KANEOHE, Hawaii – Washington State women’s golf moved up one spot on the leaderboard to finish fifth place at the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational. The Cougars scored a 302 in round three bringing their final score to 906 (+42). This is the second time this season that WSU has finished in the top-5.
Mississippi State (35-golfstat) won the tournament with a score of 875 (+11). North Carolina State (19-golfstat) came in second place (+32, 896) followed by Southern Methodist in third posting a score of 897 (+33). Washington State finished one stroke behind a local rival, Gonzaga (39-golfstat), making WSU the highest non-ranked finisher of the tournament among NCAA D-I schools.
Junior, Kristen Rue, moved up ten spots on the leaderboard to land in the top-15 individual finishers. Rue placed tied-11th overall with a score of 224 (+8). The junior had the strongest performance of the day in the final round of the tournament carding a 73 (+1).
Another Cougar cracking the top-25 was senior, Mallory Kent, who finished tied-16th (+10, 226) at the end of the tournament.
Sophomores, Nani Yanagi and Monica Huang, both nearly missed the top-25 finishing tied-28th (+15, 231). Yanagi, shot her second lowest round of the tournament (+5, 77) and Huang’s final round (+3, 75) was good enough to move her up 24 spots on the final leaderboard.
"I am proud of the team's finish this week at the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational," said Head Coach Kelli Kamimura. "We left a few shots out there, but the players continue to compete hard and show improvement."
Next, the Cougars head to Tempe, Arizona for the annual Ping/ASU Invitational hosted by Arizona State on Apr. 4-6, 2014.