TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Huskies are out of the gate in style at the PING/ASU Invitational, building a three-stroke lead after one round. No. 11 Washington fired a round of 4-under 284 with three individuals under par.
The host and sixth-ranked Sun Devils of Arizona State are three strokes back at 1-under, while No. 7 South Carolina and No. 9 Arizona are tied for third at even-par, four strokes back of the Huskies. Overall, eight teams are within seven strokes of Washington, six of those ranked in the top-10.
“It was an extraordinary day for us,” head coach Mary Lou Mulflur said. “We came out and did what we are capable of. Everyone was playing well so nobody had to worry about a high score being kept. That took the pressure off and gave everyone a lot of confidence.”
The Huskies were led by SooBin Kim who fired a round of 3-under 69. She is tied of third just one stroke off the lead after a round of four birdies and just a single bogey. Kim had it to 4-under, before making her only bogey of the day on the 17th hole. Still, she is just a single stroke off the lead shared by Katelyn Dambaugh of South Carolina and Ani Gulugian of UCLA.
Just two strokes back of Kim are Kelli Bowers and Ying Luo in a tie for 12th at 1-under. Bowers made four birdies on the day, while Luo had three birdies and two bogeys.
“I was really proud of Kelly,” Mulflur said. “She made a double-bogey on 13, but came right back to birdie 14 and 15. It was really good to see.”
Rounding out the Husky squad were Jennifer Yang and Charlotte Thomas who each fired a round of 1-over 73. Both made two birdies and three bogeys on the day, while keeping the Dawgs rolling with the lack of a big score.
Washington will be back on the course Saturday for the second round of the PING/ASU Invitational. The Dawgs will play with Arizona State and South Carolina, beginning at 12:20 p.m.