TANAGURA, Japan -- Washington men’s golf finished their first tournament of the season on Thursday, placing second behind Tohoku Fukushi University. The Dawgs finished with a three-day total of 12-under 819, nine strokes off the lead and one clear of UAB who finished third.
The top three teams entered the day within three strokes of each other, but it was Tohoku Fukushi who had the low round of the day to earn the tournament title. The Dawgs finished the final round with a score of 4-over 284, the identical score to UAB to hold off the Blazers as the top American team.
Freshman Corey Pereira had the low final round for Washington, firing a 1-under 69. Pereira had and impressive collegiate debut with three rounds in the 60’s to finish at 4-under 206 to tie for fifth. Kenta Konishi and Taihei Sato of Tohoku Fukushi tied for the overall title at 7-under 203.
Also in that tie for fifth, three strokes off the lead was Cheng Tsung-Pan after a final round of 2-over 72. Pan, who shot 64 in the second round, could not keep up that torrid pace.
The other Husky under par for the tournament was Jonathan Sanders, who placed tied for 13th. Sanders shot a final-round 71, but finished 1-under for the tournament after a pair of 69’s in the opening two rounds.
Finishing at even par and tied for 15th was Trevor Simsby after matching Pan’s 72 on Thursday. Simsby made five bogeys and three birdies for a round of 2-over par to give back the two stokes her earned after and opening round 68.
Finally, freshman Kevin Kwon completed his first collegiate tournament with a closing round of 2-over 72. Kwon finished tied for 17th with a three-day total of 1-over 211.
Washington will now head back to Seattle as they prepare to host the Kikkor Golf Husky Invitational next Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 16-17. The Dawgs will welcome a deep field to Gold Mountain’s Olympic Course for an exciting couple days of golf.