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UW Second After One Round Of Golf Regional Play
Release: 05/16/2013
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May 16, 2013

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Cheng-Tsung<!> Pan fired a bogey-free 67 on Thursday and is tied for fourth after the first round of the NCAA Regional in Tallahassee.

Washington NCAA Regionals (Tallahassee, Fla.)

Thurs.-Sat., May 16-18 | Round 1 Results Get Acrobat Reader
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The top-seeded Washington men's golf team combined to shoot a season-low 12-under 276 in first round action of the NCAA Regional in Tallahassee, Fla. on Thursday and sits second on the team leaderboard.

2 Washington 276 276
T4 Cheng-Tsung Pan (2) 67 67
T6 Chris Williams (1) 68 68
T20 Trevor Simsby (3) 70 70
T30 Charlie Hughes (5) 71 71
T41 Jonathan Sanders (4) 73 73

Eight out of 13 teams in the field fired under-par rounds at Golden Eagle Golf and Country Club, led by North Florida's round of 272 (-16). The third-seeded Osprey's are four strokes ahead of Washington and five better than host Florida State heading into Friday's second round.

Despite the second best score of the day, Huskies' coach Matt Thurmond felt that his team was not at its best on Thursday.

"I'm not saying we played bad or anything, but we have had far better rounds this year, even though the score looks really good," he said. "The course is scoreable and we felt like for most of the day we made some birdies like everyone else, but we were throwing a lot of shots away too.

"Had we not finished like we did, I think we would have been a lot more frustrated than we are now. We had an amazing finish."

Thurmond judged that the par-3 17th is the toughest hole on the course and No. 18 has several water hazards flanking the fairway and green. UW combined to score 1-under on 17 and was collectively -5 on the finishing hole.

Leading the way all day for the Huskies was sophomore Cheng-Tsung Pan. He shot a bogey-free 67 (-5) at the 6,965-yard, par-72 course and is tied for fourth on the individual leaderboard. It was his first round in the 60's this spring after recording six of them in the fall.

"He played some golf, finally," Thurmond jokingly said of his two-time first team All-Pac-12 player.

"It was just a really, really good round of golf. He gave himself a ton of opportunities to make birdies and I think he feels like he could have made more, but he still made some and didn't make any mistakes."

Pan trails tournament leader MJ Maguire of North Florida by two strokes and is one shot behind Anders Albertson of Georgia Tech and Chase Seiffert of Florida State.

Right on Pan's heels is the Huskies' other first team all-conference performer Chris Williams. The Hogan Award finalist eagled the final hole of the day to shoot 68 and finish tied for sixth with seven other golfers.

Williams took an aggressive approach on the final hole that paid off handsomely for him. After a perfect drive, he hit a seven iron over water and right at the flag from 195 yards out. He landed five feet from the hole and calmly converted his eagle putt.

Next on the leaderboard for Huskies is junior Trevor Simsby. The honorable mention all-Pac-12 performer finished tied for 20th after shooting 2-under 70.

Senior Charlie Hughes, making his fourth NCAA regional appearance for the Huskies, shot 71 and is tied for 30th.

Freshman Jonathan Sanders was the only Husky golfer above par and shot a non-counting 73. He is tied for 41st.

A total of 35 golfers in the 75 player field finished the round under par. Thurmond knows that his team will have to remain focused to navigate three days of play at the course and avoid the trap of play with a sense of contentment.

"The two biggest challenges are to stay sharp and remain hungry," he said. "Even when you're a couple strokes under par, it's all relative and I think you need to treat the easier shots with the same focus that you treat the harder shots.

"You have to balance that with being patient and knowing that even knowing a hole may be a birdie hole that you still have to hit really good shots and make the putt to score well."

Washington will be paired with North Florida and Florida State in Friday's second round. The three teams are scheduled to tee off at 9:15 a.m. ET (6:15 a.m. PT) from the No. 1 tee.

The top five teams from each of six regions and top individual from a non-advancing team after 54 holes of play will move on to compete in the NCAA Championship, May 28-June 2 at the Capital City Club in Atlanta, Ga.

Course:Golden Eagle Country Club: NCAA Regional     Par 72 - 6965 Yards
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position
team scoring rounds total
score
to par thru today 1
1
19 North Florida
-16 F   -16 272 272
2
6 Washington
-12 F   -12 276 276
3
14 Florida State
-11 F   -11 277 277
T4
43 Oregon
-8 F   -8 280 280
T4
7 Georgia Tech
-8 F   -8 280 280
T4
  South Florida
-8 F   -8 280 280
T7
31 Wake Forest
-4 F   -4 284 284
T7
30 Oklahoma
-4 F   -4 284 284
9
42 North Carolina State
+1 F   +1 289 289
10
  Oregon State
+4 F   +4 292 292
T11
  Iowa
+11 F   +11 299 299
T11
  San Diego
+11 F   +11 299 299
13
  Loyola Univ-Maryland
+13 F   +13 301 301
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