May 17, 2013
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|NCAA Regionals (Tallahassee, Fla.)
Thurs.-Sat., May 16-18 | Round 2 Results
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Behind Charlie Hughes' 7-under 65, top-seed Washington recorded the best score Friday in the second round of the NCAA Men's Golf Regional in Tallahassee, Fla. and remains second among 13 teams on the leaderboard.
|T2||Cheng-Tsung Pan (2)||67||67||134|
|T6||Charlie Hughes (5)||71||65||136|
|T13||Chris Williams (1)||68||71||139|
|T26||Trevor Simsby (3)||70||72||142|
|T47||Jonathan Sanders (4)||73||74||147|
The Huskies combined to shoot a season-low 13-under 275 and have a two-day total of 551 (-25) through 36 holes of play at Golden Eagle Golf and Country Club. They head to Saturday's final round trailing fourth-seeded North Florida by two strokes. Host Florida State is third behind the Huskies, trailing by two strokes.
Oregon if fourth at -14, while Georgia Tech and South Florida are tied for fifth at -12. Oklahoma is the only other team under par at -11.
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.
Washington got off to a relatively pedestrian start as a team before kicking it into high gear on the back nine. The four counting golfers were a combined 1-under on the front nine, before combining to shoot 12-under on the back. UW wrapped up the round with three birdies and two eagles on the par-5 18th hole.
"For the most part, the team battled itself for much of the day," UW Coach Matt Thurmond said from Florida. "We could not get much going and then we had an amazing finish."
Jonathan Sanders entered the clubhouse first with a birdie, followed by an eagle from Trevor Simsby and birdie from Hughes. Chris Williams finished with his second-consecutive eagle on the hole and was followed by a birdie from Cheng-Tsung Pan.
"It's unbelievable," Thurmond said. "That hole is not that easy."
Golfers have to avoid water both in the fairway off the tee and on their approach shot to the green. Thurmond said, "It takes two really good shots to reach the green safely in two."
As pleased as Thurmond was with his team's finish, he seemed most excited about the play of Hughes. The senior shot a bogey-free, career-best 65 to record the lowest score of the day among the field's 75 competitors.
Hughes was even through eight holes and used an eagle on the par-5 ninth hole to jump-start his round. He would add birdies on 10, three-consecutive on holes 14 through 16, before putting a feather in his cap on 18 with a final birdie.
"I'm really, really happy for him. He went seven under over his last 10 holes," Thurmond said after Hughes recorded the lowest score of any Husky all season.
"I guess it looks like a big deal because he hasn't done this very often, but those of us that know him and watch him play every day know that he can do this. I'm just happy he gets to enjoy a great day."
Hughes is tied for sixth among individuals with a two-day total of 136 (-8).
Among the golfers Hughes trails is his teammate Pan. The sophomore first team All-Pac-12 selection notched his second-consecutive round of 67 and is tied for second at -10 overall. He and Florida State's Chase Seiffert enter Saturday's final round chasing MJ Maguire of North Florida, who sits at 11-under.
Pan had seven birdies during the round, including five on the back nine. The only thing keeping him from the top of the leaderboard were bogeys on No.'s 5 and 14.
Next on the leaderboard among Huskies is Williams. The Hogan Award finalist salvaged a 71 thanks to his eagle on 18 and is -5 overall. He is tied for 13th.
Simsby shot even-par 72 and has a total of 142 (-2). The junior honorable mention All-Pac-12 performer was able to erase a 3-over deficit through 14 holes thanks to a birdie-birdie-bogey-eagle finish. He is tied for 26th.
Freshman Sanders shot a non-counting 74. He started his round and finished his round with birdies, but otherwise had to settle for pars, two bogeys and one double-bogey. He is tied for 47th with a score of 147 (+3).
The Huskies will be paired with North Florida and Florida State on Saturday and will tee off starting at 8:45 a.m. ET (5:45 a.m. PT).
The three teams in the group are all double-digit strokes above the cutline for advancing to the NCAA tournament, but Thurmond know his Huskies will need to remain focused on Saturday.
"The way to really screw up in this sport is to worry about a bunch of things and people that you cannot control," Thurmond said. "No matter where we are playing and what place we are in, my focus will always be on us just doing our deal and playing the best we can. We're fortunate enough that we are a good enough team and we are talented enough that if we play well we will beat most people.
"So, that's what we'll do tomorrow," he continued. "We won't look forward or back. We'll look at ourselves and try to play awesome."
|Course:Golden Eagle Country Club: NCAA Regional Par 72 - 6965 Yards