Chu leads Cougars at Silverado Showdown

Cougars send Chu, Baumgart to California for individual play; finish 62nd, tied for 63rd



Then-freshman Amy Chu focuses hitting on range at WSU’s practice facility.

DAYLON HICKS, Evergreen reporter

The WSU women’s golf team sent two of their members to play individually at the Silverado Showdown in Napa, California from Monday to Wednesday.

Junior Amy Chu and redshirt senior Emily Baumgart were the Cougars’ two representatives, with Chu finishing her three rounds 62nd with a score of 238 and Baumgart tied for 63rd with a 239.

On day one of the tournament on April 5, Chu was able to wrap up her first 18 holes of play by going six-over par with a 78. This gave her the tie for 55th on the player leaderboard to start off the second round.

Baumgart carded a score of 81 (+9) during her first go-around at the Silverado Spa and Resort Golf Course. That gave her a tie for 70th heading to the second round of competition.

UCLA sat atop the team leaderboard at the end of the first round in California. The Bruins shot even-par with a 288 to help give them the lead. First place in individuals was tied by two Pac-12 golfers, as Washington’s Stefanie Deng and Oregon State’s Ellie Slama each completed the first round with a 67 (-5).

Chu was able to finish the second day a tie for 62nd on the player leaderboard, ending the day with a total score of 159 (+15). Chu shot an 81 (+9) in her second go-around at the Showdown.

Baumgart was tied for 65th after two rounds and was able to shave two strokes off her first-round score. The Washington-native carded a score of 79 (+7) in the second round.

UCLA still remained at the top of the team leaderboard at the end of the second round, as they shot a 577 (+1) as a team through two days of the tournament. Slama sat on top of the leaderboard by carding 135 (-9) so far in the tournament.

Both the Cougar representatives received top-65 finishes at the end of WSU’s three-day stay in California.

Chu was able to round out the tournament by shooting a 79 (+7) in the third round. Baumgart finished one-stroke behind Chu as she rounded out with a score of 239 (+23). She also was able to match Chu’s third-round score of a 79 in her final day as well.

USC captured the team title to pass UCLA on the last day, as the Trojans shot an 862 (-2). Slama was able to hold on as the best golfer in the tournament after she carded a 214 (-8) to finish.

The Cougars will be back in competition for the Pac-12 Championship on April 23-25. This year’s conference championship tournament will be hosted by Stanford and will take place on the Stanford Golf Course in Stanford, California.