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May 30, 2013

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Chris<!> Williams made this chip from just off the green on No. 14 to record a birdie.

Washington NCAA Championship (Milton, Ga.)

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MILTON, Ga. - The season came to an end for the Washington men's golf team on Thursday when they finished tied for 16th after the final round of stroke play in the NCAA Championship at Capital City Club in Milton, Ga. The Huskies shot 4-over 284 for a three-day total of 848 (+8) and ended up six shots off the cutline.

T16 Washington 281 283 284 848
T32 Chris Williams (1) 72 70 68 210
T49 Trevor Simsby (3) 68 72 72 212
T69 Charlie Hughes (5) 73 69 72 214
T93 Jonathan Sanders (4) 69 72 75 216
T109 Cheng-Tsung Pan (2) 72 74 72 218

Only the top-eight teams advance to match play, which will be contested Friday through Sunday on the Crabapple Course.

California led the field with a three-day total of 16-under 824. Host Georgia Tech was six shots back of the Bears.

Also advancing to match play are Alabama, Texas, Illinois, New Mexico, UNLV and Arizona State.

Cal's Max Homa won medalist honors after finishing 9 under for the tournament.

For Washington, it marked the first time in four outing since the match play format was introduced in 2009 that the Huskies have failed to make it to head-to-head competition.

"I'm obviously disappointed we didn't play better," Matt Thurmond said after his team's 10th NCAA Championship in his 12 years as Huskies' head coach. "But there have been times when I've been far more disappointed.

"The fact is, we weren't that close. We were six shots from making it and from day one we were kind of behind the eight ball. I felt like we played hard; we just didn't quite have it."

The Huskies entered the day still in contention at +4 overall and four strokes off the cutline. But, forced to start on the much tougher back nine and in the less ideal late afternoon, it was not meant to be for the Huskies this year.

Cheng-Tsung Pan, who was named first team PING All-America following the round, started things off for the Huskies and got them headed in the right direction with an early birdie on No. 11. But, birdies were few and far between for the team and they made the turn collectively at +6.

The front nine is considered the easier half of the course and that held true for the Huskies as they converted nine birdie opportunities. Unfortunately, a few untimely bogeys cost the team and ultimately they shot 2 under over the final nine holes.

Thursday marked the end of the career for two Huskies, including Ben Hogan Award winner and the school's all-time wins leader Chris Williams. He ended his career with a bang, carding a final round 2-under 68, including a birdie on his final hole as a collegiate golfer. Following the round, Williams lamented missed opportunities all week.

"It was my best score of the week, but I still didn't play all that great," said Williams, who will play in the U.S. Open at Merion, June 10-16 and then intends to turn pro.

"It wasn't how I imagined I would end my career, but I'm proud of all that I accomplished and loved my time as a Husky."

Williams ended up the tournament as the Huskies' top finisher with a three-day total of 210 (E). He tied for 32nd overall.

It also marked the end of Charlie Hughes' career. He became the first Husky to be named three times to the Pac-12 All-Academic squad when earlier in the day when he was anointed to the second team.

Hughes wrapped up his career with a final round 72 and finished with a three-day total of 214 (+4). He tied for 69th.

"They are just amazing guys," Thurmond said. "From the start of their freshman year they set an amazing tone as far as hard work and commitment every day. It was just a whole new level for anyone in our program. That is what they will always be remembered for, and that's pretty special."

Junior Trevor Simsby and Pan also shot 72. Simsby tied for 49th with a three-day total of 212 (+2), while Pan tied for 109th with 218 (+8).

Freshman Jonathan Sanders shot a non-counting 75 in the final round. He finished his first-ever NCAA Championship tied for 93rd at +6 (216).

The Huskies will remain in Atlanta on Friday before returning to Seattle on Saturday. Thurmond and his squad won't wallow in their sorrows while enjoying their final day in Georgia tomorrow.

"We finished 16th and we're here at the national championship," Thurmond said. "We beat about 285 Division I teams this year.

"We still had a good year. It just wasn't our goal to be done today, but most goals ultimately don't get met. That's just the nature of sports."

Course:Capital City Club: Crabapple Course     Par 70 - 7319 yards
current
position
team scoring rounds total
score
to par thru today 1 2 3
1
1 California
-16 F   -5 277 272 275 824
2
7 Georgia Tech
-10 F   +2 274 274 282 830
T3
2 Alabama
-7 F   +2 275 276 282 833
T3
4 Texas
-7 F   +3 279 271 283 833
5
26 Illinois
-5 F   -2 276 281 278 835
T6
6 New Mexico
+2 F   -4 292 274 276 842
T6
28 UNLV
+2 F   -8 286 284 272 842
T6
38 Arizona State
+2 F   +4 270 288 284 842
T6
21 Texas A&M
+2 F   +2 285 275 282 842
The top 8 teams advance to Match Play
(Ties will be resolved.)
10
9 Arkansas
+3 F   +6 286 271 286 843
T11
27 Oklahoma
+5 F   +3 278 284 283 845
T11
15 Florida State
+5 F   +1 287 277 281 845
13
19 Auburn
+6 F   -5 292 279 275 846
T14
39 Texas Tech
+7 F   -4 288 283 276 847
T14
16 Oklahoma State
+7 F   -5 279 293 275 847
T16
5 Washington
+8 F   +4 281 283 284 848
T16
31 UCF
+8 F   +7 287 274 287 848
18
18 North Florida
+9 F   +6 281 282 286 849
T19
10 TCU
+10 F   +4 294 272 284 850
T19
14 Georgia
+10 F   +1 286 283 281 850
T19
32 Tennessee
+10 F   +7 286 277 287 850
22
46 Coastal Carolina
+11 F   +3 293 275 283 851
T23
17 LSU
+14 F   +7 285 282 287 854
T23
12 Southern California
+14 F   +5 291 278 285 854
25
11 Florida
+17 F   +3 291 283 283 857
26
3 UCLA
+18 F   +8 289 281 288 858
T27
20 South Carolina
+28 F   +6 286 296 286 868
T27
24 Kent State
+28 F   +13 282 293 293 868
29
23 St. Mary's (CA)
+29 F   +8 287 294 288 869
30
  Ball State
+32 F   +13 290 289 293 872
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