Dawgs needed to catch some breaks in the process, but their firth place finish in the San Antonio Regionals was enough to punch their ticket to the NCAA Finals. The tournament will be played at Concessions Club in Bradenton, Florida on May 22-27.
The #6 Huskies will be one of 24 teams in the finals. Despite a rough go of it in the regionals, the Huskies are expected to be one of the teams with an excellent chance to do some damage in the tournament. But, to do so, they are going to have to get everybody firing on all cylinders. Of note, star Jennifer Yang will be counted on to bounce back from a 51st place finish in the regionals. The Huskies, in fact, only had one player - Charlotte Thomas - finish in the top 10 in San Antonio.
As always, thanks to UW's Ricky Brackett for his excellent work covering UW golf. Here is the full press release. Go Dawgs!
Dawgs Advance To NCAA FinalsRelease: 05/09/2015
SAN ANTONIO, Texas – No. 6 Washington was far from its best at the final round of the NCAA San Antonio Regional, but it was enough to advance to the NCAA Finals for the 12th time in program history. The Dawgs finished with a score of 12-over 300 to tie for fifth place at 2-under 862 for the championship.
After two days contending for the lead, the Huskies went backwards in the final round, but their work over the first 36 holes held up to advance. Washington will now compete in the NCAA Finals in Bradenton, Fla., on May 22 to May 27.
The Huskies will be guaranteed three days of stroke play, needing to finish in the top eight to advance to the match play portion of the tournament. The new format for NCAA women’s golf will be covered more in depth this season by the Golf Channel.
With the Dawgs falling from contention for the Regional title, No. 21 Baylor took advantage, winning with a cumulative score of 22-under 842. No. 3 UCLA finished second at 19-under, while No. 14 Tennessee dropped back to third at 14-under after leading heading into the final day. No. 11 Texas A&M finished fourth at 10-under, while No. 37 Texas Tech tied for the final two qualifying spots with Washington at 2-under.
No. 43 Texas was the first team out, placing seventh at even par. The Longhorns entered the day in sixth place, but shot 5-over on the day to finish two shots away from the NCAA Finals.
Individually, Hayley Davis of Baylor led wire to wire to earn the Regional title. She finished with a three-day total of 16-under 200. Bronte Law of UCLA was second at 11-under, while Dylan Kim of Baylor and Emmie Pietila of Tennnessee tied for third at 8-under.
The Huskies were led by Charlotte Thomas who earned a top-10, finishing tied for 10th at 3-under for the week. Her final round of 1-under 71 was the only in red figures on the day for the Huskies. Thomas made four birdies and three bogeys on the day to lead the Dawgs to the NCAA Finals.
Sophomore Eimi Koga also fared well, finishing tied for 13th at 2-under. Koga made a pair of eights over the first five holes to ruin any chance of contending for the individual title, but then righted the ship to play the final 13 holes at 3-under. Koga’s resiliency ended up playing big as UW kept her score of 4-over 76 that included quadruple and triple bogeys.
Also shooting 4-over 76 was Jennifer Yang who finished at 5-over for the tournament and tied for 51st. Yang made just one birdie on Saturday, mixing with five bogeys.
Cyd Okino and Ying Luo rounded out the squad, each shooting 5-over 77 for the final round. Okino finished the week at 2-over and tied for 33rd, while Luo was 4-over and tied for 46th.
The Dawgs will now turn their attention to the NCAA Finals, which will be played at Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla. Despite a rough final round at regionals, the Huskies will be among the teams with hopes of making some noise at the finals.