Foster senior helps deliver UW’s first national team title in women’s golf

Ying-Luo3Congratulations to Ying Luo, the Foster School’s latest national champion!

The senior from Shenzhen, China, helped drive the Husky women’s golf team to its first NCAA Championship this week at the Eugene Country Club in Oregon. In several days of riveting match play, the 13th ranked Huskies outlasted Virginia, top-ranked UCLA and defending champ Stanford to achieve the pinnacle of collegiate golf.

Luo led the young Husky team into match play—a progressive tournament of five-player duals that decides the team champion—with her team-best 11th place finish in the preliminary NCAA Women’s Medal Championship, finishing four rounds of golf at one-under-par 287.

NatlchampsIn the thrilling final round of match play, Luo won her match with a spectacular 45-yard birdie wedge on the 18th hole before teammate Julianne Alvarez broke a 2-2 deadlock in the 20th hole of her matchup that triggered the Husky celebration.

In her final season at the UW, Luo earned her third All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention selection after posting a top-25 finish in all but one of the UW’s 12 events this season. Her best showing was a second-place at the prestigious Peg Barnard Invitational.

Outstanding in the classroom as well as the links, Luo, who studies finance at Foster, is a three-time Pac-12 All-Academic First-Team selection, and has been named a Scholar All-American the past three years.

Not a bad way to cap a remarkable college career.

“I’m so thrilled for Ying,” said Husky Coach Mary Lou Mulflur. “She’s just a great story. She was a walk-on, came from China with just two suitcases and no clubs, no family or anything and it’s just unbelievable to see somebody that determined and that passionate about being good in whatever she does.”