Thursday, November 05, 2015

Charlotte Thomas wins  big event on Hawaii and Bronte Law helps UCLA to team title

  Bronte Law (first left) and the winning UCLA team in the Hawaii college tournament.

With a few extra words by Colin Farquharson
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – University of Washington final year student from Singapore via Surrey,Charlotte Thomas, entered the final round of the Pac-12 Preview at Nanea Golf Club sitting atop the leaderboard and that’s where she stayed, finishing with a three-round total  of 7-under 212 to earn her first title of the 2015-16 US college golf season and her third-career tourna-ment win as a Husky.

Thomas, pictured, commanded the lead through all three rounds in the stacked field, opening up the event with a 3-under 70. She improved upon that score during the second 18 holes of the day on Monday with her season-low round of 4-under 69.
 It was the first time during the autumn season that Thomas posted back-to-back sub-par rounds. The senior closed out the tournament Tuesday with an even par 73 for her first tournament win since the 2013-14 season.
“I’m so happy for Charlotte and her win today,” said head coach Mary Lou Mulflur. “Her fall season didn’t go exactly how she wanted it to so it was great seeing her play her game out there this week
"Even when she shot a double bogey on her third hole today, she was able to get back and finish at even par. It’s a great confidence builder for her and will give her momentum to build upon when we start back up after the mid-winter break."
Thomas closed out the autumn campaign with four top 20 finishes and three top 10 efforts.
Thomas's compatriot, Bronte Law from Cheshire bounced back from an 82 in the second-round, her worst ever US college score, to shoot a five-under 68 in the final round, having started the three-round event with a 69. Bronte was bogey-free in both her sub-70 rounds.
Law'a 68 included birdies at the second, fifth, ninth, 11th and 13th. The Pac-12 Golfer of October has had six under-par rounds in her last seven.
English champion Law finished on level par despite that "awful" second round and helped UCLA (California-Los Angeles) to win the team title by seven strokes from Arizona State.
Five of the six UCLA players finished in the top 15 with Bront Law filling fourth place..
By the time Washington and UCLA resume action in February, there will only be something like four months to go to the Curtis Cup match at Dun Laoghaire Golf Club near Dublin in June 2016.
Thomas and Law played for GB and I in the Astor Trophy tournament in Australia in Januiary of this year and again in the Vagliano Trophy match against the Continent of Europe at Malone GC, Belfast where GB and I came closer to beating the trophy holders than they have done for several years.